Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp

written by: Emily Sipiora on April 7, 2015

Katie Crutchfield is Waxahatchee, a lo-fi pop, Tumblr-darling from Alabama, whose curious name is after a creek adjacent to her hometown. From her whispered, sleeper hit American Weekend, to the gripping and emotional narrative of Cerulean Salt, Crutchfield knows how to tell a story. Ivy Tripp is Crutchfield’s third Waxahatchee album, and is based off a term she invented to substitute […]

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Say Lou Lou – Lucid Dreaming

written by: Emily Sipiora on April 4, 2015

Sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey are Say Lou Lou, a disco-pop duo with an edgy, dark sound. The band’s new album Lucid Dreaming is wily and seductive, experimenting with noir sound to create an alien, retro atmosphere. It is, as the title suggests, very dreamy pop music—even the sad songs sound happy, and the happy […]

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Vetiver – Complete Strangers

written by: Emily Sipiora on March 24, 2015

Thom Monahan is Vetiver—an American folk band associated with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. The band’s new album, Complete Strangers, is a collection of personal recordings dating back to 2003. Recorded between trips from San Francisco to L.A., the album accurately depicts the emotions felt during a pivotal point in Monahan’s life. The album has an […]

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Sunday Dinner – Keath Mead

written by: Emily Sipiora on February 24, 2015

Keath Mead wrote his debut album, Sunday Dinner, after years of development. Though album was produced by Toro y Moi, listeners might not hear any trace of it. Mead’s work is separate from his producer’s—distinct in sound and lyrical content. Mead’s patience allowed him to skip all of the awkward and public experimental phases, growing into his […]

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José González – Vestiges & Claws

written by: Emily Sipiora on February 17, 2015

One wonders where the elusive José González has been these past five years. Each of this Swedish musician’s carefully crafted albums of the past have been a story. His earlier work Veneer sounded like the first act of a romantic play, but was barely enough to sate the listener. There was something lacking, an element of depth absent from […]

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Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

written by: Emily Sipiora on January 27, 2015

Jessica Pratt’s debut album On Your Own Love Again sounds like the result of teenage heartbreak. A lovesick Pratt even stands over a fire escape on the cover of the album. She mopes, befriends a guitar, and creates On Your Own Love Again. The album is teeming with strong guitar chords, stark vocals, and an unnerving lilt in […]

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Dengue Fever – The Deepest Lake

written by: Emily Sipiora on January 26, 2015

Dengue Fever is a Los Angeles-based psychedelic band full of the assumed white boys—with the exception of Cambodian lead singer Chhom Nimol, that is. The band’s gimmick is its lyrics sung in both Khmer and English. Her language switch-ups sneak and snake through each other, illustrating the album’s form with impeccable detail. Nimol is the star […]

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