Stonechild is Jesca Hoop’s sixth album. She explores the complex concerns of contemporary culture and politics through the personal and poetic. The ... More

Stonechild

Album by Jesca Hoop

Stonechild

Album by Jesca Hoop

Stonechild is Jesca Hoop’s sixth album. She explores the complex concerns of contemporary culture and politics through the personal and poetic. The album was recorded in Bristol with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit). Parish’s minimal and purist approach helped clarify Hoop and her ideas, refining and casting them like an element in its rawest form, subtly yet effectively re-aligning her sound.
        Hoop’s career has been dotted with collaborations, perhaps most notably her 2016 collaborative album with Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine), and for these sessions she found new collaborators in This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables, Rozi Plain and members of the band Lucius. While Hoop’s trademark finger-picked guitar and ethereal textures remain central, under the influence of Parish the songs and their presentation are ever more direct.
        The album’s title came to Hoop after a trip to a Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, where the Stonechild is the sad but compelling spectacle of an unborn foetus, that a woman carried for over 30 years. “They become a hard ball of bones, a rock. It’s a beautiful sounding word – phonetically, hard and soft – but also I was taken by the idea of carrying something for a long time and then giving it up. I hope I have created an album of substance. There is meat on these bones.” (Memphis Industries)

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Mattiel, the already critically lauded Atlanta-based band fronted by charismatic 26-year old frontwoman Mattiel Brown, releases her second album Satis Factory. (ATO) ... More

Satis Factory

Album by Mattiel

Satis Factory

Album by Mattiel

Mattiel, the already critically lauded Atlanta-based band fronted by charismatic 26-year old frontwoman Mattiel Brown, releases her second album Satis Factory. (ATO)

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Calexico and Iron & Wine release Years to Burn. This is Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino and Sam Beam of Iron ... More

Years to Burn

Album by Calexico/Iron & Wine

Years to Burn

Album by Calexico/Iron & Wine

Calexico and Iron & Wine release Years to Burn. This is Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine first full-length Album since the critically acclaimed 2005 In the Reins EP. Burns explains: “As touring musicians, we all have families at home, but we form a sort of family together on the road. Then we say goodbye and go home to our real families. So to reunite feels good, and to re-establish that connection to friends and music, and to find new directions and perspectives on life. This project had to find the right time. We’re all different people than we were in 2004, and music helps to bridge some of the gaps. For all the things going on in our world and in each of our lives, this connection, this friendship, this love that we have—this album is a vehicle for that bond. It’s a chance to see where we’re at, take stock and be there for our friends.” (Sub Pop)

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›› ISSUE Feature: Interview with Calexico and Iron & Wine in 2005 on their critically acclaimed In the Reins EP.

Four years after the release of his critically acclaimed horror film It Follows (2014) writer and director David Robert Mitchell returns with ... More

Under the Silver Lake

Film by David Robert Mitchell

Under the Silver Lake

Film by David Robert Mitchell

Four years after the release of his critically acclaimed horror film It Follows (2014) writer and director David Robert Mitchell returns with Under the Silver Lake a neo-noir black comedy thriller starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. The film follows an aimless young man living in a hip Los Angeles neighborhood who finds himself in over his head as he investigates the disappearance of his beautiful neighbor.(A24)

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Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now ... More

Night of the Worm Moon

Album by Shana Cleveland

Night of the Worm Moon

Album by Shana Cleveland

Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length Night of the Worm Moon, a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension. The record sees Cleveland expanding her sonic palette, incorporating psychedelic folk sounds with out-there subject matter and inspiration including Afrofuturism and alternate dimensions. (Hardly Art)

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Written and recorded during the first half of 2018, Weyes Blood’s fourth album, Titanic Rising, is the culmination of three albums and ... More

Titanic Rising

Album by Weyes Blood

Titanic Rising

Album by Weyes Blood

Written and recorded during the first half of 2018, Weyes Blood’s fourth album, Titanic Rising, is the culmination of three albums and many years of touring: stronger chops and ballsier decisions. It’s an achievement in transcendent vocals and levitating arrangements, conversational lyrics and thoughtful commentary on the modern condition of our souls, riding that line between classic songwriting and post-apocalyptic futurism. (Sub Pop)

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›› ISSUE Feature: Interview and performance by Weyes Blood.

The project of Australian songwriter and instrumentalist Eveyln Ida Morris, Pikelet grew out of Melbourne’s mid-2000s folk revival scene, characterized by looping ... More

Goodbye

EP by Pikelet

Goodbye

EP by Pikelet

The project of Australian songwriter and instrumentalist Eveyln Ida Morris, Pikelet grew out of Melbourne’s mid-2000s folk revival scene, characterized by looping structures and sonic experiments. Morris, who was once described as one of Australia’s “most fascinating and underrated musical icons” went on co-founded LISTEN, a feminist organization that promotes the visibility and experiences of marginalized peoples in Australian music. Now, after twelve years and five albums, Morris has released what will be the final Pikelet recording, the six-track EP Goodbye. Recorded and produced entirely by Morris, Goodbye is the most complete articulation of their Pikelet vision – experimental, inventive and uncompromising. (Baby Race Records)

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On Cheers, The Wild Reeds — comprising singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva, with drummer Nick Jones ... More

Cheers

Album by The Wild Reeds

Cheers

Album by The Wild Reeds 

On Cheers, The Wild Reeds — comprising singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva, with drummer Nick Jones and bass player Nick Phakpiseth — deliver sing-along anthems, lilting ‘60s pop-rock waltzes and even a hook-heavy track pop punk throwback. Even so, The Wild Reeds don’t shy away from sadness or open endings. The LA-based band’s third album creates beauty out of contradictions, finding community in individuality, tenderness in confrontation, and joy in the midst of grief and pain.(Dualtone Records)

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Stella Donnelly is a proud, self-proclaimed sh*t-stirrer. On her debut album, Beware of the Dogs, Donnelly says what needs to be said, ... More

Beware of the Dogs

Album by Stella Donnelly

Beware of the Dogs

Album by Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly is a proud, self-proclaimed sh*t-stirrer. On her debut album, Beware of the Dogs, Donnelly says what needs to be said, whether it’s to an abusive man, a terrible boss, or a clueless significant other. The Western Australian-based musician is fearless in telling it like it is, introducing herself to US audiences in late 2017 with the release of the song “Boys Will Be Boys,” which she wrote in 2016 about victim-blaming of survivors of sexual assault. With Beware of the Dogs, Donnelly’s knack for nuance continues to shine. (Secretly Canadian)

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›› ISSUE Feature: Interview and performance by Stella Donnelly