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TUNDE OLANIRANStranger (Magic Wheel) On his second full-length, pop stylist Tunde Olaniran works his warm voice against the backdrop of a carnival of styles. On the catchy “I’m Here,” Olaniran bangs it out like MJ for the 21st century. On “Miracle” he tries on a de rigueur pop trope—the self-acceptance anthem, bringing freshness and fun to a blueprint laid out by Whitney, Pink, et al. He waxes playful on “Celine Dion,” and shows off on “Coins,” snapping a picture of what a mash-up of Big Freedia, Cardi, and CupkakKe...
MADELINE KENNEYPerfect Shapes(Carpark Records) A year after her modest debut, Madeline Kenney teamed up with Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and found her signature sound: pure, unabashed, blissed-out pop. It’s the perfect complement to her timely lyrics that deal with the societal pressures women face. On the synth-driven “The Flavor of the Fruit Tree,” Kenney sweetly laments, “I keep getting old, you keep getting younger,” while “Cut Me Off” is a jumpy chorale that staves off redundancy, but in a way that won’t completely harsh your mellow....

CAT POWERWanderer(Domino) It’s been six years since Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, released her last album, which is a long time even by her standards. Thankfully, she’s back with Wanderer, a blissful return to form that will satisfy every corner of her fan base. On her last album, 2012’s Sun, Marshall played with on-trend synths and Auto-Tuned vocals, and while there’s a little bit of that on Wanderer, listeners who prefer her folksier offerings will appreciate this album as well.  There are gorgeous, piano-based tracks that evoke “I Don’t Blame...
SWEARIN’Fall Into the Sun(Merge) After officially calling it quits in 2015, beloved Philly punks Swearin’ have returned. And while there’s no doubt that this is a Swearin’ album, the passage of time is clearly something the trio internalized on Fall Into the Sun. Tracks like “Grow Into a Ghost” and “Oil and Water” question how the past might impact their future, enveloped in distorted guitars and energetic melodies. Alternating between Allison Crutchfield’s evocative vocals and Kyle Gilbride’s twang throughout the album, Swearin’ cultivates a daring and more mature sound as it...
WAXAHATCHEE Great Thunder (Merge) Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield strips down both emotionally and musically on Great Thunder, the same title of a now-defunct experimental group she was in. The material was written between 2013 and 2015 and has been given a home on this EP. Aided nearly exclusively by piano or acoustic guitar, the clean sounds on all six tracks allow the listener to focus on Crutchfield’s voice and lyrics. “Singer’s No Star,” “Takes So Much,” and “Chapel of Pines” are highlights, the last of which is a track Waxahatchee has...
AVA LUNAMoon 2(Western Vinyl) Ava Luna’s fourth LP imagines what life could be like if Earth had a utopic second moon, exploring the pseudo satellite through its signature, genre-bending style. “Childish” and “Leaf” capture the expansive nature of outer space, building mysteriously echoing vocals over playful, semi-tropical beats; the ’80s-inspired chanting choruses on “Deli Run” and “Set it Off” will invade Earthlings’ eardrums for days. While a few tracks float too far out into the galaxy, overall, the quintet blends glimmers of soul, R&B, and...
We're excited to premiere powerhouse Kristina Esfandiari's, of King Woman and Miserable, new video for the track "Loverboy" off of her new Miserable EP Loverboy. Brought to you by Sargent House Records, and released in tandem with the Dog Days EP, the Loverboy EP is a vulnerable and raw look into the mind of Esfandiari. If you have ever gotten a chance to see Esfandiari, then you know how authentically striking and intense her performances are. You can hear the vulnerability in her inflictions as she commands the attention of...
  MARISSA NADLERFor My Crimes (Sacred Bones) Instrumentally sparse but thematically complex, Marissa Nadler’s eighth release advances her signature style of lo-fi indie-folk full of mystique. With songs ruminating on relationships, her soft strumming and fingerpicking send her sweetly seductive vocals into an eerily serene dreamscape. On the title track, a Southern-gothic ballad, she sings from the perspective of a death-row inmate, while friend and fellow songwriter Angel Olsen lends backing vocals. In “Lover Release Me,” her blunt lyrics about a breakup perfectly counter the melody...
  LALA LALAThe Lamb(Hardly Art) Lala Lala’s second LP, and debut on Hardly Art, is a sometimes-dreamy sounding and often soul-baring look into the life of its vocalist, Lillie West. The album opener “Destroyer” burns slow until it explodes into a repeating chorus of, “You are the reason my heart broke behind my back.” Throughout The Lamb’s 12 tracks, West continues to be just as frank about her feelings on topics such as death, friendships, and herself. “Dove,” “Spy,” “When You Die,” and “Copycat” are must-listens,...
FRONTPERSONFrontrunner(Oscar St. Records) Frontperson is the collaboration you didn’t know you needed, but kinda sorta can’t live without now that it’s here. This debut tag-team of Kathryn Calder (the New Pornographers) and Mark Andrew Hamilton (Woodpigeon) sends folk-pop into wild new territories: orchestral swells over 808 beats, pounding rhythms under finger-picked guitars, and some of the most heartbreakingly lovely vocal harmonies this side of Fleetwood Mac. From the sweet bounce of “Long Night” to the ominous stutter of “This City is Mine,” Frontrunner is...