ALBUM REVIEW Alt-J Relaxer [Infectious Music, 2017] Styles: Semi-experimental, digital folk rock, English, Irish and American folk, progressive. Mercury Prize-winning trio alt-J is back, and things are getting weird. The bands third full-length studio album, Relaxer, refuses to conform to any expectations from devoted fans and sceptics. Relaxer is American, Irish and American digital folk rock as much as it is semi-experimental, progressive and seriously nerdy; the teaser for the opening track “3WW” was written in binary code.
ALBUM REVIEW Booka Shade - Galvany Street [Blaufield Music; 2017] Styles: electro, pop, ambient, techno, funk. The big news this spring was Booka Shades return. The Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier claims Galavany Street marks a new beginning of a comprehensive sound and “new feel”. One may recognise some up-beat tempo throughout the album, but little of its components are similar to anything previously produced by Booka Shade.
ALBUM REVIEW Sun Kil Moon: Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood [Rough Trade; 2017] Styles: southern gothic, political, introspective, dark, instrumental, indie, folk. Sun Kil Moon’s eight-studio album has already become the talk of the town in the industry. The double album is the project of Mark Kozelek and ex-Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and was highly anticipated. Common As Light and Are Red Valleys of Blood is about “events from January to August of 2016 and how Mark processed it all while traveling” (Rough Trade).