Macklemore – Gemini

Seattle rapper Macklemore's third studio album and first without producer Ryan Lewis sees him largely abandon the maudlin and misguided political exploits that colored his 2015 effort This Unruly Mess I've Made, falling instead into a cycle of trend-hopping that is so specific I'll be surprised if he doesn't wind up with a few lawsuits on … Continue reading Macklemore – Gemini

Rostam – Half-Light

All-star producer and former Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij's debut album Half-Light sees him venture closer to the melodic art-rock of his past than his more recent pop exploits, making the kind of off-kilter and unique artistic statement that we only could have expected from him. After contributing to recent masterpieces from Frank Ocean, Solange and Carly … Continue reading Rostam – Half-Light

ODESZA – A Moment Apart

Seattle electronic duo ODESZA's third studio album comes after some high-profile remixes and extensive touring bringing them some more widespread appeal. Riding the rising tide of softer-toned electronic sounds subbed as chillwave, their latest project A Moment Apart expands upon the sound over the course of its hour-long runtime. When breaking out of their typical formula and … Continue reading ODESZA – A Moment Apart

Alvvays – Antisocialites

Toronto indie-pop quintet Alvvays release the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut three years later, and expand upon many of the aspects that drew fans to them in the first place. Antisocialites sees Alvvays step further into their unique musical niche, providing dreampop vocals and the structure of an indie band but backing this all up … Continue reading Alvvays – Antisocialites

The Script – Freedom Child

Irish pop group The Script's fifth studio album Freedom Child is half a decade removed from their last significant hit, as they attempt to modernize their sound to better fit into the current radio climate. The band's work is more electronic than before, adding the odd dance drop, contrasting with the still-present crowdpleasing pop-rock. Even more prominent, … Continue reading The Script – Freedom Child

LCD Soundsystem – american dream

Critically acclaimed new wave group LCD Soundsystem reunite for their fourth studio album and first in seven years, american dream. The band returns to their traditionally lengthy tracks and winding, electronic and funk-infused instrumentals, as frontman James Murphy delivers some self-aware lyrics about his declining creativity and increasing age in a faster-paced world. american dream is a … Continue reading LCD Soundsystem – american dream