Monday December 2, 2013
Album: Cupid Deluxe
November 19, 2013
On his 2nd Blood Orange LP, Devonté Hynes ropes in folk from Kindness, Friends, Chairlift, and Dirty Projectors as he stages a highly-personal recreation of early-'90s pop balladry.
To get a handle on the mania that is at play on Cupid Deluxe
—Devonté Hynes' second album as Blood Orange— take a listen to "Chosen." It's a near-seven-minute epic that begins with the soft breath of woodwinds, luxuriates amidst a recreation of tacky late-'80s studio soul, stops for a spoken-word turn —in a French accent!— by Caroline Polachek
, and then slowly builds to an ecstatic, near-religious form of gospel bubblegum that seems to be summoning the spirit of Madonna's "Like a Prayer," albeit at a half-paced island time. Typed out in text, it's hard to capture the spirit of the song; which distills contrasting elements —loving kitsch, high theatricality, personal profundity— in a tune that's memorable and truly emotional; even if, at times, it feels like it's a conversation on the intersection of irony and sincerity...
Read the full review: Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe
Saturday November 30, 2013
Every year, a bunch of bands go from barely-known to well-known, coming from out of the fringes of the blogosphere to suddenly be staples of outdoor-festival stages. 2013 was —of course—
From long-earmarked, much-hyped English pop acts (Chvrches, Savages), to unexpected indie-rock upstarts (Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts (pictured!), 2013 has been boon year for plenty of alt outfits.
Casting an eye over the wacky (Mac DeMarco) and the unlikely (Waxahatchee), here's ten acts who turned the past year into their own personal coming-out party.
It's the Top 10 Breakout Bands of 2013
Photo © Ben Rayner
Saturday November 30, 2013
Like Derrick Rose, I have returned. Hopefully my MCL holds out.
Paris was a blast (of cold!), but I am now back to the grind, listening to too many albums to contemplate.
And, lo, I can already hear those Christmas bells jinglin'
—anytime I go to the supermarket— so clearly the year is ending. And, thus, prepare for 2013 to be wrapped up in list-making style.
Excited to type out the full slate of Albums of the Year. Blood Orange's Cupid Deluxe
making a late run!
And 2014 is already looming soon; starting the year with new albums by Mogwai, Warpaint, I Break Horses, Xiu Xiu, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (all before January's out!) feels like an epic beginning to '14. Here's to the awesome albums being plentiful...
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Sorry for the silence.
On my way to Paris.
Off to interview countless French actors and filmmakers; my life has been taken over by French cinema.
I'm gonna watch Luke Temple and The National and Metz play whilst I'm there, though. So the rock'n'roll will never be far from my heart.
I'll be back close to December, just in time to tie a bow on the year in indie music...