Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: A surprisingly intimate and revealing sophomore from the Canadian rapper with dark ruminations on exes, mirky beats, muted synths and sick collabs.
Free Association: Rappin’ about materialism is out, flow about feelings and fame is in.
For Fans Of: Nicki/Rihanna/Kid Cudi/Kanye/the Weeknd/ J Cole, Degrassi.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Sounds Like: The experimental handle of Brooklyn’s Daniel Lopatin (of Ford & Lopatin fame) is tripped-out, usually wordless, catchy rhythmic drones and synths.
Free Association: Chosen by Animal Collective for All Tomorrow’s Parties—weirdo stamp of approval!
For Fans Of: Brian Eno x the Books, Cocteau Twins + Kraftwerk.
(Arts & Crafts)
Sounds Like: The Cardiff, Wales, septet’s fourth is busy and loud with a new drummer (who kinda rips); it’s a messy, euphoric supergroup indie rock freakout.
Free Association: Even if there’s nothing special about them, they’re so energetic!
PW's Music Issue 2014