Four albums in, the members of Arcade Fire have found themselves in a position reserved only for the vastly marketable, intriguingly mysterious, and conspicuously controversial of the music industry in that we cannot help but watch their every move.
In a word, Valerie June’s voice permeates. It’s quite a task to divert your attention to anything else when it invades and envelops your eardrums. On this latest album, she remains utterly compelling while trying her hand, or rather voice, at country, folk, blues, and rock.
A Color Map of the Sun is the fourth album Pretty Lights album of a discography that blends together nearly seamlessly. It is the sound of an established voice in electronica completely taking over the reins on a grandiose effort with manifest success.
Alela Diane’s latest album, About Farewell, is about, you guessed it, saying goodbye. The Portland-based folk songstress’ full-length comes in the wake of her divorce from guitarist Tom Bevitori, who had played on and co-wrote Diane’s last album, 2011’s Alela Diane & Wild Divine.
Colfax Speed Queen’s Satisfaction Intended gives the impression that the four-piece has had its share of after-hours festivity and debauchery along their namesake avenue. Here the band has penned eleven charmingly boisterous odes to rock and roll, and homemade amphetamines...