Articles by Alejandra Gomez

Sarah Neufeld, “The Ridge”

The peaks of “The Ridge” are melodic, beautiful, and worthy of a good sonic hike.

nonkeen, “the gamble”

In the hands of German composer Nils Frahm, even the most minimalist sound can be manipulated into a moving and grand piece of music.

The Neighbourhood, “Wiped Out!”

“Wiped Out!” is different, stripped of the R&B swag and playful lyrics that their previous effort carried to mainstream success.

Seinabo Sey, “Pretend”

She comes from Sweden with a direct declaration: “There’s a conclusion to my illusion / I assure you this.”

Neon Indian, “VEGA INTL. Night School”

Slightly chaotic and with plenty of character, these songs don’t get dull.

The Arcs, “Yours, Dreamily”

But this isn’t a Black Keys album, it’s an Arcs album.

Tijuana Panthers, “Poster”

It would be easy to lump Tijuana Panthers’ latest LP in with the beach bum sound that’s been so popular as of late, but there’s a textured depth to “Poster.”

The Maccabees, “Marks to Prove It”

Over the past decade, The Maccabees have evolved sonically as dictated by the times, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, “Sing Into My Mouth”

A covers album is a very difficult thing to pull off, even with tempered expectations.

Heartless Bastards, “Restless Ones”

There is something quite comforting about the new Heartless Bastards album “Restless Ones.”

Of Monsters and Men, “Beneath the Skin”

With “Beneath the Skin,” Of Monsters and Men shed their jaunty, sweet exterior, and expose some (or, more accurately, too many) darker and moodier cuts.

Brandon Flowers, “The Desired Effect”

Straying from the path paved as the frontman of a world-renowned band is not an easy task, especially with a distinguished voice like Brandon Flowers’s.

Surfer Blood, “1000 Palms”

For “1000 Palms,” the quartet strays from the pristine surf-pop sound of 2013’s “Pythons” and fills their third LP with more reverb and psychedelic accents.

Great Lake Swimmers, “A Forest of Arms”

There’s nothing particularly wrong with “A Forest of Arms,” but there is an inescapable taste of disappointment left in your mouth when there isn’t anything more to really sink your teeth into.

Lord Huron, “Strange Trails”

“Strange Trails” might not take listeners down the road less traveled, but it still provides the warm and familiar comfort of a wise friend.

Matt and Kim, “New Glow”

Five albums in and the pair haven’t changed a thing; “New Glow” is more of a mixture of their previous efforts than anything novel or different.

The Mountain Goats, “Beat the Champ”

It’s a record that comes at the heels of Darnielle’s critically acclaimed novel, and its lofty ambitions do not disappoint.

Ryley Walker, “Primrose Green”

Every track on singer-songwriter Ryley Walker’s sophomore LP evokes a vivid setting of pristine pastoral beauty.

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