Articles by Valerie E. Polichar
At its best, Sincere Insanity sews disparate sounds into a circle, bringing the listener back to themselves, as if to say — either about Often the Thinker or about any of us — “I contain multitudes”.
With I Want You to Have This, Taco Johnathan takes the punk genre by the throat and slyly subverts it.
Masterful, compelling progressive rock.
Compelling, exuberant funk… a sunny, silly ride.
Tight licks, haunting halls of sound, and percussion that propels.
Cool all over: the latest album from Beauty in Chaos is their strongest and most consistent to date.
Beautifully shadowy and complex, the superb Uspeh leaves the listener with a fierce sense of longing for something always just out of reach.
Bright-colored, catchy ‘80s-style pop with some seriously standout tracks
A welcome ambient companion on long winter nights.
A sunny summer jangle-pop playlist drenched in ‘60s and ‘70s nostalgia.
Simple but elegant neoclassical piano offers lovely company – but it could have been much more.
Mind-altering, disturbing auditory-noise brilliance from the creators of Blue Tapes.
In a rare live show, Whale Fall displays their mastery of instrumental post-rock.
A superbly crafted, rich and varied sonic journey.
Compelling indigenous hip-hop with dazzling musical breadth and political punch
Hotter-than-Aruba vocals against a darkwave throb of ‘80s synth lines, imperfectly engineered but nonetheless intoxicating.
Indie-rock sweetness — the result of two years of seclusion — offers up bleak reality wrapped in a rich blanket of enveloping guitar.
A catchy package of harmony-centric power/dream pop featuring full-cream layered vocals and instrumentation.
Listenable, likeable melodic prog— bumpy, but promising — from the guitar player behind The Room Colored Charlatan
Evocative, surprisingly rich glitch-ambient electronica from a meticulous artist.