24/30 pop synth

caroline loveglow – strawberry

The atmosphere of isolation on Loveglow’s dreampop debut LP manages to feel distinctly ‘covid-y,’ hinting that she exists entirely inside of her own world. On ‘Strawberry’, the LA singer invites us inside to an ethereal wall of luscious synths and hazy guitars that mask her longing vocals. The LP sits over you like a weighted […]

25/30 album of the week funk pop

rokia koné, jacknife lee – BAMANAN

The debut album from Les Amazones D’Afriques singer and the “Rose of Bamako,” Rokia Koné, is a high-altitude rush through blistering beats and monumental singing. Despite ‘BAMANAN’’s lofty heights, the record never feels breathless or floundering: it is a testament to the musical stamina of the players and arrangers that such an intensity aligns with […]

26/30 electronic pop revisited review

everything but the girl – walking wounded (1996)

EBTG’s ninth album crystalises love and retention in eleven tracks of drum and bass, trip-hop, and pop. Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt had one eye each on the nightclub, seemingly writing and producing with remix vultures in mind. The result is a straight, booming vignette of 90s evening-life. Thorn evokes the casual sadness of a […]

30/30 indie/alternative pop revisited review

felt – forever breathes the lonely word (1986)

Felt’s career was guided by lead singer Lawrence’s grand ideas of artistic endeavour. He wanted the band to produce 10 albums and 10 singles in 10 years and then dissolve. They did. On their sixth LP, Felt carried sensitivity through bold melodies to assemble a masterpiece of organ-pop. FBTLW is a deeply intricate attempt to […]