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...
Ezra Koenig and company return with their finest album to date, Modern Vampires of the City. Recorded in Los Angeles as opposed to the group’s native Brooklyn, the album finds the band with a variety of new instruments and genres in their repertoire...
Blake’s genius lies in his ability to effortlessly blend his gorgeous soul compositions with his electronic freak-out proclivities, his pop side with his experimental side. The result of his matrimony of genres is a fine sophomore effort and one of the year’s best so far.
Tim Presley is nothing if not prolific. The former member of Darker My Love and The Strange Boys has been churning out homemade psychedelic gems under the White Fence moniker since 2010. In a mere three years he’s already racked up an impressive catalog, including his latest, Cyclops Reap.
Dedicated to “the people inside VSPW and all over…” including those incarcerated at Valley State Penitentiary for Women, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down advocate for the ability of all individuals, to recover, to progress, to “wake up,” and to get “a brand new way.”
After a lengthy 22 years, the mythical record had finally come to fruition. Thankfully, m b v captures the band doing what they do best, and while it may be a bit unfair to compare it to their last release Loveless, My Bloody Valentine confirms the adage that it is truly “better late than never.”