Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: Stylistic hybrid of funk, soul, R&B and hip-hop from a futuristic diva for the 21st century whose take on pop music is refreshing and new.
Free Association: Solid production, ambitious variety and infectious hooks.
For Fans Of: Ms. Badu, Estelle, Jill Scott, Santigold, VV Brown.
Destroyer of the Void
Sounds Like: Laid back, countrified indie rock from Portland on their fifth LP (but second for Sub Pop); it’s a breezy, ambient spin on Americana for dusk.
Free Association: The title track is an impressive sprawling proggy gem of weirdo folk.
For Fans Of: Neil Young, ELO, Beach Boys, Gram Parsons.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Sounds Like: The weirdo/creative genius is a production maverick and DIY hero, but he uses his power for retro, trip rock and not for groundbreaking futurism.
Free Association: Tempo changes, peculiar vocals and the occasional deep groove.
PW's Music Issue 2014