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Neneh Cherry

Blank Project

Smalltown Supersound

Feb 24, 2014 Music Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Not one to be rushedit's almost a quarter of a century since the release of her debut Raw Like Sushi and 16 years since her last solo releaseBlank Project marks the long overdue return of Neneh Cherry. More

Feb 21, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Last fall, Annie Clark emerged from 18 long months on the roadwhich included the Strange Mercy tour and her Love This Giant gigs with David Byrneready to work. Rather than take the standard time off to recover and recalibrate, Clark dove right into songwriting again, expelling the last year and a half's worth of ideas into these 11 new tracks. The simply-titled St. Vincent arrived far earlier than anyone would have expected from such a busy artist, but it doesn't feel rushed; rather, it's the product of a musician on an inspired streak. More

Actress

Ghettoville

Werkdiscs

Feb 20, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

While many artists tend to spend their careers beefing up their sound, Darren Cunningham takes the opposite approach. As Actress, the London-based producer's music-if you can even call it that-is an exquisite lesson in sonic deconstructionism, a gnarl of electronic dis-effects that rub raw against the eardrums like a saw-toothed pumice stone. More

Phantogram

Voices

Republic

Feb 19, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Voices is Phantogram's full-length follow up to 2009's Eyelid Movies (EPs have been released in the interim), and the Saratoga Springs duo stays true to its layered, beat-driven, ambient method. This time around, however, the songs are tighter, and with their signature multi-tracking and moody approach, the album benefits enormously from the added structure. More

Feb 18, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Lost in the Trees' last album, A Church That Fits Our Needs, was a somber and lush reflection on singer/songwriter Ari Picker's mother's death. It carved out an expansive space to explore emotions and depth, and they filled that space beautifully. It's kind of a hard album to followso rich in substance and personal meaning. With Past Life, Picker's response was apparently to peel back the musical layers and see what remains. More

Feb 17, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

One of the most striking things about Angel Olsen's solo work to date might be the fact that she initially made her bones utilizing her enviable pipes harmonizing with Will Oldham and as one of Emmett Kelly's Cairo Gang. On her own, her songs and delivery are so cocksure that it's no small wonder how she was ever able to comparatively keep her vocal and compositional lights under bushels. More

Feb 17, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

This solo outing from White Fence member Jack Name is a concept record: a "sci-fi novella" about a world torn apart by gang wars, packed with things like oracles and "psychological warlords." More

Cibo Matto

Hotel Valentine

Chimera Music

Feb 14, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Cibo Matto break their 15-year hiatus following Stereo Type A with this return album on former member Sean Lennon's Chimera label. Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda have kept themselves busy in myriad projects during the time apart, from jazz and bossa nova to collaborations with Gorillaz, Yoko Ono, Petra Haden, and Handsome Boy Modeling School. More

Thumpers

Galore

Sub Pop

Feb 13, 2014 Music Web Exclusive

Having skirted the periphery of the music scene for a few years, British duo John Hamson Jr. and Marcus Pepperellwho first found fame as two thirds of disbanded also-rans Push Tiger Tailfound themselves at a dead end. In an effort to turn things around the pair began collaborating on new songs which took musical cues from Hamson's expansive approach to drumming and took lyrical inspiration from their lifelong friendship, the results of which form their hugely self-assured debut Galore. More