Crystal Castles, Pill, DJ Earl Shine In Top Albums Of The Week - August 13-19
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:50:38
It's been a wild week for new albums - and we're not just talking about Frank Ocean's visual album. Dolly Parton is back with her 43rd full-length studio record, Pure & Simple, and it's a picture-perfect look at her entire career. Kiefer Sutherland has been through some s***, and we aren't talking about his stint as Jack Bauer. Down In a Hole is the kind of rock country you would expect from a longtime, hard knocks, country singer and it seems that's exactly what he is.
Sumach Ecks, a.k.a. Gonjasufi, unveiled his newest album Callus. Thomas Fec, a.k.a. Tobacco, unveiled his fourth album Sweatbox Dynasty. Lydia Loveless' Real is brutal alt-country, the kind that you'll remember for its slow-burning honesty and adventure. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with intriguing new albums.
Here are our favorites:
Crystal Castles - AMNESTY (I) - Fiction
Alice Glass may have departed Crystal Castles, but new singer Edith Francis is no slouch. AMNESTY (I) is as wild as anything in Castles' catalogue to date, and may be their most progressive and enduring record yet.
Frank Ocean - EndlessCheck it out here.
Well, well, well, Frank Ocean finally released something. While Endless might not be an album in the traditional sense, we are just happy to get new material, and it helps that it's pretty darn good.
Pill - Convenience - Mexican Summer
The Brooklyn no-wave punks' Convenience is sharp and political. The band seems to have found themselves in the chaos and their undefinable nature makes them even more interesting.
DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes - Teklife
Teklife member DJ Earl teams up with Oneothrix Point Never on Open Your Eyes. Footwork, as a genre, seems to be growing through a bit of a renaissance, opening itself up to musical expression, and Open Your Eyes is as good an example of that as any.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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