Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: Addictive blend of funk, dark pop, new school soul and low-key electronica from a techno producer with a deep catalogue.
Free Association: “You Put A Smell On Me” is like a male incarnation of Grace Jones.
For Fans Of: Bowie x Reznor, Kraftwerk x Massive Attack, discoveries.
Three Mile Pilot
The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten
Sounds Like: Much-anticipated record from the San Diego legends responsible for Pinback return with their soft, spacey, bass-heavy rock with ‘90s deeply embedded.
Free Association: Glad they brought back the strings and piano. Sounds real nice.
For Fans Of: Black Heart Procession, Yo La Tengo x Built to Spill.
Justin Townes Earle
Harlem River Blues
Sounds Like: Famous dad, famous upbringing, sure, but this guy’s voice is caramel smooth and full of life, sorrow and vitality; a gorgeous set of bluesy country songs.
Free Association: Five overdoses by 21? Good thing you saw the light, son.
For Fans Of: A.A. Bondy, Merle Haggard, southern Ray LaMontagne.
PW's Music Issue 2014