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Okay Kaya illustrates adolescence and self improvement on ‘Baby Little Tween’

It’s almost a shame, but to make music like Okay Kaya you have to be as glamorous as she is; a Cool Modern Woman: self-aware, a bit sad, beautiful. On Baby Little Tween she asks: Where are we without our adolescence? Do those feelings ever leave us, or are we wedded and weighted with flotsam of worry and […]

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Bill Callahan’s ‘If You Could Touch Her At All’ lacks resonance

Men with guitars. The standard can be so high. Messiahs of sex, of cool, their levels of influence are biblical. But then, Cohen and Dylan didn’t shout when other men, in suits too big for them, started up with harmonicas and shaky speak-singing. The soft spot for men with jangling guitars to sing about love […]

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Rosalía’s ‘A Palé’ sees her rising to new heights

Content warning: sexual imagery Rosalía’s 2018 album El Mal Querer provided a sexy, jerking sound, much craved and thus fiendishly devoured at the feast of pop. Bland and tired attempts at Spanish-ish songs permeate this banquet, so Rosalia’s contribution was exciting, crisp, her moaning voice on ‘Malamente’, pushing words deep into a red, purple pool […]

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Juana Molina release entrancing EP ‘Forfun’

In Juana Molina’s first version of Paraguaya, someone is holding the corner of a silk, black dress, and then walking along the length of a polished old table, wooden, turning around and twisting, the fabric twists and folds around the spinning body. The movements are not fast, but sharp, planned, a scheme more than a […]

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FKA Twigs releases biblical ‘home with you’

Women are of service to others, to men, to their bodies. They are repairing, devoting, they are punished. Rarely can we articulate this, be all of these things at once and angry too, but FKA Twigs in ‘home with you’ comes close. She hymns, and there is such heavenly, hurting pain in the phrase “if […]

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Cate le Bon is mesmerising on new track ‘Secretary’

This time of year, the slow transition from the end of the summer to the mossy depths of autumn is so closing and dull, a time for recovery, recuperation, nesting. The sweating, panting hours of summer are in a memory, and the greens and blues of autumn land. Cate le Bon and Bradford Cox’s ‘Secretary’ […]

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Travis Scott releases ‘HIGHEST IN THE ROOM’

Travis Scott is God; cloud surfing, Kylie Jenner his holy Queen, their Calabasas cupid in her arms. It’s all plastic, they’ve broken up anyways and their separation is the PR companion to his single ‘HIGHEST IN THE ROOM’. The song begins, a spindling flute shakes up to the sky, really fragile and quivering, it reaches him. And a waving and rolling belly string takes […]

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DJ Shadow shares new single, ‘Rosie’

DJ Shadow’s latest single ‘Rosie’ takes place on a suburban high street. There’s a placid quietness and then, with no distant sound approaching and completely out of nowhere, an all-male marching band stomp and bark down the road. Some are topless, some growl down from a trailer attached to a truck. A teenage boy, maybe […]