Radiohead knows How To Disappear Completely – and return with a new single.
Puns aside, last week Radiohead wiped their entire web presence. In their typically playful and enigmatic way, this signaled “Burn The Witch.” Thom Yorke’s lyrics offer up social commentary, while the music deviates from The King Of Limbs’ sparse electronica, and instead incorporates strings and a strong melody.
by Mat Bates
PSYCHEDELIC / PROG / HARD ROCK
Second full length from these retro-psych revivalists.
Strutting and swaggering through some wildly grooving, hard rocking prog rock pageantry; London based Purson return in a flurry of paisley bell-bottoms, silk scarves, fringed jackets, feathered headbands and beaded moccasins. Psychedelic cabaret collides with glittery stomp and pomp, balancing lysergic sonic swirls and folky freak-outs with distorted fuzz and dizzyingly carnivalesque arrangements.
Eno’s long shadow blessedly continues to grace us.
Brian Eno, a living wizard of modern music if ever there was one, gives us his 25th solo album. Lead single “The Ship” clocks in at over 20 minutes of glorious textures of slowly building sounds with some haunting low male vocals (possibly thanks to British actor-turned-singer Peter Serafinowicz?!). Gorgeous stuff.
by Diego Gonzalez.
John Doe – The Westerner
X marks the thought.
The first thing you’ll notice about John Doe’s new solo album is how thoughtful the lyrics are. Graced with Southwestern flavors (Doug Sahm haunts “Get On Board”) and timeless production from Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, The Westerner overflows with poetic lyricism and locomotive Americana. Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall provide backing vocal cameos.
by Eric Shea
La Habana Te Envuelve
Pedrito Martínez and Issac Delgado exchange verses in a sincerely heartfelt homage a La Habana, from two of her most prodigious expats. The intro synths, keyboard and rhythms evoke some of the iconic timba recordings of the early ‘90s. Within this nostalgic framework, there is great optimism in the face of seemingly imminent and unstoppable change.
ELECTRONIC / HIP HOP
Young Montreal producer KAYTRANADA may still be living at home, but he exemplifies a profound cultural nexus: the merging of EDM, soul, rap and house, smashing genre (and racial) barriers. 99.9% is one of the most thrilling albums of 2016, merging J Dilla’s organic style with sunny dance grooves and a tremendous guestlist (AlunaGeorge, Little Dragon, Anderson .Paak).
by Party Ben
Lose your phone charger, pretend it’s the ‘90s and buy this album.
Cincinnati-based comic Geoff Tate is back after 2014’s Just Another Clown. An opener for Doug Stanhope and Doug Benson, Tate holds his own here, applying his sleepy-yet-incisive delivery to the existence of Deer Jesus, being fat in Ohio and handling traffic stops in the age of social media.
Mike Posner is finally comfortable, with or without you.
Two years ago, Mike Posner ditched Hollywood, lived in a van and sought truth while reflecting on his fading celebrity. Ironically, Posner’s new songs catapulted him back into the spotlight. His confessional lyrics paint an introspective, beautifully honest picture of an artist in transition, guiding his most impressive songwriting to date.
Melbourne septet goes hard!
Nonagon Infinity is an almost metal-ish nine-song continuous-loop, adding to the legacy of this boundary-crushing band. What may initially seem dispiriting starts sucking you in. It’s accelerated and riff heavy like Motörhead, yet sophisticated and spacey like Yes, rounding out the odd time signatures of King Crimson. The album is a master-class in passionately compelling music.
Love, Death And The Lady
A stunning new single from this UK songbird, “Jagged Boy” is a haunted, moonlit threnody, evoking the golden era of British folk. Evennett’s voice is a delicate mystery, warm and lustrous, yet fragile and crystalline – a bewitching blend of Kate Bush and Linda Perhacs, surrounded here by dolorous, reverb-drenched piano and woven into brokenhearted balladry.