Legendary post-hardcore outfit Quicksand goes contemplative on its first album in 22 years, whereas the rarities assortment Phases captures Angel Olsen’s lovelorn evolution. These, plus Yung Lean within the week’s notable releases.
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Angel Olsen, Phases
Following 2016’s extremely praised My Lady, Angel Olsen returns with Phases, a group of B-sides, rarities, and demos from 2012 and on. The primary two tracks alone are well worth the worth of admission: “Fly On Your Wall” is a slow-marching heartbreaker that makes which means from unrequited love, whereas “Particular,” like My Lady’s “Sister,” stretches out slowly earlier than constructing to a wealthy climax of reverbed guitar. Olsen throws her voice round on “Candy Goals,” jangly guitars and soiled bass bringing sultry drama to those in any other case intimate, folk-inflected songs. The again half delivers extra of what one may anticipate from a rarities compilation: spare sketches and stripped-down covers (Springsteen’s “More durable Than The Relaxation” is very affecting) that match into an artist’s catalog but can’t discover a residence on a full-length.
With echoes of her different work, Phases captures the deepening of Olsen’s sound over time. She’s lovelorn and introspective all through, however each her music and lyrics have turn out to be extra complicated and prepared to wander. The compilation additionally extra absolutely paints her influences: from the lilting heartache of Patsy Cline (“Could As Properly”) to the prideful warble of Roy Orbison (“Candy Goals”). With its plaintive lyrics, Phases additional reveals that Olsen, like these venerable musicians, is a persistent reality teller, an genuine voice it doesn’t matter what model she’s working in.
RIYL: Different Angel Olsen. The Final Image Present. Having your coronary heart damaged.
Begin right here: If the mournful guitar and drums on opener “Fly On Your Wall” don’t get you, maybe its refrain—“A love by no means made remains to be mine / If solely actual in my thoughts”—will. [Laura Adamczyk]
It might take a minor miracle for Interiors to be something however Quicksand’s third-best album. The New York band launched a pair of pretty flawless post-hardcore albums in 1993 and 1995 (Slip and Manic Compression) earlier than slowly grinding to a halt by 1999. The band—whose frontman Walter Schreifels reduce his tooth in additional frenetic hardcore bands Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of At the moment—all the time felt like a extra accessible model of Fugazi, extra tuneful and barely much less confrontational. If you’re creeping up on 50, although, it’s tougher to play music that’s so essentially stuffed with younger confusion and anger. All that stated, Interiors acquits itself nicely so far as reunion albums go. Quicksand doesn’t try the blistering acrobatics of its youthful self, as an alternative getting a bit extra contemplative. That makes for a principally mid-tempo document with just a few strong standouts, together with album-opener “Illuminant” and the vibey, spacey “Cosmonauts.” It’s nonetheless the third-best Quicksand album, however the distance between it and second place isn’t almost so far as it would’ve been.
RIYL: This band from the ’90s known as Quicksand. Fugazi.
Begin right here: “Illuminant” makes the obvious strikes towards the Quicksand of previous, although by no means with fairly as a lot vitality. [Josh Modell]
Yung Lean, Stranger
Hip-hop and emo make unusual however more and more frequent bedfellows, notably within the untamed wilds of the web, the place Soundcloud Satanists like SpaceGhostPurrp proliferate and real-world monsters like XXXTentacion document heart-on-sleeve acoustic-guitar lamentations. Extra popularly, Lil Uzi Vert’s nostalgia for the current and Lil Yachty’s all-ages youth occasion have explored the place the place ostentatious confessionalism and entice manufacturing meet. The child-faced Swedish rapper Yung Lean has occupied this intensely hatable intersection for years, naming it “unhappy boy rap” and planting his flag there with mock-seriousness again within the early 2010s. Stranger is his third and possibly finest album, in that the aquatic, post-cloud rap manufacturing is uniformly good, and the bleating, preposterous lyrics are steadily delivered too slowly and blandly to devour on a cognitive stage. Decelerate and also you’ll discover nearly impressively empty koans about blowing cash, being unhappy, and getting excessive. His move is much less ostentatiously stilted than on earlier efforts, as if, now that this territory is being explored efficiently by others, he not must exaggerate his outsider standing. He floats into the vapor, drugged out and depressing, just like the album itself.
RIYL: Lil Yachty. Clams On line casino. Vaping.
Begin right here: “Crimson Backside Sky” finds Yung Lean at his most tuneful. [Clayton Purdom]
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