EditorialFor the love of music


For when you’re feeling social


Craig Clemens

May 18, 2018

Brand New Music

Parquet Courts | Wide Awake!
Incredibly energetic, freshness and absolutely perfect ruminations on the modern social environment, there is a great urgency and potency that is both danceable and thought-provoking. By the end of the 38 minutes you’ll find yourself contemplating standing up to inequality, battling ignorance and joining Parquet Courts in the struggle. It was said a few years ago the Parquet Courts was the most exciting and creative rock group in the world: with Wide Awake! they claim that title.

Courtney Barnett | Tell Me How You Really Feel
Far and away at her most vulnerable, Tell Me How You Really Feel is Barnett at her angriest – even if the songs don’t seem to bite as hard as her preceding recordings. Retaining her lyrical fun this record will grow on listeners. Even in it’s shadowy and foreboding moments the music seems so perfectly natural that it’s almost infectious. Overall, Barnett has always been an unfussy and charming but by becoming more outspoken as a singer she’s gotten a lot louder as a guitarist and the result is a weightier and more direct record.

Steven Malkmus & The Jicks | Sparkle Hard
The most dynamic and entertaining Jicks record so far, it’s undeniable that this sounds immediately reminiscent of so many rock albums of the 70’s, even if it remains so amazingly fresh and unique from everything that inspired it. Even after 17 years as a solo artist Malkmus still has the ability to surprise and delight his fans with sonically adventurous and structurally tight sets of music. Sparkle Hard comfortable, pretty and suburb.

GAS | Rausch
This is a different kind of GAS record from some of the classics, and one that seeks out a different sort of relationship with the listener. Imposing and dense, even it’s moments of levity have a sinister and foreboding tint. There’s a eeriness of enveloping stillness that picks up right where his last record Narkpop left off. Pointedly intended to be listened to in one full sitting – Rausch finds it’s rhythm and pulse early and never which never ceases.

Also out today

Mary Lattimore | Hundreds of Days

At The Gates | To Drink From The Night Itself

John Maus | Addendum