Editor’s Pick of The Week – May 18, 2018
Danish Chaudhary · May 22, 2018 · 1 Minute Read
Every Friday, hundreds of new songs reach the world’s ears for the first time. Our editors handpick the very best and update this playlist weekly.
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This week we received full-length albums from Courtney Barnett, Paul Kalkbrenner, Skee Mask, Ryley Walker, Uniting of Opposites, Mary Lattimore, Gazpacho, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Parquet Courts & Ric Wilson.
Below, we dive into a track-by-track review of the tunes that stood out.
German producer Brian Müller has readily created a niche with this lambently danceable record. The synths are very tightly placed alongside heavily analog-inspired tones swirling to and fro between Ambient and Techno. This album is filled with that genuine sound of Skee Mask, which essentially unravels a very lively side of Electronic music. Pitchfork has already added this to their list of the Best Dance Records of the Year.
One of the most profound voices of Indie music – Courtney Barnett. This album has a new-found directness for Courtney, a muscularity to the instrumentation, a tenderness in her voice and a boldness to the lyrics. Whereas once she examined the world through the prism of self-analysis, this record shifts that focus to those she interacts with – the good ones, the bad ones, the loved ones. Those she knows intimately and those who are strangers.
Uniting of Opposites is the new musical venture from Tim Liken, Clem Alford and Ben Hazleton. ‘Ancient Lights’ brings to life a melting pot of cultures and inspiration; using new technology as an opportunity to explore and merge aspects from across the musical spectrum. This is a very serene sounding record, yet also a very delicately produced record.
This is a beautiful electronic album filled with the signature long wave synthetic style of Paul Kalkbrenner. Parts Of Life is the eighth LP for the German producer and the first since 2015’s 7. The album is inspired by his early teenage influences in electronic music and the cover art is a painting from his uncle, Paul Eisel.