Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Space Is Only Noise
Sounds Like: A debut to get excited about for low-key electronic music fans—trippy, sampled and ambient grooves that are slow-building, infectious and refreshing.
Free Association: A Frenchman in New York with a hyperdub ear and classicist’s grace.
For Fans Of: Brian Eno, Air, Avey Tare.
Friends For Now
Sounds Like: Reverb-drenched joyous noise from San Fran’s Mission District, five art school kids’ debut of psychedelic, angst-ridden new age punk music that shreds.
Free Association: Yeah, this’ll tide you and your bohemian lifestyle over for five months.
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth x Reading Rainbow, Wavves, tripping.
The Civil Wars
Sounds Like: The full-length debut of duets from Joy Williams (Nashville via Cali) and John Paul White (all Alabama), striking a lovely balance between country and folk.
Free Association: Lots of potential for this to feel gospel, but it’s just wispy acoustic bliss.
For Fans Of: Johnny & June x Lady Antebellum, that movie Once.
PW's Music Issue 2014