Tag: Above The Current

Gold Star, “Big Blue”

When he’s not sharing stories about strangers, Marlon Rabenreither spills his guts about his own love affairs, breakups, and what it’s like to be all by his lonesome self.

Wire, “Silver/Lead”

The Colin Newman–led band is not the same as it used to be fifteen albums ago. And that’s exactly the point.

Conor Oberst, “Salutations”

“Salutations” maintains the tattered humanity of its unaccompanied counterpart, but somehow makes it all go down a little smoother.

Spoon, “Hot Thoughts”

There was always bound to be a straight-ahead dance-rock album from Spoon. How could there not be?

Ibibio Sound Machine, “Uyai”

There’s a kind of political beauty in the sight of an empowered woman and her band communicating passionately and honestly.

Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors”

“Dirty Projectors” can at times be exhausting, and its density can feel crushing, but at their best, David Longstreth’s songs center on connection.

Grandaddy, “Last Place”

It’s not the second coming of “The Sophtware Slump.” But it also isn’t trying to be.

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.

Tim Darcy, “Saturday Night”

On his solo debut, the Ought frontman embarks on his own personal exploration of sounds and genres, ideas and influences.

Ryan Adams, “Prisoner”

Despite his amazing proficiency as a songwriter, Ryan Adams has never bared his soul like he does here.

Hand Habits, “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”

There is an airy, homemade weirdness to Meg Duffy’s solo debut.

Max Richter, “Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works”

The British composer bravely journeys deep into the interior of Virginia Woolf’s novels and her inimitable characters.

Syd, “Fin”

“Fin” confidently reinvents a music made for bumping and grooving with a lyrical prowess that burns slowly, confessionally.

Quelle Chris, “Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often”

“Being You” is gnarly and cerebral, the sound of a jittery headspace that’s got room enough for every flight of fancy.

Cloud Nothings, “Life Without Sound”

On their latest LP, the Cleveland band have realized—or stumbled upon—something lush and lovely.

Mind Over Mirrors, “Undying Color”

While so often synthesizer music seeks to make the listener feel weightless, Jaime Fennelly finds beauty in binding, securing forces.

Ty Segall, “Ty Segall”

Ty Segall’s second self-titled album serves as an excellent primer of his career to date—but then again he always is a trickster at heart.

Sampha, “Process”

Sampha’s debut is a record with broad appeal and precise vision; a record where listeners can find themselves but also where they’ll spot the auteur’s hand if they really care to look for it.

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