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Published: 10/17/2013 | 0 Comments Posted
That a song as political as “Royals” penetrated the charts in the Katy Perry Age counts as a minor revolution. That it comes from Lorde, a 16-year-old New Zealander with a hint of smoke in her voice and a kill-your-idols attitude about the current pop landscape, is a major aberration. Her minimalist synth music comes with lyrics you should pay attention to: “Don’t you think it’s boring how people talk?” But not too much attention: “It drives you crazy getting old.” Pure Heroine (Motown/Universal) may be pure pop.
Cameron Mesirow’s gonna have a tough time shaking those Björk comparisons with her second LP as Glasser, and not just because of certain heavily reminiscent contours in the otherworldly acrobatics of her voice. While Interiors (True Panther) remains undeniably Mesirovian, its architecturally inspired yet organically fluid techno-pop shapes evoke the hypercolor digitalia of Homogenic more than anything Björk has touched in years.
—K. Ross Hoffman
Devon Sproule and Mike O’Neill met singing Beach Boys duets on YouTube and crafted Colours (Tin Angel) long-distance, between Austin and Halifax. But there’s nothing newfangled or logistically strained about the topics traversed here — family, ceiling fans, a minor boating accident, love — nor the album’s unhurried folk-pop. His voice is high and pure like hers, and the results, colored by Sandro Perri’s sympathetic, synth- and horn-flecked production, are rarely dazzling but consistently comforting. The Wilsons should be proud.
—K. Ross Hoffman
On Feb. 13, 1997, following a power outage, Alex Chilton played an impromptu acoustic set at the Knitting Factory and now the oft traded audience recording sees official release as Electricity by Candlelight (Bar/None). It’s both atypical and typical of the late, great Chilton: an idiosyncratic collection of country, pop, folk and jazz covers. He plays great guitar, gamely banters with the crowd and leads a few sing-alongs. Most impressive are the three Beach Boys songs.
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