The Essential 2017 Summer Album Roundup

2017 has provided one of the most saturated summers for big releases in recent memory. Everything from superstar DJs, to teenage pop wunderkinds to quintessential indie rock bands have Continue reading The Essential 2017 Summer Album Roundup

It Review – Cinematic Gloss and Existential Horror

Tim Curry’s haunting portrayal of the metamorphic dancing clown, Pennywise, set an impossibly high bar in Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s cult horror novel It. Even now, Curry’s Pennywise is still Continue reading It Review – Cinematic Gloss and Existential Horror

Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life Review – Symbolic, Mythic Musings on Americana Past and Present

As I held a copy of Lust For Life in my hands and surveyed the cover art, the first thing you notice is the beaming smile of Lana Del Rey herself. The second is the Continue reading Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life Review – Symbolic, Mythic Musings on Americana Past and Present

Foster The People: Sacred Hearts Club Review – Pop Throbbing with Newfound Purpose

Even with a now distant past as a jingle writer, pivoting towards poppier fare seemed like a natural progression for Mark Foster of Foster The People. But six years on from their Continue reading Foster The People: Sacred Hearts Club Review – Pop Throbbing with Newfound Purpose

Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

With their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, sister trio Haim discovered a peerless juncture; one where the breathlessness of R&B and shimmering ’70s soft rock coalesced Continue reading Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 Review – Nuanced Summer Listening

There’s no doubt that Calvin Harris is a clever guy. His transformation from a slovenly house DJ to an EDM monolith to his latest incarnation, an autonomous producer who’s serious Continue reading Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 Review – Nuanced Summer Listening

Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision

Vince Staples sounds like he wants to have a good time on Big Fish Theory but the subtext suggests otherwise. ‘If I die today/Would you even know I existed?’ he asks on ‘Ramona Park is Yankee Stadium’. Staples is very much a Continue reading Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision

Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up Review – A Gorgeous, Shape-Shifting Expansion

‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.’ The quote is taken from Continue reading Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up Review – A Gorgeous, Shape-Shifting Expansion

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