Articles by Kyle Lemmon

TORRES, “Silver Tongue”

Mackenzie Scott has always been a sharp and economical lyricist with a variety of personas at her disposal.

“Knives Out” Collaborators Rian and Nathan Johnson on Powering a Modern Whodunit

The cousins discuss inverting genre tropes, their first embarrassing movie, and the evergreen influence of “Columbo.”

William Tyler, “Modern Country”

The Nashville guitarist continues his streak as an accomplished folk storyteller with or without words.

Various Artists, “Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music” (Numero Group)

The Numero Group focuses its lens on the pivotal country music made between 1969 and 1980, when many smaller musicians were directly inspired by Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

La Sera, “Music for Listening to Music To”

This isn’t Music Appreciation 101.

Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause”

Jack Tatum leans further into the synth-pop landscape than ever before on his third album as Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause.”

Field Music, “Commontime”

On “Commontime,” the brothers Brewis double down on this concept by settling into a few more, well, common time signatures alongside their usual pop-funk trappings.

Shearwater, “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

“Jet Plane and Oxbow”’s fist-raising peaks are sadly rare, but the craft of the production is still worthy of admiration.

PCPC, “Ramsgate”

In the fall of 2014, Parquet Courts announced a tour with fellow New York band PC Worship under the nondescript stage name PCPC.

Mark Kozelek & Nicolás Pauls, “Dreams of Childhood”

The result is “Dreams of Childhood,” a charity spoken-word album whose proceeds go to La Casa de la Cultura de la Calle (The Street House of Culture).

Deerhunter, “Fading Frontier”

Welcome back, Bradford. Long live, Deerhunter!

Julia Holter, “Have You in My Wilderness”

With “Have You in My Wilderness,” Holter’s musical worlds continue to engross.

Beirut, “No No No”

The group’s previous calling cards—swelling brass or the romantic swoop of an orchestra’s strings—are only seldom heard throughout “No No No.”

Breaking: La Luz

Shana Cleveland, leader of the Seattle surf-rock band, talks about being inspired by the emotional riptides of life.

Deradoorian, “The Expanding Flower Planet”

“The Expanding Flower Planet” is a sun-dappled, cosmic exploration of moods that succeeds, not in spite of, but partially because of its obfuscated nature.

Ezra Furman, “Perpetual Motion People”

Each of Ezra Furman’s solo releases is a ball of condensed energy that explodes several times over before the final song is done.

Tame Impala, “Currents”

The band’s third album, “Currents,” is spacey, intricately layered, and soulful.

Black Mountain, “Black Mountain” (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The real draw is, and will always be, “Black Mountain”’s original eight tracks, which still stand up to scrutiny a decade later.


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