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Lingua Ignota | Caligula

August 21, 2019

Noise can be cathartic. For Kristin Hayter, noise can even be a form of salvation. Caligula, Hayter’s latest album — released under the name Lingua Ignota — serves as a punishing retribution. To listen to this cacophonous symphony is to be indoctrinated into a new, outré brand of self-care and feminism, to harvest wrong-doing as power, to confront evil with an equally malicious means, leaving the earth scorched in the rearview. This is a big undertaking, a bold defiance of…

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Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising

In order to confront the ever-growing postmodern fears of contemporary living, Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, went to a new place — one between helpless and hopeful, a place where even an ocean liner can rise from the sea more than a century after…

May 9, 2019
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The Japanese House | Good at Falling

The Japanese House of 2019 isn’t the same artist as the dreampop debutant who gained recognition for her first EP, Pools to Bathe In, in 2015. Back then, soloist Amber Bain’s identity was unknown and her auto-tuned, low-pitched, androgynous voice only added to her elusiveness.…

March 14, 2019
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The Delines | The Imperial

A rundown old car in a parking lot and two apartment complexes — one white, one a pale pink — are backdropped by an overcast sky. A rickety-looking telephone pole stands between them. This is the image used as the cover photo for retro-soul country outfit…

January 25, 2019
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