Album Picks: ANOHNI, Beyonce, Drake, Julianna Barwick

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2016 11:32am | Post a Comment

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

Just as the artist formerly known as Antony has chosen to go by the name ANOHNI in her personal and professional life, Hopelessness, her debut sans the Johnsons, dramatically refashions the artist’s sound world. With production by Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, ANOHNI takes her socially conscious lyrics to the world of experimental synth-pop. Read more here.



On her bold new album, Beyonce takes on the image of the wounded lover and owns it while continuing to make heartfelt, intelligent pop music of the highest order. As her previous, self-titled album was a vibrant ode to fidelity, Lemonade represents the other side of relationships. Read more here.



On Drake’s expansive new album, he gets mellower and more introspective than ever, though VIEWS’ lovely facade hides an interior marred by paranoia and self-loathing. Lines like “Pop Life’s” “I can’t trust no fuckin’ body/They still out to get me ’cause they never got me” work pathological paranoia into darkly catchy headphone tunes. Don't let critics' early woes about the album's long length deter you (sounds like a bunch of stressed folks with tight deadlines due to its sudden release IMO). It's great. Read more here.


Julianna Barwick - Will

Ambient songstress Julianna Barwick returns with another gorgeous collection of mirror halls of reverb. This time, her multitracked vocals breathe into melodies that are more indelible, confidently sitting comfortably and breaking through the clouds when necessary. Listening feels like diving for sunken treasure.

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