Artist: Cate Le Bon
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Welsh singer Cate Le Bon sings ethereally over lush arrangements in her newest collection of art pop. The reviews are good but it doesn’t resonate much with me. Typically, quiet and minimalist music appeals to me, but this album just feels, well … boring. I hate giving a bad review, so don’t take my word for it, and see if it is more Reward-ing for you.
Album: i can feel you creep into my private life
Release Date: 2018 January 19
tUnE-YaRdS, once Merrill Garbus’ musical project is now officially a duo including bassist and co-songwriter Nate Brenner. Like earlier recordings, i can feel you creep into my private life is heavy on samples, loops, and beats with even more emphasis a club dance music sound. Always a political group, tUnE-YaRdS sees the personal is political as the lyrics examine racism, white privilege, and cultural appropriation (apropos to white people who use African, Latin, and Native American rhythms in their music). The message can be heavy handed at time and fails to truly transcend the way the music does.
Release Date: 15 September 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Bike Dream” and “Don’t Let It Get To You”
Thoughts: Half-Light is the solo album debut for Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend. Like his former band’s recordings, the music here incorporates World Music sounds ranging from reggae to Brazilian Batucada to Indian raga, with layered musical effects and Rostam’s tenor rising above it all. I have kind of mixed feelings, about the album although I warmed to it on repeated listens, but I still feel he’s trying too hard as a producer to make “art” losing himself in the process.