On the Record: Kate Bush, Cults, Fucked Up & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Battles

Gloss Drop

(Warp)

Sounds Like: A really tight sophomore from the Brooklyn prog and noise rockers, who despite losing a core member, have ramped up their pop levels to Awesome.

Free Association: The video for “Ice Cream” will knock your damn socks off.

For Fans Of: Don Caballero + Notwist, King Crimson x Foals, badass drummers.

EMA

Past Life Martyred Saints

(Souterrain Transmissions)

Sounds Like: Singer-songwriter and experimentalist, this one-woman band has created a dynamic and quietly powerful debut of reverb-heavy dark noise pop.

Free Association: She uses clever turns of phrase and understated politics well.

For Fans Of: Sonic Youth x Cat Power + Patti Smith, anti-GaGa non monsters.

Kate Bush

Director’s Cut

(Fish People)

Sounds Like: The bizarro Queen of Brit Prog Pop’s revisiting two records (Red Shoes and Sensual World), re-recording them and, in some cases, re-writing them, too.

Free Association: She’s lost a little falsetto, but she’s as breathy and arty as ever.

For Fans Of: Stevie Nicks x Tori Amos, Nico + PJ Harvey, respect for your elders.

Cults

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