Articles by Ken Scrudato
Brian Eno, “Reflection”
If there’s anything disappointing about Brian Eno’s career thus far, it’s that his oblique strategies have never taken him radically far away from the zones he settled and perfected.
John Cale, “Fragments of a Rainy Season” [reissue]
Equipped with nothing more than a piano and occasionally a guitar on this live album from 1992, the former member of The Velvet Underground pulls something new out of so many songs from across his career.
Jamie Lidell, “Building a Beginning”
Maybe Nashville is just where the British R&B singer needs to be.
If she’s really retiring, Maya Arulpragasam is going out on her own terms.
On their third record, the mysterious Swedish collective take psychedelic world music deadly seriously.
Cut from the streets of Memphis, this punk quartet turns the cacophony of city living into a symphony of distortion and dread—as well as hope.
of Montreal, “Innocence Reaches”
“Innocence Reaches” isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it’s a refreshing change.
Brendan Canning, “Home Wrecking Years”
The Broken Social Scene co-founder returns with his third solo album.
nonkeen, “oddments of the gamble”
For a collection of outlier bits, the second album from Nils Frahm’s nonkeen project is remarkably cohesive.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great if someone could combine the virtuoso scuzz of Black Sabbath with the sneering vitriol of The Fall?”
Richard Ashcroft, “These People”
The Verve frontman’s first solo album in six years finds him back in his familiarly affective but downtrodden form.
New Order, New Faith
No strangers to a tumultuous road, Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert reflect on the Peter Hook–less era of their legendary group, and the new album that recently came out of it—”Music Complete,” the special edition of which is out May 13.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, “Nonagon Infinity”
It’s all here: the squiggly synth horns, the effected electric piano, the sultry sax breaks.
The 1975, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It”
The history of music from Manchester, England, is littered with doom and, well, gloom.
Sunflower Bean, “Human Ceremony”
Perhaps next time they’ll let it rip.
There’s a mission for musical cred here on her highly anticipated eighth album “Anti.”
The London Suede, “Night Thoughts”
Suede, surely, were the most unlikely of acts to reanimate the wanton, substance-addled serpents of their tender years.