Tag: Above The Current

The 1975, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”

Finding a balance between joy and self-seriousness, this is the quartet’s finest and most decadent album to date.

The Beatles, “The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition”

If not for the fissure amongst the Beatles’ ranks, the lustrous brilliance and weird experimentalism of this collection wouldn’t shine so bright fifty years later.

Thom Yorke, “Suspiria”

Thom Yorke’s soundtrack is that rarest of beasts: music for a cinematic work that can stand on its own.

R.E.M., “At the BBC”

R.E.M. is one the best bands that America has ever produced, and, appropriately, “At the BBC” is an embarrassment of riches.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “Look Now”

Even if it’s pitched as a continuation of earlier works, “Look Now” never feels like a rehash.

Fucked Up, “Dose Your Dreams”

This is easily Fucked Up’s most conceptually scattered record, but that’s also what gives it its charm.

Adrianne Lenker, “abysskiss”

Lenker’s haunting vocal acrobatics will linger with you long after the album is done.

Cat Power, “Wanderer”

“Wanderer” is a triumph of raw emotion, old direction, and new meaning. 

Joe Strummer, “Joe Strummer 001”

This new set of rarities unleashes Strummer’s passion into the world in a small but concentrated dose, while honing in on his adoration of American mythology.

Pixies, “Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa”

Both their debut EP and LP—now repackaged together—sound as fresh, inspired, and inventive as they did three decades ago.

Lonnie Holley, “MITH”

“MITH” feels drawn to the elephant in our nation’s ugly-ass living room.

Prince, “Piano & a Microphone 1983”

These songs take on a kind of confessional immediacy that you don’t hear much on proper Prince albums, and there’s stark emotion in abundance.

Noname, “Room 25”

The organic production has a real pulse to it, which gives the songs a spirited, fluid underpinning that feels uniquely suited to Noname’s reserved but dexterous delivery.

Nothing, “Dance on the Blacktop”

What initially feels like a watered-down sequel to a totally unique album reveals itself to be an impressive demonstration of dream-pop art brut.

Mitski, “Be the Cowboy”

Mitski is deepening her craft and heightening her emotional availability, but never dulling her edge.

The Internet, “Hive Mind”

“Hive Mind” solidifies The Internet’s sound as a newly formed molecule, sharing skills and attributes like electrons in a covalent bond.

Deafheaven, “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”

“Ordinary Corrupt Human Love” is a plunderphonic expression of a convoluted, black-metal-sized subject: human love.

Kamasi Washington, “Heaven and Earth”

Everything’s writ large; it is music that contains multitudes, and it’s teeming with joy and power. 

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