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Don’t Sit By The Phone For Me

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Alvvays “Dreams Tonite” Molly Rankin sings “Dreams Tonite” with a pleasant wispiness that serves the song very well, both in the way it renders the main melody and portrays a specific type of thoughtful, self-effacing introversion. She’s singing about a relationship that’s gone cold, but the real tension in the song is trying to interpret […]

Just To Function

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Liyv “Weeknight” The sound of this song – perky and feminine, minimal in its arrangement but maximalist in the way its vocal hook is chopped up and reconfigured as a sort of drop – would’ve seemed ahead of the curve five years ago, and trendy two years ago. Now it just sounds like the zeitgeist, […]

Life Is Just Our Party Palace

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kesha “Let ‘Em Talk” There is an urgency to Kesha’s new album Rainbow that is very noticeable when you hear in the context of current mainstream pop music – it doesn’t sound like something that’s been calculated and revised several times over in the hope of finding success; it sounds like something that had to […]

It Seems Just Like A Dream

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The RockATeens “Across the Piedmont” This song is nearly 20 years old, but I’ve only known it for a little while, after Carl Newman from The New Pornographers was tweeting about his deep love of The RockATeens. “Across the Piedmont” hit me right away and has been lingering in my mind for months. I wish […]

The Underground Is Twice As Nice

Oh Sees “Jettison” John Dwyer won’t ever let you down. If you come to an Oh Sees record looking for grooves and riffs and “wooo!” and relentless forward momentum, you’re absolutely going to get those things in some combination. Much like The Fall and Clinic before them, they know what their aesthetic is, and the […]

What The Mirror Thought It Saw

Mount Kimbie featuring King Krule “Blue Train Lines” King Krule sings “Blue Train Lines” with an urgent, frazzled tone, as though he’s trying to fill you in on as many details as he can because there’s just not enough time. His heavily accented rasp sounds like a version of Joe Strummer raised on rap as […]

This Town Has No Use For You Now

Margo Price “Paper Cowboy” The character in Margo Price’s “Paper Cowboy” is the epitome of the old country expression “all hat, no cattle.” He’s what the late radio crank Bob Grant would call a “fake phony fraud.” If you take Price’s word for it, he’s a blowhard who only brings misery to the people around […]

There Is No Future Point In Time

Nine Inch Nails “The Background World” “The Background World” starts off as a fairly typical late period Nine Inch Nails song, with Trent Reznor singing a very Reznor sort of melody over contrasting keyboard parts – some burbling, some bleeping, some like the electronic equivalent of the ambient hum inside a seashell. Reznor sounds exhausted […]

1997 Survey Mix

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the eighth in the 1990s survey mix series, which will come out monthly in chronological order through this year. You can find the previous mixes here. I’ve made a Spotify version of this survey which you can find here, though it is missing 15 tracks and has no sound editing for smooth listening. […]

Caught In The Rain

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Octo Octa “No More Pain (Promises To A Younger Self)” This is a great example of an artist giving an abstract work of art a title that gives you some loose instruction on how to interpret it. The first 30 seconds of “No More Pain (Promises To A Younger Self)” is ambient and vaguely melancholy […]

A Pillow Of Lies

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Rhye “Please” When Rhye released their first few songs back in 2013 there was a manufactured mystery about them – where did this gentle, sexy music come from, and who is this woman with the silky, gorgeous voice? This was clearly setup for the big reveal: That’s not a woman at all, that’s some guy […]

The Light That Comes From A Smile

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Monster Rally & RUMTUM “Raindrops” I’m not sure what song is being sampled here, but I love the way Monster Rally and RUMTUM bend this honey sweet voice so it forms a coherent phrase – “heaven offers the raindrops.” It’s like those activity book games where you fold the paper so different lines connect to […]

Until Time Ends, Yes

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sudan Archives “Come Meh Way” Brittney Denise Parks, who records as Sudan Archives, is an untrained violinist and plays her instrument in a way that sidesteps a lot of conventions. It’s a naive approach, but also focused and inventive – she’s using a complex and tonally rich instrument to approximate the style of West African […]

Flowers, Rainbows, And Posies

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Tyler, the Creator featuring Rex Orange County “Foreword” Part of what makes Tyler, the Creator so interesting to listen to on his new record Flower Boy is that he seems like he’s settled into his adult self but is uncertain of who he’s supposed to be in the world. He’s moved away from the trolling […]

Easy Like The Dream

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Tricky featuring Martina Topley-Bird “When We Die” The very fact that this song exists feels like a miracle. This is the first song Tricky has released featuring Martina Topley-Bird in nearly 20 years, and I think most everyone had just come to assume they simply were never going to work together again. Sure, they played […]

The Natural Order Of Things

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This Is The Kit “Moonshine Freeze” “Moonshine Freeze” has a witchy feeling to it – some of it is in the odd, foreboding atmosphere of it and its melodic roots in English folk, but it’s mainly in the lyrics, which seem as though they’re outlining some sort of ritual. There’s not that many words to […]

Do Everything With Our Heart

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FKJ “Joy” FKJ’s debut is remarkably slick and sophisticated in its composition, effortlessly sliding between funk, soul, jazz, and house without ever feeling like a series of forced juxtapositions. “Joy” is the climax of the record, and ties together many of the musical threads through the set, while leaning hard on jazz elements in particular. […]

None Of Yr Business

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The Lo-Fi’s “Don’t Worry About It” The Lo-Fi’s is kind of a misleading name for this band. The name sets you up to imagine something fuzzy and distorted, or twee and homemade, but these young dudes mostly make music that feels suave and sleek, with crisp chords and a brisk beat. I saw this band […]

The Backside Of My Eyes

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Soccer Mommy “Benadryl Dreams” Practically every bit of this song has a lovely lazy dreamy quality to it, but the part that really gets me is the gentle gear shift in the “it’s always the same thing” refrain. She’s singing about drugging herself to sleep in an attempt to keep her mind of a crush […]

Every Cell Replaced, Erased

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Vince Staples featuring Kenrick Lamar, Ku?ka, Sophie, and Flume “Yeah Right” Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory has a constant jittery energy, with mostly EDM-identified producers delivering tracks that accentuate the anxiety and paranoia in his verses, and situate his rapping in somewhat alien musical territory. It’s a very adventurous record, and sounds at least a […]

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