Listen of the Week: Mount Eerie

A Crow Looked at Me, by Mount Eerie

There is nothing this review can add to the experience of listening to A Crow Looked At Me. Sure, there’ll be an incongruous Lou Bega reference at around the 600-word mark for some light relief (it doesn’t really work) and a Nabokov quote in the penultimate paragraph to pretend I’m well-read (I’m not) but they’re hardly worth sticking around for. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you won’t find any score attached. Even awarding this work the full ten-out-of-ten would feel too callous given the tragic circumstances of the record’s gestation and its heartbreaking subject matter.

Instead, you’d be strongly advised to stop reading this right now. Please, all I ask is that you just go away, sit down and listen to the music and the words contained on this LP with your complete and undivided attention.

http://drownedinsound.com/releases/19863/reviews/4150889

Listen of the Week: Mount Eerie

Listen of the Week: Blanck Mass

World Eater, by Blanck Mass

Blanck Mass, we learn, is intended to represent “a previous year teeming with anger, violence, confusion and frustration”, and as the nine minutes of Rhesus Negative unfold hyperkinetically, a treated voice somewhere very deep in the mix conveying some nameless dread, it does feel as if one is being smacked repeatedly around the head with an analogue synth, albeit in a good way.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/02/blanck-mass-world-eater-review-brutal-noise-with-frequent-sweet-spots

Listen of the Week: Blanck Mass

Listen of the Week: Aristophanes

Humans Become Machines, by Aristophanes

[B]ass-heavy and dynamic; the language gap begins to register on the less rhythmically intense numbers. But Aristophanes’s vocal shifts in pace and tone, her performance of each song, give her music a different kind of intelligibility.

https://www.ft.com/content/60e99ef0-f8a9-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

Got no clue what she’s rappin’ on about, but this album is spot the fuck on. Also highly recommend you listen to the new Dirty Projectors album. It’s a beauty.

Listen of the Week: Aristophanes

Listen of the Week: Maggie Rogers

Now That the Light is Fading, by Maggie Rogers

Rogers is still very young at 22, after all, and she takes several game attempts at subtlety throughout the EP—the pan flute, the guitar line rippling through “On + Off” like wind chimes, the featherlight harmonies. She has a platform. She’s got ideas. But like all discovery stories, the real reward lies in what comes next.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22901-now-that-the-light-is-fading/

Listen of the Week: Maggie Rogers

Listen of the Week: Sinkane

Life & Livin’ It, by Sinkane

When everything clicks right, it’s a breezy thrill. Consider “U’Huh,” the second song and first single. It starts out with a rippling breakbeat, then goes into a series of horn stabs, the sort of riff that can lodge itself in your brain for days at a time. There’s some delicate Isaac Hayes chicken-scratch guitar, and then there’s Gallab singing in a strained falsetto, his best Curtis Mayfield, and going into call-and-response with a whole chorus of backing vocals.

http://www.stereogum.com/1923163/album-of-the-week-sinkane-life-livin-it/franchises/album-of-the-week/

Listen of the Week: Sinkane