On first listen you may feel a distinct sense of fun permeating every note on the pop-punk duo Diet Cig’s new album. While that is most definitely true, there is a certain vulnerability to the album and its subject matter which puts the band far ahead of their compatriots. Singer Alex Luciano explodes in harmony across many of the tracks being at once defiant and relatable to her audience – essentially a punk through and through. Well worth your time, and it won’t take you long.
The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
We’ve been huge fans of the quartet ever since they ‘Sucker’ punched us a few years ago. Their finger on the pulse melodies and girl-group harmonies are belied by their insatiable spirit and appetite for art. They feel nostalgic with a certain freshness and the album only extenuates that feeling. With every imperfection imprinted and intentionally left on the album you feel more and more inclined to be part of the chaos yourself.
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
There isn’t much to say about this album that hasn’t already been said. So we are going to go all Rafa Benitez for a second. It is going to go down as a classic – fact. It’s depiction of society is scathing and incredibly accurate – fact. You will need this vinyl to be worth anything as an aficiando – fact. You will likely spend years telling people why it was a seminal album – fact. Now to get off the beaten track, one thing we will say is that Josh Tillman is an auteur, his style and grace moves through every note on this album. Contemporary life just got roasted.