Talk To You Soon Speaks Volumes

sngalbums: Sam Ray’s newest release, Talk To You Soon, fits squarely in with the rest of his discography as Ricky Eat Acid, which faces the experimental side of electronica. In my experience, this genre can either lead one into enlightenment or fall very short as a self indulgent mess, with nothing really existing in the middle. Ricky Eat Acid undoubtedly exudes wisdom, yet never until … Continue reading Talk To You Soon Speaks Volumes

Foreign Rhymes Create Familiar Feeling

sngalbums: I did not devote enough time to To Pimp a Butterfly last year, and thus it didn’t make it onto my top ten list of 2015, but there was another rap album that impacted me. Last January, Hype Machine premiered Monster Rally and Jay Stone’s collaborative short LP, Foreign Pedestrians, and it is a masterpiece. Calling it a “rap album” sells this record short. … Continue reading Foreign Rhymes Create Familiar Feeling

Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

sngalbums: The first time I heard “MY KZ UR BF” I thought I had discovered something other-worldly. I had never really known what art rock was, but the rhythm and reckless amount of falsetto caught me off guard. I listened to that track incessantly for months, I couldn’t let go of how different and fun and impressive and catchy it was. That album ended up … Continue reading Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

Feminism or Bust, according to Jenny Hval

sngalbums: You may know the artist for the next installment of my top albums of 2015 list if you saw St. Vincent in North America last March. Clark’s national opener was Jenny Hval, a Norwegian songwriter who began her career in probably the first genre you think of when you hear about this Scandinavian nation: black metal. But her most recent album was not so … Continue reading Feminism or Bust, according to Jenny Hval

Top 5 Songs of 2015: #1 – “Multi-Love” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Originally appeared on the Music Court. I think it is reasonable to say most music written is about love. Love is an emotion that has such imperceptible power, it could carve a Grand Canyon into anyone’s heart. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson wrote his newest album in the wake of a relationship’s dissolution, though the falling out is not with his wife.Multi Love is an autobiographical … Continue reading Top 5 Songs of 2015: #1 – “Multi-Love” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Top 5 songs of 2015: #5 – Kissing by LUM

Originally appeared on the Music Court. The first installment of our Best Of list has earned its spot purely by virtue of being the song I played the most this year. “Kissing” is a multi-faceted song, and every single tiny detail has forced me to play it incessantly. “Kissing” is a glitchy tune that fills my spirit with some aural ooze, music that I can … Continue reading Top 5 songs of 2015: #5 – Kissing by LUM