Haxan Cloak brings new life to Father John Misty’s “Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution”

Pure Comedy – the most recent album from Father John Misty – while being one of the year’s best, is also one of the toughest listens of the year. Whereas his previous albums offered moments of levity, Comedy is an intense, open wound of an album, and its barbs are most pronounced on a new remix of the album’s standout “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution” by the Haxan Cloak. Continue reading “Haxan Cloak brings new life to Father John Misty’s “Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution””

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Taylor Swift loses herself on “Look What You Made Me Do”

It’s no surprise Taylor Swift delivered her biggest musical left-turn late Thursday night; ever since 1989 ruled the world, it’s been preordained that Swift would go the villainous route with her follow-up, playing a role she was hardly accustomed to playing before. After public feuds with Katy Perry, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in the past few years, Swift took in more bullets to her armor than ever before. It was only natural for her to air her grievances on the first single from her new project Reputation. What is surprising, then, is just how faceless her newest, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is, how much it runs away from what makes Taylor Swift the most successful American recording artist this decade. Continue reading “Taylor Swift loses herself on “Look What You Made Me Do””

Samantha Urbani comes into focus on her great new Policies of Power EP

Despite only having a handful of solo tunes to her name, it’s easy to feel like Samantha Urbani is already a fully realized artist. That’s partly due to her time as the lead of NYC DIY-ers Friends as well as her show-stopping work on Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe, but mostly because Urbani has a knack for crystalline pop melodies as evidenced on “1 2 3 4” and “U Know I Know,” two songs that have been floating around for a couple of years now and find a home here. Continue reading “Samantha Urbani comes into focus on her great new Policies of Power EP”