Tag: Above The Current
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.
Khruangbin, “Con Todo El Mundo”
Now that every new release is considered to be a potential protest album of some kind, “Con Todo El Mundo” has arrived wonderfully devoid of any superfluous meaning.
Ty Segall, “Freedom’s Goblin”
Just when you thought you could pigeonhole Ty Segall into just one entire decade of music.
No Age, “Snares Like a Haircut”
No Age’s “Snares Like a Haircut” is a record that offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.
Salad Boys, “This Is Glue”
On “This Is Glue,” much is made of direction and being on the edge of somewhere, a part of something larger. Salad Boys are growing up and getting restless.
tUnE-yArDs, “I can feel you creep into my private life”
Merrill Garbus’s latest LP doubles down on hooks and polished mainstream sheen without actually jettisoning any of her quirks or peculiarities.
Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”
“Live at Lafayette’s Music Room” offers a window into one of the most acclaimed (and equal parts ignored) bands of the 1970s.
Thelonious Monk, “The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection”
The handsomely-curated vinyl box set revisits the early albums that set the tone for Monk’s mad aesthetic.
Miguel, “War & Leisure”
With “War & Leisure,” Miguel has solidified a sound that contextualizes past efforts.