In the wake of his father's death, the prolific garage-rock revivalist returns with a heartfelt album. Titled Sleeper, it's deeper, darker and more emotional than anything the singer and guitarist has released so far.
The arty L.A. noise-rock duo's fourth album seethes stubbornly when it could have far more easily opened up at full blast and stayed there. A compact but searching 30 minutes of music, An Object hammers and wanders while upsetting and upending expectations.
The Tennessee singer's keening soprano shows off its twang, yet sounds totally contemporary. As she ranges across many musical paths — country blues, fiery hymns and more — June is careful to keep returning home to storytelling with just a few simple words and an acoustic guitar.
Barwick takes small vocal phrases and bits of instrumentation, samples them and loops them impeccably to create a sound that tentatively recalls the impossible lushness of Enya when it's not fanning out into sounds that can be experimental, spare, artful and alluring.
From Aterciopelados through her solo career, Echeverri continues to innovate, dazzle and surprise. The singer's perspective has shifted over the course of a career spanning more than 20 years, but her lyrics remain wise, whimsical, thought-provoking and fun.
Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life. After spending his childhood battling a serious illness, Kyle Morton writes songs for the band as if they were the last works he might ever create.
The Philadelphia area native grew up, quite literally, around jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller and DJ Jazzy Jeff, R&B singer Jill Scott and the Tribbett family of gospel singers. Now the bassist for Maxwell and Robert Glasper has filled his eclectic debut LP with all that history.
At Pond's core lie the meandering psychedelic adventures of early bands like Can, whose roots can be traced directly to The Velvet Underground's minimalism and drone. But, at the same time, Pond wouldn't attract the mainstream attention it has without its unforgettably blistering pop jams.