CURRENT: Fred Thomas – “Cops Don’t Care Pt. II”

The brutally honest “Cops Don’t Care Pt. II” is one of the most devastating songs released this year. Fred Thomas addresses a litany of social injustices and hypocrisies, all of which you can gleam from a cursory look at Mother Jones or Salon. While Thomas doesn’t provide anything explicitly new in the nation discourse, the matter-of-fact way in […]

CURRENT: Florence + The Machine – “What Kind of Man” (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

Florence + The Machine’s music is held together by Florence Welch’s majestic vocals and the equally bombastic productions which decorate that voice. The lead single from their forthcoming new LP, “What Kind of Man,” plays by this template, for better and worse. It’s epic scale is a thing to wonder, but without any lulls it all becomes […]

CURRENT: Passion Pit – “Where the Sky Hangs”

Think back to the best moments in Passion Pit’s discography: “Little Secrets”, “Moth’s Wings”, “Constant Conversations”, “Cry Like a Ghost”. At their best, Passion Pit’s music bubbles over with an energy usually reserved to a schoolyard playground. That spark is found in spades on the recently release “Where the Sky Hangs”, which is as lively and exuberant […]

CURRENT: Róisín Murphy – “Gone Fishing”

“Gone Fishing” marks Ireland’s Róisín Murphy’s return to the music stage after a seven year hiatus. The time off hasn’t silenced her ambitions, with “Fishing” among the year’s coolest, most assured releases. The song recalls Jai Paul’s DIY, blurred soundscapes and Neneh Cherry’s confident, unobtrusive vocal stylings. In other words, “Gone Fishing” is a synthesis […]

CURRENT: Modest Mouse – “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”

At the rate they’re releasing new tracks, there won’t be anything new left to hear when Modest Mouse finally drops Strangers To Ourselves on 17 March. That’s a problem we’ll come to at a later time, but for now, I’ll be too busy dancing to their most recent teaser, “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box”. While […]

CURRENT: Sufjan Stevens – “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

Sufjan Stevens’ return to his acoustic-based roots is as welcome as it is devastating on Carrie & Lowell‘s first single, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”. While he has always used poetic language in his songwriting, “Cross” finds Stevens examining some his darkest subject matter. “I’ll drive that stake through the center of my […]

CURRENT: Drake – “You & The 6”

Behind every great rapper is a mother who helped make her child’s dreams a possibility. Many conversations about the black community revolve on the role of black fathers. As vital of a conversation as that is, the recognition black mothers deserve for supporting and holding families together largely goes unnoticed in mainstream media outlets. That […]

CURRENT: Father John Misty – “True Affection”

On the surface, “True Affection” is the biggest musical departure in Father John Misty’s quickly expanding discography. Dig deeper, and it becomes clear “Affection” is quintessential FJM, as he provides the perfect marriage between subject matter and composition. “When can we talk, with the face / Instead of using all these strange devices,” asks J Tillman […]

CURRENT: Chromatics – “Just Like You”

When Johnny Jewel began unloading the vaults, releasing rarities, covers, and new versions of previous Chromatics’ recordings, the most optimistic part of me thought he was gearing up for a new album. After all, it had been nearly three years since the excellent Kill For Love. Thankfully, Dear Tommy was eventually announced, and is now set for release sometime in […]