Sylvan Esso's sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything has evolved - the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more irresistible, and the songs shine that much brighter. However, it is also a record that was made in 2016 - which means it is inherently grappling with the chaos of a country coming undone, the voices of two people nestled in studios around the country who were bemused by what they looked out and saw. It's an album that is both political and personal, and blurs the line between the two - What Now describes the inevitable low that comes after every high, fulfillment tempered by the knowledge that there is no clearly defined conclusion. It's a record about falling in love and learning that it won't save you; about the over sharing of information and the fine line between self-awareness and narcissism; about meeting one's own personal successes but feeling the fizzling embers of the afterglow rather than the roar of achievement; about the crushing realization that no progress can ever feel permanent. It is an album that finds its strength in its own duality. But at its core, What Now is an album of the finest songs this band has ever written- produced masterfully, sang fearlessly- to articulate our collective undercurrents of anxiety and joy.
Christian's Top 10 Albums of 2016
I've never done a top albums list before, so I'll start out by listing my criteria for judging these projects. I pretty much look at only two things: continuity and listenability. Of those two, continuity is by far the most objective. Continuity is how well the album flows together. Does it... Read More
Christian's Top 20 Songs of 2016
20. Brasstracks - Say U Won't What a year Brasstracks has had. The Brooklyn duo has helped produce songs for Anderson Paak and Chance the Rapper on their 2016 albums, in addition to creating their own album. After listening to "Say U Won't", it's easy to see why... Read More
Interview: Austin Basham
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Austin Basham, a folk singer hailing from Austin, TX. We've featured Austin's music before and I was delighted to catch him while on his first ever European tour. Here's what we talked about: So I know you’ve been in... Read More
A non-Country fan's opinion on the best Country albums of 2016
I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I really wanted to try to expand the music tastes for people on this site. Without getting too political, I think that there are too many things that we like to use to divide ourselves. I don't want my taste in music to define me as a member of camp A... Read More
Stream Childish Gambino's new album "Awaken, My Love!"
Donald Glover's third Childish Gambino album, Awaken, My Love!, is now available for stream via Apple Music. It features the two previously released singles Me And Your Mama & Redbone and is the follow-up to 2013's Because of The Internet. Listen below:... Read More