Articles by Jonathan Pruett
Entrance, “Book of Changes”
Guy Blakeslee has never really been a wallflower when it comes to singing, but “Book of Changes” showcases his voice in a way that feels like it’s a new thing.
Hand Habits, “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”
There is an airy, homemade weirdness to Meg Duffy’s solo debut.
The Oakland singer continues her ascent up through the R&B hierarchy.
Hollywood’s Singular Vision: Foxygen Hang On to the American Dream
Following a release cycle marred by breakup rumors, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have reappeared from behind the velvet curtain, and they’re more unified than ever.
Erasmo Carlos, “Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões,” “Carlos, ERASMO,” and “Sonhos E Memórias 1941–1972”
Unlike his peers Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Os Mutantes, Carlos’s music never made inroads into North American consciousness. These reissues from Light in the Attic should change that.
Lee Hazlewood, “Cowboy in Sweden” [reissue]
Much of “Cowboy in Sweden” comes across like an elegy.
Various Artists, “The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe”
Light in the Attic’s new new-age compilation turns the beam out across the Atlantic.
Various Artists, “Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta” (Numero Group)
The latest release from the Numero Group chronicles the pop sounds of the African country of Upper Volta in the ’70s.
Savoy Motel, “Savoy Motel”
The Nashville quartet choogle with the best of ’em.
The Lemon Twigs, “Do Hollywood”
The Long Island brothers practically have glitter in their blood.
Ultimate Painting, “Dusk”
The UK duo’s third album in as many years finds them pushing the boundaries of their sound.
Mykki Blanco, “Mykki”
Navel-gazing R&B is in high demand in 2016, but Blanco navigates this world like she’s the first person on Mars.
High Maintenance: A Buzz Worth Maintaining
HBO’s new comedy series wandered into pay cable from the dank world of Vimeo.
Exploded View, “Exploded View”
Partly singing and partly talking, Anika presents an external dialogue of thoughts and dreams.
Everything is aflame on “Operator,” a vigorously aggressive dancefloor party fueled by a jarring punk ethos.
The Avalanches, “Wildflower”
How do you follow up a sixteen-year-old plunderphonic pop masterpiece? With a neon-tinted mixtape.
“Two Rungs Above Being A Pimp”: The Rock and Soul of Post-War Nigeria
Uchenna Ikonne on the little-known Nigerian rock scene of the 1970s.
Steve Gunn, “Eyes on the Lines”