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boygenius by boygenius

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Melancholic and soft, this debut release from songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus plays like a longing lullaby. The group’s moniker is intended as commentary on gendered themes and as a means to highlight their femme-focused ensemble. Simple riffs and melting melodies compose each track, coming together to explore the typical tropes of…

Highway Dancer by Calvin Love

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Songwriters are no strangers to loneliness. While some create soundscapes to seek solace from isolation, fewer choose to immerse themselves in it. With his new album, Highway Dancer, Edmonton-raised Calvin Love embraces the void and encourages listeners to do the same. Like a deep-space desperado on a lonesome interstellar journey, Love hitches classic conceits in…

Dose Your Dreams by Fucked Up

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Over the last decade, Toronto band Fucked Up has become a mainstay of the Canadian music scene. Their newest album, Dose Your Dreams, is an excellent 18-track project. Features from Jennifer Castle and J Mascis — of Dinosaur Jr. — help bring different vocal contrasting throughout the re- cord, especially towards the end, as lead…

Bottle It In by Kurt Vile

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Whether it be of the air or of the mind, there’s a certain haziness that hovers nearby this time of year. While some would try to fight it, Kurt Vile — who is no stranger to walking through this pretty daze himself — uses his latest record, Bottle It In, to encourage listeners to float…

Piano & A Microphone 1983 By Prince

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As the late artist’s first posthumous release, Piano & A Microphone 1983 intimately encapsulates an entire musical legacy. A look behind the curtain, so to speak, the LP was unveiled by Prince’s estate on Sept. 21 and comes from deep within the artist’s personal archives. Piano & A Microphone 1983 was initially recorded in one…

Burnt Sugar by Gouge Away

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Hardcore bands are rarely praised for their range. Albums in the genre are usually a chore to listen to as the songs begin to blend together into one barrage of noise and fury. Some bands even forgo the album format altogether — opting for split EPs, promo tapes and live shows. With Burnt Sugar, Gouge…

Solo Piano III By Chilly Gonzales

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It’s been an interesting year for musical egos. From Kanye’s synapse-deteriorating return to Twitter this April, to Paul Simon dropping a tired album earlier this month, as though we’ve actually cared about his work since Graceland, songwriters appear to be as self-assured as they’ve ever been. Unlike Yeezy or Paul, however, Chilly Gonzales — the…

In Another Life by Sandro Perri

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This atmospheric experiment in songwriting proves, just a few tracks in, to be an LP not to miss. In Another Life marks a fresh re-entry for the Toronto-based producer Sandro Perri as his first solo release since 2011. The album features an impressive, exploratory trilogy of tracks: “Everybody’s Paris Pt I” builds to “Everybody’s Paris…

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