Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: The ever-evolving, supremely talented singer-songwriter’s ninth studio effort is a quiet, spare and captivating spin on her neo-soul R&B bass-playin’ bag.
Free Association: Her biggest hit’s that damn Mellencamp duet—what a weird world.
For Fans Of: Erykah Badu x Maxwell, Prince + Jill Scott, soulful vocal control.
Tides and Tales
Sounds Like: Steve Schiltz, frontman for Longwave, issues a second LP following his buzzy debut (IT HAD A SONG ON THE TWILIGHT SOUNDTRACK!) full of infectiously peaceful indie rock.
Free Association: Sometimes totally inoffensive soft man rock has a subtle brilliance.
For Fans Of: Death Cab x Iron & Wine, Badly Drawn Boy + Stars, Breaking Dawn.
A Place Where The Sun Is Silent
Sounds Like: Raleigh via Baltimore post-punk screamo sextet’s fourth is a weird mixture of artsy metal, emo vocals, gothic and angst-ridden lyricism and it blows.
Free Association: A record in two acts: the Gate and the Immortal Sill (WHAT!?).
For Fans Of: An Autumn Surrender + Fear Before, concept screamo, flatironed dude hair.
PW's Music Issue 2014