From eighties synthpop-prophets TEARS FOR FEARS’ rich, meticulous, “The Tipping Point,” to spotlight acolyte FOXES’ airtight gala, “The Kick” February albums riff on tide-turning journeys and paradigm shifts. Breakthroughs cruise bemused roots-rock philosophers GREAT LAKES’ gnarly, “Contenders,” and torrid enforcers EMPATH’s massive, “Visitor,” while windfalls follow melodic indie-pop wanderers MILD ORANGE’s brisk, “Looking For Space,” and regal scene-stealer EMILY WELLS’ elegant and intelligent elegies, “Regards to the End.” Brace yourself.
Los Bitchos - Let The Festivities Begin
Album title: Let The Festivities Begin
Record Label: City Slang
Nimble conniptions swimming in Peruvian chica, Turkish psychedelia and Argentine cumbias, pan-continental instrumentalists Los Bitchos’ whirlwind surf-punk wedding-band vibes ride celebratory euphoria for communal grooves brewing exotic holidays. Vacation invitations swinging in contagious playfulness, “Festivities,” hits the hips with infectious head-trips, shedding pretentions, flouting conventions and shredding in mesmerizing tremolo rolling over subtle convulsions with giddy-up percussion and crazed bass.
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ADULT. - Becoming Undone
Album title: Becoming Undone
Record Label: Dais Records
Hard grinds timed to sharp tongues and harsh parched hungers, “Undone,” lunges from edgy precipices into analogue squabbles lit in fluorescent menace and delivered with banshee immediacy hellbent on electronic domination. Beat-driven precision powers ADULT.’s sullen industrial insistence into manic transcendence, synchronized patterns battling claustrophobic poltergeists with rubbery push-button shudders and cyber-carny anarchy tag-teaming vaporwave vampires clamoring in stroboscopic lockdowns.
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SASAMI - Squeeze
Album title: Squeeze
Record Label: Domino
Cagey mischief-maker SASAMI’s foxy pop-rock shines in pithy bewitching issuing two-pronged songs buffed in fuzz, ferocious mojo bolted to jack-hammer fantasies carving essential intentions with untamed gaming. Compact attacks storming past mixing-board borders into astute studio-tutored maneuvers, “Squeeze,” releases panoramic canvases exhibiting insane range and imaginative refashioning while retaining artistic anchors with classic passion offering competent opulence with confident options.
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Cate Le Bon - Pompeii
Album title: Pompeii
Record Label: Mexican Summer
Liquid inquiries dripping jellyfish deliciousness over slithering synthesis, “Pompeii,” sashays through amniotic odysseys as cosmic plops fostering languid radiance bathe in sumptuous art-funk wonders, proverbial curries dancing in tantalizing confiding, cryptic riddles and charmed harmonics. Ethereal surrealist and future-pop pixie, Lebon fawns over lubricated cadence nestling quixotic thoughts within quivering enigmas while lurid allure merges lysergic swirls with grazing parades
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OMBIIGIZI - Sewn Back Together
Album title: Sewn Back Together
Record Label: Arts & Crafts
Societal pledges, contested heritages and reverent identities haunt the hypnotic politics inside, “Sewn,” whose deeply rooted fusion pairs modern preponderance with mystical traditions cultivating narcotic indie-rock basted in droning vocal dream choruses poured over tight-knit riffs. Anishnaabe artists Daniel Monkman and Adam Sturgeon unleash feverish mediation through steady reflections, relentless tempos conjuring tempered momentum from tangible mantras promoting focused emotions.
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A Place To Bury Strangers - See Through You
Album title: See Through You
Record Label: Dedstrange
Flooded in ideas manifesting ominous promises APTBS balances leveraged heft and abrasive grace to fling abstract cataclysms into an overdriven abyss, grabbing frenzied slabs from distorted quarries for crushing alt-rock infrastructure on the brink of self-destruction. Lustful catapults crashing into trigger-happy bombast, “See” seethes in deep dark feelings buried by craven cave-ins, phantom landslides submerging furious blurs into willful thrills.
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Vague abstractions shape late-winter music, from theatrical encapsulator LUNAR NOON’s cosmopolitan cross-pollinations, “Symbolic Creatures,” to trip-hop tricksters BESHKEN’s interdimensional disco, “Pantomime,” and outspoken alt-rock dynamos MONSOON’s brash, “Ghost Party.” Uncertainty lurks in heavy-lidded visionary THE REDS, PINKS & PURPLE’s heavenly gentleness, “Summer at Land End’s,” and dockside novelists THE DELINES’ smoldering country-soul, “The Sea Drift.” Even composer CARMEN VILLAIN’s beguiling immersive environments, “Only Love From Now,” mega-hep high-stepper THE JAZZ BUTCHER’s swanky hanky-panky, “Highest of the Land,” and astro-blues gurus SPIRITUALIZED’s blown-fuse tsunami, “Everything Was Beautiful,” suggest suspicions gripping optimism.