Plenty of music to get through in the past couple weeks, and multiple in this edition that are currently among my favorites of the year so far. Notably missing is the new Public Enemy, Nothing is Quick in the Desert, which is not available on Spotify. The album is available to stream or download for free on their bandcamp page, and it is excellent.
Algiers has something plenty special about them, but there is no way around the fact that one thing stands out… that voice. Franklin James Fisher’s soaring, soulful vocals are at the forefront of the listener’s experience. Even when you try and listen to other aspects, his voice effects how you hear it. It’s haunting in the best way possible, and he manages to keep them recognizable as they shift through a wide range of styles.
The bold, hard-hitting message of Propaganda was a standout find this week. Crooked starts in immediately with cutting and critical, Crooked Ways, and keeps hitting on the same themes of cultural and political divides throughout. It has a dark feel that suits the subject matter, but still somehow maintains determined, grit-your-teeth hopefulness. I highly recommend this one.
Other highpoints this week include Making Movies, John Van Deusen, Rosi Golan, Bocafloja, Manchester Orchestra, and Roger Waters.
Until next time,