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The Julie Ruin
The riot grrrl spirit is alive and well with Kathleen Hanna’s latest work. The Julie Ruin’s first album as a band is less a nostalgia trip and more so a distillation of what made the third-wave feminist movement so important and culturally resounding. Drawing on the band members’ lineage of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and other influential punk bands, the new music pushes feeling to the forefront. Hanna will make your brain quiver while you dance.
The Bones of What You Believe
Sugary and complex, the Scottish trio's debut album is a nonstop party. Singer Lauren Mayberry holds down the band's swell of music with care and precision and a damn fine voice. “Lies” offers a great example of what they do best: the art of the chugging, hook-laden pop tune. Likewise, Martin Doherty jumps on vocals on "Under the Tide," which offers a more reserved sound while still maintaining that danceable vibe.
Sounding at times more like a vibrant ecosystem than an arrangement of beats, the songs that fill out FKA twigs’ latest offering do more to advance electronic music than most other material released this year. The clockwork crocodile rhythms of “How’s That” introduce the listener to a humming, buzzing world of blood flow and growth. And the halfway-nightmarish vocals of “Ultraviolet,” when they’re not delivering chills to your brainstem, present the appropriate contrast to twigs’ often lushly alluring singing voice.
Mountains Beaches Cities
Perfect for both the heady atmosphere of the stage and the internalized lushness of headphones on an autumn walk in the woods, Moon Taxi has dropped another terrific album. This latest outing is a bit poppier than previous efforts (Cabaret being the high-water mark for now), but the band still hits on its refreshing blend of psychedelia and pure emotion. For instance, the bulk of “Morocco” is just a straight-up catchy bastard of a tune, but the bridge on the back-end reels in the band’s jammier tendencies for a hot minute. If the band is looking to be bigger than ever before, this should be the album that’ll get them there.
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