Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Leave No Trace
Sounds Like: Afro-Israeli pop collective’s sophomore (the L.A.-based group can pack 12 people on stage) is a delightful multi-national spin on the tribal rock trend.
Free Association: Sunny, bouncy and harmless party tunes for your last pool parties.
For Fans Of: Amadou & Mariam + the Very Best, Foreign Born, Judaism, throaty “H”s.
Sounds Like: One half of Arthur & Yu goes solo for a doo-wop-influenced chamber pop opus, with help from friends, to flesh out a quiet, rich, slightly gothic folk LP.
Free Association: If you’re looking for a soundtrack to your autumnal solitude, this is it.
For Fans Of: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Panda Bear x Rogue Wave, NW doom & gloom.
Sorry 4 The Wait Mixtape
Sounds Like: With Tha Carter IV getting pushed back, Wayne gives us 12 studio farts with lots of references to pussy, money and jail.
Free Association: He says “Sorry 4 The Wait” about 25 times, so he must really mean it.
For Fans Of: T.I. x Wale + Master P, “6 Foot, 7 Foot,” stank grills, dope dickweed.
PW's Music Issue 2014