Billed as primer for the Chicago quartet Disappears’
fourth full-length, to be released later this year, the freshly minted
three-song EP Kone is a hypnotic dose of psyched-out Post Punk, an ominous soundtrack to a world that seems as dangerous and disturbing as ever.
Billy Bragg has been proffering his brand of topical Folk
Rock for more than 30 years now.
Curiously, Bragg’s first album in five years, Tooth & Nail,
is a wistful, less politically inclined affair anchored by the tasteful
production work of Joe Henry.
Beach House’s gauzy head-trips are marked
by the hypnotic voice of frontlady Victoria Legrand. Within the band’s
recorded output — which is now at four increasingly ear-pleasing albums
after the release of 2012’s Bloom, its second for SubPop
— Legrand comes off as an otherworldly figure, an ethereal being who
emits dreamy, mood-altering songs rife with ambiguous lyrics and enough
atmosphere to fill a Terrence Malick triple-bill.