The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

Photo by: Texas Isaiah  This time last year, Nappy Nina was fumbling out the gate. On the opening line of her album, The Tree Act, released in late January, she raps about this “feeling that I might not make it”; then she masks her mortality with unprompted bravado: “test me again and I might not fake it.” It is a snapshot of her attitude throughout … Continue reading The Tree Act is an Environmental Triumph (and so much more)

Nuanced Wisdom Flows From Via Intercom’s New LP, Flex, Release

sawdustandgin: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The wisdom that emanates from Brooklyn’s Via Intercom may teach you something about yourself and the society we live in. The duo, comprised of Maggie Colgan and Stevie Jick, debuted their project two years ago with an ambitious 14-track concept record called Buzz Buzz Buzz Vertigo, which explored childhood and budding queerness. Jick has worked with music most of … Continue reading Nuanced Wisdom Flows From Via Intercom’s New LP, Flex, Release

Hajk Braves Falling in Love and the Drama That Comes with It

sngalbums: Norwegian indie pop aficionados Hajk (say: hike) said that they named their 2019 album after interpersonal conflict—specifically, of the romantic kind. Drama, as it is officially known, is a concise record of heartbreak and yearning, wavering between the two for ten songs. There is no throughline to follow; instead the album progresses like a series of vignettes featuring love as it grows distant, begs … Continue reading Hajk Braves Falling in Love and the Drama That Comes with It

Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

sngalbums: The hum of a needle on wax sounds mighty similar to the patter of rain on a window. Javier Rodriguez uses this perspective shift to create a unique space for his heady beats. He released two other records last year (not including the one that dropped on January 1st of 2020), and I frequently returned to The Rain Songs for its steady comfort.  The … Continue reading Splashing About with Javier Rodriguez

Galcher Lustwerk Goes Quiet on Information LP

sngalbums: To be perfectly honest, I thought I would notice symptoms of hearing loss while I was still working at my college radio station. In actuality, last fall marked the first time when my tinnitus became too loud to ignore. When I learned that Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based Galcher Lustwerk had been living with tinnitus for years, it started to become clear why his 2019 album Information … Continue reading Galcher Lustwerk Goes Quiet on Information LP

Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

sngalbums: In recent years, the music I connect with most largely deals with the painful, tangled nature of love. Yet, Kevin A’s incredibly romantic mixtape Tropic stood out to me in spite of itself. The Scarborough, Ontario native spent years on the project and said that it is an “exploration of his identity,” which inadvertently doubles as a meditation on all types of love.  Widely … Continue reading Dynamic Sounds Reflect Kevin A’s Self-Exploration

Best Albums of 2019, pt.3

listed alphabetically, #11–30 shura – forevher buy forevher | SnG coverage | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud | Bandcamp — TÂCHES – Heart Over Heels buy Heart Over Heels | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Bandcamp — TEEN – Good Fruit buy Good Fruit | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp — Tei Shi – La Linda buy … Continue reading Best Albums of 2019, pt.3