September 02016 on Audioxide

01.10.02016


Wake up, September has ended! Our typical summer slump limited us as far as articles are concerned (we didn’t write any), but the albums we reviewed did a serviceable job of filling our time and thoughts. We began with a retrospective, surfing the Frank Ocean wave back to Channel Orange. Pretty good, for pop. The three other works were all new on the scene. Fresh servings from M.I.A., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and Preoccupations baffled, sobered, and satisfied respectively. Cave’s Skeleton Tree was the standout record of the month, a real brooder. So check out what we thought! Or don’t. You don’t have to.

 

ALBUM REVIEWS


September 7th

FRANK OCEAN // CHANNEL ORANGE

“Channel Orange represents personal freedom, and it’s a liberation that Ocean experiences as an artist as well as a man. It smoothly shifts from ’90s R&B to psychedelic funk, and pretty much everything else on the way as Ocean displays great skill and confidence as a songwriter.

Read the review here

September 14TH

M.I.A. // AIM

If any generalisation can be made about AIM, it’s that it’s splintered. Almost every song comes across like a hodgepodge of undeveloped ideas mixed in a megablender with no lid.

Read the review here

September 21st

Nick Cave & the Bad seeds // Skeleton Tree

Tension lingers in each song, and never threatens to vacate until the closing number. The record is defined by its desolate atmosphere, underlined by instrumentals that feature elements of ambient and drone music.

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September 28th

Preoccupations // preoccupations

It’s an intensely focused musical space, guided by a vocal delivery that seems simultaneously lethargic and passionate. Combined with the band’s rhythmic mauling, Matt Flegal’s harrowing snarls can feel fairly unsettling, capturing an intriguing space that evokes both Ian Curtis and Michael Gira.

Read the review here

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