Gotye’s highly-anticipated third release Making Mirrors (out now on Samples'n'Seconds/Fairfax/Universal Republic) is filled with percussion-driven songs in a wide range of compositional styles. Recorded in a barn down under in remote Australia, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Wouter "Wally" De Backer creates an intricate, expansive sound on what's sure to be a breakout album (FYI: Gotye is pronounced "Gauthier," from the French translation of Wouter). The ... Read More
Let January 31, 2012 be known as the day that it happened: the day that Born to Die (out now on Interscope) finally dropped. After months of furious Internet opining, illegal downloads of leaked tracks, tons of grainy live footage, and one questionable Saturday Night Live performance, we now have an entire record of moody, lilting pop songs with which to rightfully judge Lana Del Rey. So what is the verdict?  It is—wait for it—not that bad. Some ... Read More
In a little less than a year, Dylan Baldi--as well known for his precociousness as the thrashy, fun music he’s been producing for the past few years--has turned into a brooding, broken-hearted misanthrope. Not to say that I minded this: Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' third full-length release (out now on Carpark Records), is a fun listen from start to finish. But I did miss the old days a little by the end of opener “No Future/No Past,” a song ... Read More
As a person who is currently in the process of redecorating her room to look like the Black Lodge, I get really excited every time I receive an email about David Lynch. This excitement was only doubled today when I saw an email that involved both David Lynch and my favorite goth-pop singer Zola Jesus, whose amazing album Conatus (out now on Sacred Bones) was on repeat in my headphones for months last fall (and whose performance on the first night of CMJ caused me ... Read More
Last month, BUST had the pleasure of checking out Caithlin de Marrais at a couple of her NYC shows. De Marrais, the former frontwoman for beloved indie band Rainer Maria, released her second solo album Red Coats this fall (available on End Up/Polyvinyl), and it's a real gem. The record is full of gorgeous tunes anchored by her airy, lilting vocals. De Marrais' voice is really the star of the show. Sometimes husky, sometimes sweet, she can turn a low-key track into ... Read More
It's the most wonderful time of the year--you know, when every magazine, blog, and 13-year-old with a Tumblr compiles a "best of 2011" list and makes you feel old and out of touch for not having heard of half of the people on it. So hold on to your butts, because BUST is jumping into the fray with our very own Best of 2011 Spotify playlist. Yeah, Drake is on it. I'm just as ashamed as you are. Click here to listen and subscribe!Notable omissions: "212" by Azealia ... Read More
Korallreven doesn’t sound like anybody else, but if I had to try, I'd say they're like a lover’s caress on a sunny afternoon with just a little bit of Enya and a touch of Ace of Base. On their full-length debut An Album by Korallreven (out now on Acéphale), the Swedish duo’s unique sound incorporates ominous undertones with optimistic, uplifting soundscapes of epic proportions. Lead vocals are steady and robotic, flanked by choir-like ... Read More
If “Time Travel,” one of the more delightfully sinister tracks on Blouse's self-titled debut, is to be believed, the band has the ability to fluidly travel between present, past, and future. The album (out now on Captured Tracks), which sounds nostalgic and fresh all at once, confirms this assertion. Charlie Hilton’s lead vocals hover somewhere between Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier and Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, while the melodies ... Read More
Despite the title, Brite Futures’ new album Dark Past (out now on Turnout) is anything but gloomy. The Seattle-based band (formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) split from Warner Bros. and have since moved on to indie label Turnout, a move that underlies some songs on the new record. The quintet of Claire England, Shaun Libman, Luke Smith, David Price, and Conor Sisk may have a new name, but they can still bring us an album full of ... Read More
Motherhood seems to have been quite an influential force on Kimya Dawson’s new album Thunder Thighs (out now on her label Great Crap Factory). Many of the songs--as well as the Sesame-Street-on-acid album cover--evoke whimsical sensibilities that wouldn’t be out of place in a hip kindergarten classroom. Dawson’s desire to create music she can share with her now five-year-old daughter reached an apex on 2008’s Alphabutt, a collection of ... Read More
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