Articles by Margaret Farrell
Told Slant, “Point the Flashlight and Walk”
Felix Walworth’s third LP documents some of the most massive and complex sounds they’ve ever dreamed up.
In Conversation: Suuns Discuss Pursuing New Ideas on Their Experimental “Fiction” EP
Ben Shemie and Liam O’Neill talk covering Zappa, becoming a conceptual band, and the restrictions of the LP format.
Adrianne Lenker, “Songs” + “Instrumentals”
The tracks on the Big Thief vocalist’s double album are warm and spacious with high ceilings.
Kevin Morby, “Sundowner”
Morby’s sixth album is both cosmic and terrestrial, with tracks seeped in death and change.
H.E.R. and Cordae Will Lead You to Truth
The two songwriters talk collaboration, inspiration, and fighting the good fight.
Nana Adjoa, “Big Dreamings Ants”
This debut LP illustrates enthralling production, thoughtful suspicion, and poetic compassion.
“Hannah” is a capsule of acceptance, frustration, and growth.
The Lawrence brothers fail to maintain any exciting spark that existed on their 2014 debut.
H.C. McEntire, “Eno Axis”
McEntire’s sophomore record is an album to escape into without being a delusional utopia.
Victoria Monét Discusses Her Assertive Debut Album “Jaguar”
The R&B songwriter’s album is for “the women who like to say what’s on their mind.”
Skullcrusher, “Skullcrusher” EP
“Skullcrusher” is an exciting, strange collection of songs from a new songwriter who showcases immense promise.
In Conversation: Tei Shi on Going Indie with “Die 4 Ur Love”
The EP marks the Colombian-Canadian songwriter’s first release since cutting ties with her major label.
Gum Country, “Somewhere”
The Courtneys offshoot roams across tennis courts and parties they don’t want to attend on “Somewhere.”
Charli XCX, “how i’m feeling now”
“how i’m feeling now” finds Charli stuck at home with her own anxieties and a tumultuous relationship.
Dua Lipa, “Future Nostalgia”
Lipa’s vocal dexterity and blissful pop production carry the weight of her second record.
In Conversation: Soccer Mommy Confronts the Dark Side of Existence
Sophie Allison on how she’s handling being stuck inside and her post-release reflections on “Color Theory.”
In Conversation: Banoffee Leans Into Her Family History on “Look At Us Now Dad”
Australian singer Martha Brown explains how familial research and a move to LA inspired her glittering debut.
The 2020 Grammys Had a Confusing Energy
The celebration of indulgence contended with Deborah Dugan’s firing and Kobe Bryant’s tragic death.