One True Vine
Sounds like: Heaven! This daughter of Chicago is soon-to-be 74, and her rebirth in the 2000s has been awe-inspiring. This second one, with Jeff Tweedy, is no different.
Free association: The best tracks are the happier ones up front.
For fans of: Dionne x Aretha + Etta, Jack White with Loretta Lynn, graceful old soul.
Sounds like: This PA hero and Pearls and Brass alum is on Sub Pop now, and the sophomore slump has evaded our favorite sexy trucker.
Free association: He’s getting comfortable mixing beats, weird sounds and grooves.
For fans of: Roy Orbison x Matthew Dear + country James Blake, 32 x 32 Levi’s man’s men.
Sounds like: The neo-soul revelation of the early aughts is damn near 40 now, and her fifth, while peppered with Turkish instruments, is bland and uninspired.
Free association: It’s hard to hate on her inoffensive, uplifting ways. Someone has to be the counterpoint.
For fans of: Me’Shell Ndegeocello x Roberta Flack + Angie Stone, headdress mystics.
Talk a Good Game
Sounds like: The 32-year-old Houston-via-Atlanta R&B princess is one of her genre’s brightest stars. Her inspired, sultry and brutally honest fourth is killer.
Free association: Some real gems are here; the track with Bey and Michelle is supa-tight.
For fans of: D’s Child x Whitney, The-Dream/Pharrell/Pusha T.
Sounds like: The perfect midpoint between the two bands it was born from, Deftones and ISIS, merge for a debut of not-that-heavy droney prog metal.
Free association: You could even dislike either band’s sound yet love this one.
For fans of: Mastodon x QOTSA/Rob Zombie/Primus/Lamb of God.