Brand New Music
Kurt Vile | Bottle It In
Depending on how you take your Vile this might be your favourite record in a while. If you’re into Vile for his long-winded, spaced out Tennessee-hippy vibes you’re in for a treat. There is an ever present glow of nostalgia and warmth that makes Kurt Vile one of the most dependable studio artists in recent memory. Stretching his wings to encompass the older sounds of indie rock, while pushing the envelope and expanding his artistic approach. This album addresses themes of maturity and growing “old” with elegance and grace, while Vile discards negativity, generating a firm awareness of his own world.
John Grant | Love Is Magic
Absolutely chocked full of mania, bile, zen, and tender proclamations, John Grant’s brilliant fourth album takes listeners on an absolute thrill ride. Expressing his usual level of brutal honesty and irresistible vulnerability and wit, Grant cranks the synth pop up to 11, making it his most electronic album to date. Silly, smutty, and absolutely brilliant, Grant leaves little but important space for quiet introspection, making Love is Magic a beautiful balancing act.
Matthew Dear | Bunny
Just as strange, untethered and inventive and one would expect from Matthew Dear, Bunny is a whirpool of creativity. This is both a blessing and a curse. While this record wholly reflects the person he his now, Bunny sounds more like an album to analyse than it is something to necessarily dance to. There are some serious production chops on display, but the experiments in sound create something almost forgettable and middling. There is much to enjoy with Bunny but on the whole it’s a mixed bag.
Also out today
St. Vincent | MassEducation
Elvis Costello & The Imposters | Look Now
Art D’Ecco | Trespasser