Posts By Chal Ravens

Visible Cloaks: Lex

Augmenting electro-acoustic fusions with speech synthesis and language translation software, Visible Cloaks invoke mystifying new form of dialects and communication on their mini-LP.

James Holden and the Animal Spirits: The Animal Spirits

Electronic producer James Holden has remade himself into a bandleader on his new album—a collection of self-described “folk-trance” recorded with improv ensemble the Animal Spirits.

John Maus: Screen Memories

The latest collection from synth-pop retrofuturist and punk intellectual John Maus contains grander, darker songs than his previous albums. It’s a thrill to encounter his singular voice.

Colleen: A flame my love, a frequency

French artist Cécile Schott wrote her new LP as Colleen—an electronic reflection on mortality—in the wake of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Despite the heavy themes, her sound is lighter than ever.

Lindstrøm: It’s Alright Between Us as It Is

The Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm’s latest solo full-length feels breezily noncommittal. Each experiment—including a spoken word piece by Jenny Hval—dissolves into the next.

The Horrors: V

On their fifth album, the Horrors retool their formula for retro-leaning, riff-laden arena rock in an attempt to reconnect with the “unsettling” spirit of their garage-rock roots.

Cut Copy: Haiku From Zero

The Australian band’s reverence for reference is part of their allure and their fifth album sticks to the tried-and-true pop formulas of the past.

Cut Copy: Haiku From Zero

The Australian band’s reverence for reference is part of their allure and their fifth album sticks to the tried-and-true pop formulas of the past.