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10 Best Albums of 2015

Here are our picks for the best albums of 2015: 10. Lana Del Rey — Honeymoon Dramatically toning down the gritty sound of her previous album, Ultraviolence (2014), in favour of a more layered, ethereal, and timeless aesthetic, Lana Del Rey—one of pop music’s most divisive artist—takes the listener on an exquisite journey of love,… Keep Reading

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The best albums of 2015 (so far)

15. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl Full of surprises, Jenny Hval’s fifth studio album delves into territory that her previous work had avoided entirely. It pushes boundaries, with noisy interludes and sharp melodies that are so well crafted it’s impossible to take all the musical arrangements in with one listen. It’s weird, wonderful, and one… Keep Reading

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The best songs of 2015 (so far)

Here's our list of the best songs of 2015 so far: 15. Jessica Pratt – “Games That I Play” “People’s faces blend together like a watercolour you can’t remember,” sings Jessica Pratt. It’s one of the most beautifully-crafted lines written this year, and holds more weight than the combination of the Los Angeles-native’s pop contemporaries’… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Asthmatic Kitty Records recently gave us an initial glimpse of Sufjan Stevens’ seventh studio album, Carrie and Lowell, by releasing YouTube videos for his new tracks “Should Have Known Better” and “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross.” The former is a montage of extended still camera shots that depict a rocky beach shore,… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Mellow and meditative

Weightless Artist: Marconi Union  Album: Single Released: October 16, 2011   In 2011, with the help of professional sound therapists, the British artist Marconi Union purposely crafted the most relaxing song of all time. The eight-minute ambient track is a conglomerate of perfectly calculated harmonic intervals, designed to induce a calming euphoria. The continuous pulsing… Keep Reading

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Deep cuts – The 10-minute club

“Street Hassle” Length: 11:00 Artist: Lou Reed Album: Street Hassle Released: February, 1978 “Street Hassle” is without a doubt the standout track on the album that bears its name, and perhaps one of Lou Reed’s best, period. It is split into three distinct parts that tell three different stories. The first is about a woman… Keep Reading

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Pop Rhetoric: Musical mutability

A couple of weeks ago, Sufjan Stevens announced that he will be releasing a new album in late March called Carrie & Lowell. The album will be his first studio release—not including Christmas albums—since 2010’s The Age of Adz. The news came shortly after Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse announced new albums of… Keep Reading

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Deep Cuts: Songs that Give you the Creeps

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Artist: Nancy Sinatra Album: How Does That Grab You? Released: January 1, 1966      Originally written by Sonny Bono and recorded by Cher, this song has been covered by a number of great artists since then, but no version is quite so captivating—and unsettling—as Nancy Sinatra’s. Her… Keep Reading

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