Though an improvement on his previous solo effort, Kurt Vile's new album could have used some trimming.
Marauder offers little more than a washed-out version of post-Bright Lights Interpol.
Snail Mail's debut album is a pretty plain indie rock affair, though Lindsey Jordan's potential as a singer-songwriter is apparent.
Iceage dials down the abrasiveness and theatricality on the still pretty solid Beyondless.
Snail Mail is the indie rock solo project of Baltimore singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan. Following the promising 6-song Habit EP from a few years back, Snail Mail has released two singles ahead of her upcoming debut album, Lush, which will be out June 8 via Matador.
The newest is “Heat Wave,” which has higher production value and a much more grandiose sound than anything on Habit, which had a DIY feel. The guitar work is slightly more sophisticated but retains a rugged appeal, while the improved mixing brings Jordan’s melancholic and sentimental lyrics to the center of attention. The song is accompanied by an exciting, inspiring, and hockey-themed music video.
Snail Mail is playing numerous shows in the coming months, including opening for Japanese Breakfast and Belle and Sebastian.
Car Seat Headrest's remake of its Bandcamp classic Twin Fantasy is an improvement on all fronts.
Julien Baker's new crop of songs explores the depths of depression with a slow, burning passion.
Mark Ronson's flat production doesn't do any favors for Villains, Queens of the Stone Age's most mixed bag of tracks to date.