The best of the best from this week all in one place. Right Here! What else could you possibly ask for? Maybe a few more of these in a timely manner? Okay, fair.. February’s been a pretty busy month here in the Playback HQ and unfortunately Release Day posts got pushed farther back on the stove. It’s all for the best though. More awesome things are coming and it’s going to be really awesome all around. So let’s dive in!
Screaming Females | Rose Mountain
The Screaming Females have done with their new record Rose Mountain what Sleater-Kinney did earlier this year and became a more matured version of themselves. This happened a lot in the late 90’s where bands entering their 3rd or 4th album of their career, instead of taking a right or left-hand turn stylistically, simply stayed the course and fermented their sound into something better and refined. You’re not going to get anything necessarily different from this Screaming Females record – you’re just going to get it a little bit better.
THEESatisfaction | EarthEE
This album absolutely drips in Erika Badu influences, and of course, anybody releasing a neo-soul record nowadays would be remiss not to at least throw a few references back to Badu, Jill Scott, or the likes. This record, however, being released in 2015 would not even get mention in these pages if it weren’t new in some way – not only is this new LP spacy and futuristic (those familiar with FKA Twigs will know the term “Future R&B”) but it also have a sort of ancient, tribal, and sometimes straight up retro sound that gives this record a sort of all encompassing sound that is creative and uncompromising. This record could’ve very easily been a dancy, electro R&B record, but that wouldn’t be right.
Dan Deacon | Gliss Riffer
This new LP from Dan Deacon is pretty challenging. In a way nobody else on earth could possibly find order in the amount of chaos presented in this sound. Dan Deacon achieves this so well and with such grace that it almost becomes easy to listen to. Decon knows his audience has a limited attention span, and in a way he panders to this by keeping ideas concise and to-the-point.