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JAMILA WOODS LEGACY! LEGACY! (Jagjaguwar)      Jamila Woods’ LEGACY! LEGACY! is making history. A blend of soulful rhythm, baroque melody, and deep bass supports Woods’ voice through the journey of a narrative both oppressed and liberated. In heart wrenching track “SONIA” (feat. Nitty Scott), the realities of race, domestic abuse, and self-esteem are linked by our histories: “‘Cause if my blood went through it/I knew that I could do it/I knew that I could heal it.” And, with each track titled after deceased Black artists, like “BASQUIAT,”...
CHARLY BLISS Young Enough (Barsuk Records) Brooklyn band Charly Bliss is back with a new sound on its second full-length album. The band’s signature glitter- and bubblegum-infused grunge sound has been tinged with ’80s synth. The track list is a perfectly balanced journey between peppy, like on “Bleach” and “Hard to Believe,” and the band’s most emotional songs yet; “We’re young enough to believe it should hurt this much/Do you remember running barefoot against me?” vocalist Eva Hendricks sings on the title track. Young Enough is fun, nostalgic, and...
  ARIESJuramento Mantarraya(K Records) Aries’ fourth album, Juramento Mantarraya, is a burst of sunlight to usher in spring. It’s not surprising that musician and producer Isa Fernández Reviriego recently scored a video game, as tracks such as “Space Cake” reveal an effervescent chiptune influence. Aries mixes twee vocals and layers of shimmering sounds in a manner reminiscent of indie electronic artists like Animal Collective and Múm. When the relentless energy gets a bit overwhelming, the dreamy “El camino” and “Un gran puente” offer breathers from the rigorous...
      SHANA CLEVELANDNight of the Worm Moon(Hardly Art)     It’s all cosmically good vibes on Shana Cleveland’s second solo album. Recorded during 2017’s solar eclipse, the La Luz frontwoman’s latest is partially inspired by a documentary about an alien-worshipping cult. But really, Cleveland’s worshipping at the altar of jazz Afro-futurist Sun Ra, who inspired the title track, a string-laden ode to being a fly on the wall. She also bows down to uncertainty on the woozy “I’ll Never Know” and UFO sightings on the psychedelic dirge...
SOLANGEWhen I Get Home(Saint Records/Columbia)     Solange has always been the more avant-garde of the Knowles sisters, and her excellent new album, When I Get Home, finds her pushing her own musical boundaries even further than she did on 2016’s A Seat at the Table. When I Get Home is a meandering, complexly layered love letter to Solange’s hometown of Houston, featuring several spoken interludes and a lengthy roster of guests including Gucci Mane, Panda Bear, Playboi Carti, and The-Dream, plus a sample of—this is...
“Did you know it’ll be my first show in over a year?” I’m on the phone with Aldous Harding, who comes across not unlike the music she makes - tough, but tender, slightly mysterious, with a dry sense of humor to boot. If there were any start of tour jitters during her set at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on April 9, I was none the wiser. Her latest album, Designer, earned her a 5 boob review in our March/April issue (the highest amount one can earn). Listening to...

ALDOUS HARDING Designer (4AD) Like a musical method actor, New Zealand’s Aldous Harding goes all in on Designer with shape-shifting personas, setting moods and conjuring emotions through highly evocative vocals. Her voice plays the starring role on songs like “Heaven Is Empty” and “Damn,” which feature simple and sparse instrumentation—at times just an acoustic guitar or a lulling piano melody. Yet her vocals also blend beautifully into more complex arrangements like the swirling mid-tempo “Zoo Eyes.” From album opener “Fixture Picture,” where she sings with a cheery, almost...
Summer is approaching, which is the perfect opportunity for ethereal, dreamy bops like Lauren Ruth Ward’s “Hungry Barber,” to play on a breezy, dusk evening. BUST is thrilled to premiere the music video. At only 1 minute and 30 seconds long, the song is short and sweet, leaving us craving more. Ward sings, “Tell me your theories, I'm just waitin’ to believe them/We're the 2 AM club, drunk and horny/Will your magic mouth be speakin'?” “Hungry Barber is a departure from our usual sound and process,” Ward...
SOAKGrim Town(Rough Trade) Bridie Monds-Watson, known musically as SOAK, blazed into our hearts with her Mercury Prize-nominated debut in 2015. And if this album is any indication, we’ll just leave a permanent space for her there. Steeped in youth and fear, restlessness and optimism, Grim Town uses a bright pop palette to unpack the cool, dark haze of being a 20-something going everywhere and nowhere, all at once. Whether it’s the atmospheric waves of “Get Set Go Kid” or the bittersweet shine of “Maybe” and “Deja...
  We formed the Lunachicks in 1988 as teenagers—four best friends from New York City who were obsessed with music and each other. Being in a band allowed us to devote all our free time to both of those things. That was the extent of our agenda. We had no idea what we were in for. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth caught one of our earliest gigs and wanted to produce us. We didn’t know who they were and never heard of Sonic Youth,...