by Tanner Stechnij

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Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising

May 9, 2019

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 it sank. Appropriately, the noise of this specific moment is as revisionist and stylized as the titular premise, as Titanic Rising sounds like an amalgamation of the pop-rock of Mering’s parents’ generation — from ‘a simpler…

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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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