Category: new music


I listened to Sharon Van Etten for the first time in 2019. As usual with my new discoveries, she is hardly new. She’s had a ten year career and Remind Me Tomorrow is her fifth album. It’s a fine time for intimate singer-songwriters, so that … Continue reading Stay


A new breakout star for the new year, I give you, Pronoun. Her web-search proof name belies her appealing electropop sound. I keep waiting for the tides to turn against this kind of effervescent synth-pop music, but the genre has proven surprisingly durable, and still … Continue reading Stay

The Static Age

When I’m browsing new releases trying to discover new artists, I’m at the point where I’ve starting to skip past records described as “indie rock” or, God help us, anything “alternative”. Because those descriptors have been so abundantly overused since the 90’s, they practically have … Continue reading The Static Age


Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors was one of the highlights of last year. Olsen pretty much never disappoints. Every few years she comes out with a deeper, richer record that the last, both in music and in writing. Angel Olsen makes the kind of records that … Continue reading Spring


Mark Ronson is a superproducer known for having a hand in some of the most memorable records of the past 20 years. (He helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Adele, among other luminaries.) His work as a solo artist hasn’t made … Continue reading Spinning


Here’s a band I’ve never heard of before. Hot Chip formed in 2000, and I’ve never heard of them in all of that time. Apparently, though, their album A Bathfull of Ecstasy was one of the most acclaimed records of 2019, at least in the … Continue reading Spell