Album Reviews

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor : G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

The Canadian post-rock collective deliver a loose and apocalyptic score.

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Wode – Burn in Many Mirrors

The UK black metal outfit deliver their best album after a slightly longer break, finding a sense of fun in overbearing darkness.

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Youth Code & King Yosef : A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression

The collaboration between the two industrial artists is an emotional exorcism.

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slowthai : TYRON

A messy album about the yins and yangs of life.

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Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley : Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection

The collaboration between the artist/poet and songwriter/label head creates something funkier than the sum of its parts.

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Manslaughter 777 : World Vision Perfect Harmony

Members of The Body and MSC merge darkness and danceability on their collaborative debut.

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Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra : Promises

The electronic mastermind and spiritual jazz legend collaborate for a spacious and graceful, continuous set of music.

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STR4TA : Aspects

A throwback to ’80s British funk sounds with a live, loose sensibility.

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Armand Hammer – Haram

The hip-hop duo’s new full-length collaboration with The Alchemist feels like a shock to the system.

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Tomahawk : Tonic Immobility

The Mike Patton-fronted band’s first album in eight years is a satisfying set of heavy rock.

Xiu Xiu Oh No review

Xiu Xiu : OH NO

I’m not going to persuade you to listen to this new Xiu Xiu album. At…

Antlers Green to Gold review

The Antlers : Green to Gold

The group’s first album in seven years is their most autumnal and serene.

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Ben Howard : Collections from the Whiteout

The singer/songwriter’s fourth album reveals he’s come a long distance from his charming debut.

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serpentwithfeet – Deacon

A revelation of sincerity and a big-hearted embrace of love.

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Genghis Tron : Dream Weapon

Genghis Tron didn’t release a lot of music in their brief few years of making…

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State Drugs : Live, Laugh, Love

The Denver group’s sophomore album maintains their punk energy with an undercurrent of sorrow.

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Field Works : Cedars

Stuart Hyatt’s latest compilation centers around ancient forests through English and Arabic poetry.

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Krallice : Demonic Wealth

The New York progressive black metal outfit have returned with their most challenging release to date.

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DJ Muggs the Black Goat : Dies Occidendum

The legendary beatmaker and former member of Cypress Hill creates a short horror film in beat tape form.

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Mare Cognitum : Solar Paroxysm

Jacob Buczarski’s latest black metal saga is as intense as it is critically scathing.