Childhood – Lacuna
Admitting their sound isn’t necessarily groundbreaking (and admitting how abstrusely difficult that is to even achieve these days), Childhood stands as a righteously adequate group. Albeit Lacuna being their debut effort, the London-based quartet have managed to punch out some solid tracks and generate hype the good ol’ fashioned college way: through house show music videos. “Blue Velvet” (one of their aforementioned party vid releases) shows Childhood – jangly, shoegaze guitars and all – romping up a storm and utterly digging it. The topics of Lacuna are as lightweight as the smokey haze of their show’s surroundings, paralleling indefinitely with the band’s daily happenings, which include: failed flirtations, bathing in childhood nostalgia and watching television.
FaltyDL – In the Wild
The ‘DL’ in FaltyDL comes from Drew Lustman’s name, a bonafide dance producer churning out his fourth full-length record of unpredictable house mixes. Fluctuating from tunes fit to decor a ritzy art gallery (see “Some Jazz Shit” beneath) to 150-BPM mosh pit club bangers, FaltyDL has an unprecedented sporadicism that not only characterizes his work, but, for some, can be too erratic to fully intake. Needless to say, there are many branches of imaginative prowess that he offers, along with one song or another for everyone to revel in. If your first taste below from In the Wild was appealing, give the atmospheric lull of “Aquí, Port Lligat” (the album’s opening 92 seconds) a go.
FKA twigs – LP1
Call her what you want – a diva, a man-stealer, an odd duck, music’s new ‘it girl’ – whatever you fancy, but she’s a helluva talent. FKA twigs hails from Britain, first breaking into the music industry as a back-up dancer for Ed Sheeran and Jessie J’s music videos. With her real name being Tahliah Debrett Barnett, she landed on the FKA twigs pseudonym (FKA meaning Formerly Known As) and steadily established herself as a twisted, ethereal R&B artist. Others may file her under trip hop or experimental pop, although she truly sings from the underbelly of all three genres. She’s the female doppelgänger to How To Dress Well or The Weeknd. finding a voice as an artist with a bite. Despite everyone’s generalizations, her album, LP1, is more than worth your time: it’s simply must-hear material.
Also available this week:
Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
Chris Staples – American Soft
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Neon
Mirel Wagner – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day [Sub Pop]
Porter Robinson – Worlds
Sinéad O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss
Steve Aoki – Neon Future I
The Underachievers – The Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium