Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: The third solo LP from Montreal’s sweetheart is a stunner—with just her voice and keys she’s created a beautifully dreamy, ethereal electropop opus.
Free Association: Critics are fawning all over this chick.
For Fans Of: Lykke Li + Zola Jesus, disco Joanna Newsom, witch house/grave wave.
Sounds Like: The drummer/singer/producer has broken free from Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls to give us a staggeringly beautiful and simple synthy, wispy sophomore LP.
Free Association: A little Cure-obsessed, but it’s working for you, sister.
For Fans Of: Laurie Anderson, sophisticated Best Coast, ditching dead weight.
On The Impossible Past
Sounds Like: Philly via Scranton quartet specialize in a brand of highly digestable emotional but modern post-punk, and on their third they deliver a great, varied rock LP.
Free Association: Don’t worry, they’re staying far, far away from bullshit emo punk.
For Fans Of: Anti-Flag/Against Me!/the Gaslight Anthem, angry Weezer, local success.
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014