Album Reviews

Steady Holiday gives a defense of empathy and human connection on her new album “Take the Corners Gently”

In 2016 Dre Babinski (aka Steady Holiday), coming off her Coachella debut, told Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls that one of the biggest obstacles she’d faced to date was herself; that “allowing [herself] to be vulnerable” had become her “biggest challenge.” Fast-forward four years to the release of her sophomore album Take the Corners Gently and […]

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Arlo Parks’ Debut Album is a Lush, Thoughtful Croon for the Kindred Spirit

At just 20 years old, London-born artist Arlo Parks (full name, Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho) has proven to be a rare creative storm of youthful courage and insight beyond her years. Though she herself has noted she’s no old soul or voice of a generation, for the past few years, she has garnered acclaim from […]

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WILD remind us that compassion and positivity are melodic too on debut LP “Goin’ Back”

On their debut album Goin’ Back, Los Angeles indie-folk trio WILD continues to create for themselves a profoundly moving niche within the genre, intersecting the kind of anthemic alternative and pop hooks that make them such exciting newcomers. Made up of Lauren Luiz (vocals), Tyler Thompson (producer/guitar), and Zach Daegatano (vocals/guitar), WILD emphatically brand their […]

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Still Corners
Still Corners seek out escape in the desert-noir soundscapes of “The Last Exit”

Unfolding as a fever-dream of escape onto the open road, Still Corners Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes’s newest album The Last Exit is a hypnotic journey into the depths of their self-called desert noir sound. Like the dreamy and terrifyingly large natural world of Lord Huron‘s Strange Trails, poised with unexplored expanses and hiding dark […]

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Hether’s ‘Sticky Thumb’ is a Lo-fi Triptastic EP to Get Lost In

Combining laid back beach vibes with a psychedelic lo-fi atmosphere, San Diego native Hether strikes a resonating tone with his newest release ‘Sticky Thumb.’ From echoey reverbs to distorted vocals, the EP pulsates in an interluding fashion; opening with a soft acoustic rumble and building up to the titular track; a driving beat that ramps […]

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Rachel Goodrich Debuts New Album ‘ibba jibba’ On the Final Day of 2020

Ending a year such as 2020 may have seemed surreal, but, LA-based by way of Miami artist Rachel Goodrich did so in style with her new album ‘ibba jibba.’ Laying down springy pop beats and slicing up lyrics like freshly ground bud in the grinder, Goodrich’s latest album touches on themes of inhibition, stagnation and […]

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Jordana finds epiphany and closure on”Something to Say to You”

Briskly independent and gushingly intimate, Jordana‘s sophomore album Something to Say to You thrusts you head-first into the mind and world of its creator. Stepping outside of the bedroom-pop she’d so comfortably slipped into on her first album, the songs on Something to Say to You have grown with Jordana, their thematic breadth matching their […]

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The 50 Best Albums of the Year — 2020

As we kiss 2020 goodbye, let’s celebrate the albums that got us through the year. The albums that were on repeat; the songs we just couldn’t get enough of. Featuring The Weeknd, U.S. Girls, Serena Isioma, Angelica Garcia, Haiku Hands, Wargirl, Thundercat, Death Valley Girls, Open Mike Eagle and more — check out below Grimy […]

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Serena Isioma’s Newest EP “The Leo Sun Sets” is an empowering journey of self

Serena Isioma’s newest EP ‘The Leo Sun Sets’ is a striking declaration of identity, independence and youthful exuberance. The young Chicago native evokes a strong willed narrative that encompasses all the moods and emotions of her journey as a human. From the opening track “King,” a tune full of enigmatic prowess to the painfully honest […]

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On debut "Luca" Alex Maas reconciles fatherhood with a fear of a world on fire
On debut “Luca” Alex Maas reconciles fatherhood with a fear of a world on fire

There is a restless and anxious tenderness that sits at the center of Luca, the debut album from Alex Maas of The Black Angels. The album borrows its name from Maas’ firstborn child, born in 2018, and is one of the catalysts for the album’s inception. But many of the songs on Luca go back […]

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