Tag: Above The Current

Khruangbin, “Mordechai”

The trio’s third LP sticks to piledriving and fluid rhythms while stoking their flames of melody like never before.

James Krivchenia, “A New Found Relaxation”

The Big Thief drummer crafts gorgeous, discomforting soundscapes on his new solo ambient endeavor.

HAIM, “Women in Music Pt. III”

HAIM has always made their music sound effortless, but here they sound genuinely unencumbered.

Iggy Pop, “The Bowie Years”

Together, Bowie and Pop all but forged a raw, sketchy, true alternative sound.

Built to Spill, “Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston”

The sheer scope of Johnston’s talent shines brightly on Built to Spill’s album-length homage.

Run the Jewels, “RTJ4”

Killer Mike and El-P’s alchemy somehow sounds both pointedly different and substantially unchanged.

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.

Moses Sumney, “græ”

Sumney brings shards of art rock, R&B, classical, electronic, jazz, and soul into one beautiful piece of musical kintsugi.

Hayley Williams, “Petals for Armor”

On “Petals for Armor” Williams is in full blossom, telling her story without requiring our permission.

Fiona Apple, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”

“Fetch” is as cold as it is overheated, as vibrant as it is humble.

Nina Simone, “Fodder on My Wings” [reissue]

The reissue’s added tracks are all contextual red meat—no gristle or fat.

Hamilton Leithauser, “The Loves of Your Life”

“Loves” sees a veteran artist sauntering along his creative borders with glee.

Thundercat, “It Is What It Is”

Thundercat continues to alchemize his inimitable style as a honeyed singer, whipsmart producer, and lithe bassist.

Pearl Jam, “Gigaton”

Where “Lightning Bolt” was solid but stagnant, “Gigaton” is (ironically) more electric, a living, breathing thing giving off sparks.

The Staple Singers, “Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection”

Looking for a consolidated history of soul music in one handy package?

Destroyer, “Have We Met”

In many ways, a classic Destroyer record: cavernous and twisty and rich with atmosphere.

Miles Davis, “The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions”

The sessions that fill this box are those where Davis left flirty, speedy bebop behind for slow, hard bop.

Prince, “1999 (Deluxe Edition, Remastered)”

Like the gluttonous Reagan era in which it was born, the new “1999” is explosively opulent and appropriate for the Trump moment in its excess and mess.

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