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Your Image Stains My Mind

12 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Fog Lake “Side Effects” The first half of Fog Lake’s Dragonchaser is a pleasant, spacey haze – acoustic guitars jangling in icy reverb, with an androgynous voice murmuring lyrics that strongly suggest the name of the record isn’t some D&D thing. But a bit over halfway through the record, everything perks up considerably. The guitar […]

The Mess Is In You

22 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

No Joy “Hellhole” I feel like a lot of the artists who’ve made shoegaze music in the past decade and a half have set a very low bar for themselves. It’s a style where you can get by on very little, and artists who legitimately pushed the genre forward, like A Sunny Day in Glasgow […]

Like Lucid Dreams

Goldfrapp “Anymore” Goldfrapp have spent their entire career vacillating between meditative, delicate ballads and glammy dance pop, mostly doing one style at a time per record. As the time between Goldfrapp’s records increase, so does the space between these phases, and so “Anymore” is the first proper banger this band has released since 2010. It […]

Nowhere In Particular

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lana Del Rey “Love” The key to Lana Del Rey’s music is that she understands that certain types of sadness and yearning are very satisfying feelings, sometimes more so than most positive emotions. This is especially true when you’re terrified of actual intimacy – being with someone is scary, but pining for them lets you […]

The Forest Through The Trees

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ivy Sole “East” Ivy Sole’s voice comes off rugged and tough at the start of this track, matching the tone of the track, which is forceful and abrasive from the first seconds. She’s announcing who she is, she’s situating herself in rap, she’s recontextualizing tropes. (She’s right, a trap is basically a startup.) But as […]

Ignore The Disapproval

Anna Wise “Coconuts” Anna Wise’s previous EP was like an awakening – reckoning with sexism and body image, turning against societal bullshit holding her back. “Coconuts,” from her second EP, is further along: Less dogmatic and aggressive, but coming at the same ideas from a far stronger and more assured perspective. The song is relaxed […]

Lights Danced On The Concrete

Cassandra Jenkins “Candy Crane” This is a lovely track all around, but please take note of the lead guitar, which has the low-key melodic elegance of peak George Harrison. It’s a fabulous complement to Cassandra Jenkins’ vocal performance, bringing out the warmth in her voice without compromising the steady, deliberately calm cadences of her melody. […]

Fuck The Glass Ceiling

Very Fresh “Cool Kids” “Cool Kids” is basically a litany of social pressures, and the joke is that as Cindy Lou Gooden moves up the timeline from being a teenager into adulthood, it only gets more anxious and manic. She sings it all with a snide Jello Biafra-ish affect, broadly signaling contempt and dark humor, […]

Keep It Sugar Coated

Sandscape “Artifical Rush” “Artificial Rush” is the sort of song that sounds as if it can only exist at night, and that it’s deeply inappropriate to put it on in daylight hours. And this isn’t even really because it’s so obviously meant to be boudoir music – the very sound of it evokes the amber […]

The Screams Will Be Real

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Hanni El Khatib “Gonna Die Alone” I feel like the phrase “die alone” is most commonly associated with being a frustrated single person, but this song by Hanni El Khatib goes to a darker place than that. This is more about paranoia, and feeling like everyone is out to get you one way or another, […]

The Fear Of Closing Time

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Rose Elinor Dougall “Closer” Rose Elinor Dougall’s voice has always signaled a thoughtful introversion, even back when she was one of the Pipettes. Back then it subverted the band’s retro girl group aesthetic – she came off like the sort of ostensibly shy girl who’s always about to say something a bit cutting and wry […]

The Life That I Choose

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Syd “Shake Em Off” “Shake ‘Em Off” reminds me a lot of Missy Elliott and Timbaland’s mid-‘90s material, at least in that it’s got this very similar push-and-pull between lushness and minimalism; warm sensuality and aloof distance; clever artsiness and pop hooks. Syd’s voice is very much at home in a track like this – […]

1991 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the second in the 1990s survey mix series, which will come out monthly in chronological order through this year. It’s important for the ‘90s to be presented in order, because the story of music in that decade is basically a trilogy in which each act ends in tragedy – the suicide of Kurt […]

What A Stupid Concept

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Priests “JJ” Katie Alice Greer sounds thoroughly appalled throughout “JJ,” starting first with herself for having “such awful taste” in men while looking back on some regrettable ex. Then she shifts that over to the ex, whose “bad attitude” pose extended to thinking she was disgusting. And then she pulls back a bit further to […]

Might Not Know Why

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins “Show You the Way” When I learned about this song I was like “wow, Thundercat got Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins on a song?!?” And then I heard it, and you can hear Thundercat expressing the same thing in the song itself. What luck, right? This is how […]

I’ll Be At The Bar

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Ty Segall “Break A Guitar” There has been no shortage of dudes drawing on Black Sabbath riffs over the past – oh, hmm, 40 years or so? – but a lot of the time, it’s just aimless sludgy riffage without much charm. Ty Segall does it right by keeping that sort of heaviness and bombast […]

A Very Funky Tragedy

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Gabriel Garzón-Montano “Sour Mango” Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s melodies are bold and immediately charming, but rendered in layers of muted pastel tones that keep a relatively busy song like “Sour Mango” from feeling too rich and heavy. There’s a nice feeling of weightlessness in this song, with the vocal and instrumental harmonies hovering around a crisp beat […]

Their Paltry Pint Of Blood

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Japandroids “Arc of Bar” “Arc of Bar” is a skyscraper of a song, building upwards towards the heavens with each verse as if the band was on a solemn mission to go get a beer with God Himself. A lot of beers. This is the most epic drinking song I have ever heard, and maybe […]

We Like To Boogie

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Delicate Steve “Nightlife” Delicate Steve plays guitar like a lead singer, so it works out nicely that there’s no singer in his band. His lead parts carry the central melody of the tunes, but even if it works as a substitution for a traditional rock singer, it doesn’t necessarily feel like one. Steve’s parts are […]

In The Garden Of Love With You

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Foxygen “Avalon” If you are a musician skilled in mimicry, glam rock is your friend. There’s never any need to be authentic, and you’re only limited by a lack of shame and/or a lack of funds. Foxygen gave up on shame years ago, and now they’ve got the budget to back themselves up with a […]

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