CURRENT: EMA – “So Blonde”

Erika Anderson’s latest prerelease single from her forthcoming The Future’s Void, “So Blonde,” is a scathing critique on our culture’s predilection towards objectifying, and thus diminishing, women. “Let me tell you about this girl I know,” sings Anderson during the beginning of the chorus, before strenuously belting, “She’s so blonde!” In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Anderson described […]

CURRENT: Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun – “Crater”

“Crater,” by Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun, is not the work of three distinct bands. Rather, that’s the name of a singular band with a singular purpose. The brash, frenetic “Crater” works wonders as an introductory tune, showcasing a lively and unbridled energy. Lead singer Gord Downie proves to be a compelling […]

CURRENT: The Horrors – “I See You”

On 2011’s Skying, the Horrors’ Faris Badwan sang, “I can see through you and I don’t get it.” On the first single from the forthcoming Luminous, Badwan’s subject lacks the transparency found on “I Can See Through You,” resulting in the most concrete evidence of the Horrors’ musical talents and ambitions. “I see you / All the […]

CURRENT: Real Estate – “Crime”

As one of the last remaining “guitar” bands, Real Estate has been able to carve out a sizable and easily identifiable niche in the musical landscape, practically perfected on their 2011 album Days. Their newest, Atlas, so far doesn’t appear to be diverting from the blueprint, and justifiably so. After the stellar “Talking Backwards,” the group show […]

CURRENT: Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”

The newest edition to XL Records, London duo Jungle knock it out of the park with the Zane Lowe-designated Hottest Record In the World, “Busy Earnin’”. As an introductory tune, it hints at some serious musical talent, with an effortless mash-up of genres and artists. A cursory look at the song’s Soundcloud comments find people […]

CURRENT: Amen Dunes – “Lonely Richard”

Amen Dunes’ first single off their forthcoming LP Love was released recently, and “Lonely Richard” finds the three-piece consisting of Damon McMahon, Parker Kindred and Jordi Wheeler in fine form. Over a wall of acoustic instrumentations, McMahon delivers a hazy, always present vocal performance, with an assist from Iceage’s Elias Ronnenfelt. It’s a much needed and refreshing […]

CURRENT: Sisyphus – “Rhythm of Devotion”

  By now, Sufjan Stevens is so far removed from his 50 states project that it’s hard to guess what he’s got up his sleeve next. His s/s/s project, renamed Sisyphus in late 2013, is readying the release of their debut LP. Featuring producer Son Lux and rapper Serengeti, the project’s Beak & Claw EP was a […]