Articles by Kyle MacKinnel
(Sandy) Alex G, “Rocket”
“Rocket” exemplifies its titular action by transcending the humility of its maker’s introverted demeanor and relatable voice.
Shintaro Sakamoto, “Love If Possible”
Sakamoto leans on the pedal steel as an ambient vessel, spiraling lines around spines of melodic, moody bass.
Leaning somewhat away from trip-hop and toward the more ambient stimuli of his surroundings, Simon Green sounds like he’s in transition, captured between two established ecosystems.
Persona/Personality: The Two Sides of Angel Olsen
After responding to initial fame and acclaim by moving to a small town, Angel Olsen has quickly solidified herself as one of the brightest lights in music. And with “My Woman,” her new LP, she’s ready to present who she truly is—whether you want to run up that hill with her or not.
The Bastard People of Christopher Guest
Exploring the director’s universe with Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley Jr.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Skeleton Tree”
Imagery of biblical proportion has long been a staple of a proper Bad Seeds record, but never has it felt so unavoidably personal.
Cass McCombs, “Mangy Love”
Cass McCombs’s eighth album is also his most cohesive since 2011’s “Wit’s End.”
In Conversation: “Stranger Things” are Happening to David Harbour
The star of Netflix’s throwback thriller chats about working with Winona Ryder, tragedy, and suspending disbelief long enough to love working in horror.
Blood Orange, “Freetown Sound”
Dev Hynes grieves and rallies in equal measure on his most ambitious and successful work to date.
Pantha du Prince, “The Triad”
Hendrik Weber’s latest solo effort is a “much more personal” experience for the German electronic musician.
Roger Sellers abandoned life as a composer for pop music. If only it were that easy.
Grace Mitchell: Just Kid
Cooking up something good with the eighteen-year-old phenom on the heels of her latest EP “Raceday”—and ahead of much more.
Everywhere Is Florida: Surveying the Circle of Animal Collective
As the world’s most unlikely pop group prepares to release their eleventh album, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist spill a little paint.
John Cale, “Music for a New Society” [reissue] and “M:FANS”
Despite the good intentions behind this resuscitation of “Music for a New Society,” the unwelcome occupation of those ultra-weighty spaces between renders “M:FANS” a head-scratching exercise in post-analog experimentation.
Over twenty tracks exceeding an hour, the album is a proper evolution of last year’s “Xen,” down to its waxen demonic artwork.
Youth Lagoon, “Savage Hills Ballroom”
Following two albums of delightfully kaleidoscopic, woozy indie-pop, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers casts some Boise daylight on what has been a pointedly inward operation up to the present.
Kurt Vile, “b’lieve i’m goin down…”
The illusion of looseness is present in Vile’s nearly slurred phrasing, although the precision of his finger-picking and attention to production value suggests he is nothing if not fully aware of where he is going.
Freaky Stylin’: Getting Into Bed With Big Grams
FLOOD 2 cover stars Big Boi and Phantogram talk about the making of their self-titled EP.