Tag: Above The Current

Parquet Courts, “Wide Awake!”

Parquet Courts are practicing a kind of self-care: the self-care of rebellion, of questioning, of not taking things at face value.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, “Sparkle Hard”

“Sparkle Hard” possesses a little bit of everything Stephen Malkmus does well—but he doesn’t stop there.

Arctic Monkeys, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

Arctic Monkeys’ long-awaited returns is built like a Ridley Scott film—foreboding the bleakest of futures, yet you still want to step inside and join the resistance. 

Beach House, “7”

“7” may be the most definitive—and enjoyable—break yet from the preconceptions of what a Beach House record should sound like.

Damien Jurado, “The Horizon Just Laughed”

Even the simplest places—an abandoned Amtrak station or a city diner—are made significant and evocative.

Liz Phair, “Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set”

Liz Phair’s debut remains exactly as relatable, smart, and genuine in 2018 as it was in 1993.

Janelle Monáe, “Dirty Computer”

Every generation needs its own soundtrack for kicking against the pricks, and Monáe delivers one here.

DRINKS, “Hippo Lite”

Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley make much with little.

Frankie Cosmos, “Vessel”

A hodgepodge of contemplations on love at its best and worst.

Holger Czukay, “Cinema”

What’s really on display here is Czukay’s maddening restlessness.

Jack White, “Boarding House Reach”

This is the sort of record everyone should make twenty years into their career.

Yo La Tengo, “There’s a Riot Going On”

What the indie rock veterans offer is an album’s worth of palate-cleansers—songs of pastoral purity and laid-back reflection.

Lucy Dacus, “Historian”

Where her first album was an exploration, this one is a proclamation.

David Byrne, “American Utopia”

So nothing has changed and everything has changed, and that’s how David Byrne is best served.

Digable Planets, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)” [reissue]

With twenty-five years of hindsight, Digable Planets’ “Reachin’” manages to feel increasingly optimistic, perhaps an unintended consequence of darkening times.

Car Seat Headrest, “Twin Fantasy”

“Twin Fantasy” showcases Will Toledo sharpening his vision and instincts, marrying the raw passion of his early work with the increasingly impressive sheen of his newest material.

Superchunk, “What a Time to Be Alive”

Superchunk’s “What a Time to Be Alive” combines the irreverent with the thoughtful, and the jittery, chaotic melodies reflect a nervous wreck of a world.

Bat Fangs, “Bat Fangs”

Bat Fangs’s “Bat Fangs” marries hair metal and garage rock, equal parts campy and true.

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