Tagged New Music

New Music: Allie X

By Derek Baker, June 15, 2017 — After a string of EPs and singles, Toronto synth-pop artist Alexandra Hughes — better known under the stage name Allie X — released her first full-length album, CollXtion II. In an electro-pop scene currently plagued with unsubstantial songs, the carefully crafted album is a refreshing addition to the…

New Music: alt-J

By Gurman Sahota, June 2, 2017 — Alt-J is returning from a three-year break with their third studio album, RELAXER. Taking cues from experimental music of the ‘70s, the band focuses on lush instrumentals throughout the album — to the point where vocals are often overpowered. RELAXER is a short album, with its eight tracks…

New Music: Lil Yachty

By Scott Christensen, June 01, 2017 — Lil’ Yachty is following up the success of his two mixtapes with the release of a 21-track album, Teenage Emotions. Though the teenage rapper is notably divisive, his debut full-length represents the evolving landscape of R&B and hip-hop. Lil’ Yachty’s self-described “bubblegum trap” style — using auto-tune while…

New Music: Linkin Park

By Nikayla Goddard, May 23, 2017 — Linkin Park’s previous albums tend to fall into a heavier alternative rock genre. But their new record, One More Light, strays into pop territory while experimenting with electronic beats. “Nobody Can Save Me” starts off the album in a surprisingly upbeat manner. From the title, I was expecting…

New Music: Paramore

By Rachel Woodward, May 19 2017 — American rock band Paramore returns with their fifth studio album, After the Laughter, but the album has little in common with the rock genre at all. The underwhelming 12-track album — which feels most akin to Weezer’s breezy “Island in the Sun” — is nothing to write home…

New Music: Goldfrapp

By Gurman Sahota, April 27 2017 — After a four-year break, Goldfrapp returns with Silver Eye. Don’t get too excited though, since the album feels like a reproduction of previous works by the English electro-pop duo. The album begins and ends in the same way — bland and homogenous, with each track nearly indecipherable from…

New Music: Mount Eerie

By Jason Herring, April 27 2017 — Phil Elverum’s wife, Geneviève, passed away in July 2016 from pancreatic cancer. “She died at home with me and her parents holding her, hopefully having reached some last minute peace. It’s all very sad and surreal,” Elverum wrote online on the day of her death. A Crow Looked…

New Music: The New Pornographers

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, April 27 2017 — The New Pornographers haven’t changed much in their nearly two decades on the music scene. Whiteout Conditions is an album that’s almost frozen in time, much like the band themselves. The album is a powerful nostalgic trip with the usual stringy vocals backed up by discordant instrumentals. The eight-piece…

New Music: Betty Who

By Gurman Sahota, April 04, 2017 — Beginning her second album with hymnal inspirations, Betty Who returns from a three-year break with The Valley. The 13-track album is the love-child of synth-pop and heartfelt ballads — if 1980s electronica was modernized, it would be Betty Who.  The work features a variety of musical styles by…

New Music: Said the Whale

By Rachel Woodward, April 04, 2017 — The fifth album from Said the Whale is a familiar nod to the band’s acoustic past. However, As Long as Your Eyes are Wide also takes a step towards new indie-pop sounds while telling stories of relationships masked in preppy melodies. Though some tracks  may come off as…

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