[Grade: B+] A fluid piece of dreamily amorphous electronica that meanders its way through bleary drones and elusively soulful vocal fragments.
[Grade: B-] A generous cast of indie and electronic A-listers contributed tracks to this charity comp.
[Grade: B] Minutes of Sleep was composed as an elegy to a recently passed parent. Not surprisingly, it’s a deeply ruminative affair.
[Grade: B-] Planningtorock's All Love's Legal offers a somewhat cuddlier spin on an outspoken radical feminist agenda.
[Grade: B] The core of Snowbird's debut is Windham Hill-esque piano and sumptuous vocal embroidery.
[Grade: B+] Wonderland upholds the Sincerely Yours crew's knack for vibrant unpredictability and luxuriously plastic soundscapes.
[Grade: A] Fans will revel in the meandering, mesmerizing swathes of flittery six-string filigree, but surprises abound, too.
[Grade: B-] Have Fun With God plays like a Zen koan approximation of the actual experience of listening to a Bill Callahan record.
K7's venerable DJ-Kicks series — which sees its 20th year (and 50th installment) in 2014 — has been in a resolutely housey mode of late, and the two mellow-leaning volumes dropped late last year were no exceptions.
[Grade: B+] By now we know what to expect from Jones and co. and Give the People What They Want (Daptone) does what the title says.
[Jan. 22] In his highly particular way, R. Stevie Moore is the ultimate cult artist. He's flabbergastingly prolific, and his stylistic range is as sprawling as his output.
[Jan. 17] We were first introduced to Cate Le Bon as something of a protégé of her Welsh compatriot Gruff Rhys, of Super Furry Animals.
[Jan. 15] The band's expansive, idiosyncratic vision of Americana combines warmly earnest harmonies and lively stompiness with nuanced chamber-folk arrangements.
[Jan. 11] Mockasin's sound is probably best described as Barry White by way of Ariel Pink, with a side helping of Ween and/or Beck at their most Prince-addled and narcotized.
[Grade: B+] As the music industry settles in for its long winter's nap, it's hard to imagine a richer hibernation soundtrack than this.
[Grade: B+] Aljawal offers an astonishingly fluid fusion that, even in a musical climate overrun with trans-cultural cross-pollinations, feels surprising and truly exotic.
[Jan. 4] Speedy Ortiz' Sadie Dupuis wranglers her wry poet's diction and girly-tough, conversational coo around whip-smart, self-skewering lyrics.
[Dec. 13] The trio's latest tries on a wide array of approaches, culminating in a mind-bending free-jazz maelstrom inspired by the theories of psycho-spiritual psychiatrist Stanislav Grof.
[Dec. 13] This D.C./Berlin production duo has, since 2010, issued a string of strange, subtle, almost perfectly formed singles that occupy an aesthetic world entirely their own.