Resonance

Bjork comes to terms with heartache on her deepest cut to date.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.26.19 PMOn her latest single, the Icelandic chanteuse details the breakdown of her relationship. “Stonemilker” is a beautiful, gut wrenching, torturous requiem that nearly clocks in at seven minutes in length. The former Sugarcubes singer delivers a personal confessional that we can find solace and comfort in.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Big booming drums and swirling synths transform lush, radio-ready modern pop into something more adventurous.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.29.37 PMDella Memoria’s Beautiful Dream is haunting, hushed, bombastic and dramatic. Emily Sholes’s gorgeous vocals glide from throaty croon to swoon-inducing soar over a moody, sometimes experimental backdrop of raucous rhythms, pulsing churn and ethereal balladry. For fans of Lorde, Phantogram.

 

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A pioneer of electronic music, Aphex Twin breaks out sparse jazzy beats.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.35.03 PMAfter years of sparse releases, we get two in five months! The title hints at what’s inside. While Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 is reminiscent of the meditative tracks from Drukqs, what really stands out here is Alarm Will Sound’s excellent 2005 acoustic take on Aphex Twin.

 

 

His old stuff is great, but Kinane’s still at the top of his game.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.36.25 PMKyle Kinane’s third release I Liked His Old Stuff Better” finds the gravel-voiced comic feeling pretty happy. Recorded at 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, Kinane talks graveyard Frisbee-golf, alchemy and “metal” pig heart transplants. Keep you eye on the track titles for an extra giggle. 

 

Dude hangs up last year’s glitter for a lo-fi acoustic EP.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.41.14 PMPlaying an acoustic guitar hardly means you can’t rock out. Just ask Allah-Las or better yet, Ty Segall. His 2015 Mr. Face EP plays like a morning-after chaser from 2014’s glammy LP Manipulator. But there are still plenty of distorted surfy electric leads in this lo-fi return to form.

 

Soft spoken singer recalls yesteryear’s folk luminaries with an outstanding second single.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.39.42 PMPicking up where her 2012 eponymous debut ended, the velvet voiced Jessica Pratt has recorded a lovely single. It would sit well with vintage recordings by Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier or Linda Perhacs. There are even some period-correct mellotron tones here. “Back, Baby” is both sublime and strong.

 

Yet another GBV offshoot that surprisingly (or maybe not) sounds like Guided By Voices!
Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.45.14 PMAnd we’re not complaining. GBV leader Robert Pollard famously always has more songs than he knows what to do with, often requiring new “bands” (or just new band names) to find homes for them all. Ricked Wicky’s I Sell The Circus is crazy-catchy, jangle-pop, GBV-style genius.

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