Grizzly Bear, A$AP Ferg, UNKLE Dream In Top Albums Of The Week - August 18
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This was a week that saw musicians from all over the music landscape release new material that is bound to turn heads. From the return of indie darlings looking to reach even higher to single efforts from rap's most trending mob, today we hear a number of impressive pieces that are sure to end up on year end lists.
Grizzly Bear returned with their first album in five years, and we finds the band has grown even tighter in their time off. A$SP Ferg continued the A$AP Mob attempt to take over the end of summer.
This was certainly a week of comeback, which also saw the return of UNKLE after seven years, and the reforming of Rainer Maria after 11. Despite this, everything out this week feels fresh on the ears. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
Grizzly Bear — Painted Ruins
A lot has changed since the release of Shields back in 2012. Luckily, Grizzly Bear's ability to create sharp, melodious music has remained. On Painted Ruins, the band is more connected than they've ever been, which is a difficult achievement for a group known for seamless harmonies. On tracks like "Three Rings", drums, guitar, and vocals effortlessly build upon each other. It shouldn't be a surprise that 15 years in, this band continues to get tighter and stronger, each member is allowed to flourish on Painted Ruins and each breath of new life is complemented by the next.
A$AP Ferg — Still Striving
A$AP Mob is set to release their second studio album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy next week, and just two weeks ago A$AP Twelvyy released his debut LP, 12. In an attempt to make August all things A$AP, A$AP Ferg has delivered his new project, Still Striving. It features collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, and Meek Mill, as well as a new remix of his Remy Ma collaboration "East Coast".
Everything Everything — A Fever Dream
It's hard to believe that Everything Everything has been a band for 10 years at this point, but even after three straight U.K. top 20 albums for the group, it seems like their trajectory is pointed even more sharply up. This week the English foursome delivered A Fever Dream. It's an explosive art-pop effort that finds the band touching both hearts and minds while still managing to encourage dancing. It might just be the band's best album yet, and suggests even brighter things for the future.
UNKLE — The Road: Part 1
It has been seven long years since UNKLE released their most recent album, Where Did the Night Fall. The band is now squarely in James Lavelle's hands, which has allowed him to go in his own direction. He stated in July, "I hadn't made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn't been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London." The result is a gloomy apocalyptic record that does well by its Cormac McCarthy namesake.
Rainer Maria — S/T
Rainer Maria last released an album in 2006, and even then they were a bit past their late 90s and early 2000s heydey. But those expecting the band to be reveling in sounds from their past might be disappointed. The album, however, isn't a letdown. It is clear the members have grown in these last eleven years and the new record finds the band's new views shining. On S/T, distortion and aggression rage through the speakers demanding volume from listeners, and deserving it.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff