After a year of manic online grandstanding, the enigmatic cult of World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation turned out to be just a bunch of bros from Manchester, England. As luck would have it, the bizarre, self-spun hype preceded an excellent record: a mercurial art-rock hodgepodge of garbled group chants and inversely beautiful shadowy guitars, ramshackle and alluring in equal measure. Placid folk, world beat and angular Krautrock united in their swift-moving landscapes, all capped with the hectic messianic howls of frontman Ellery Roberts – and as he shrieked “I love you forever!” on the first track (“LYF”), it was hard not to feel stirred by his promise.
By Stephen M. Deusner on 11.19.13 in Interviews
It's difficult to believe — or hell, maybe it isn't — that every major label in Nashville rejected Brandy Clark's first album, 12 Stories. The Washington State native has written or co-written songs for Reba McEntire, Da...
By Laura Leebove on 10.15.13 in Reviews
As Lucius, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig built a following through their mesmerizing live shows and a raw, four-song 2012 EP of tender, '60s girl-group harmonies; in the last year they've played Bonnaroo and Wilco's Solid...
By Kevin O'Donnell on 09.18.13 in Reviews
Like brooding, introverted frontmen Matt Berninger of the National or even Joy Division's Ian Curtis, San Fermin's Ellis Ludwig-Leone doesn't need to do much grab hold of your attention. On the band's self-titled debut a...
By Laura Leebove on 07.17.13 in Reviews
"I don't need love to rescue me/ I'll be all that I choose to be," Laura Mvula sings on "Make Me Lovely," the second track on Sing to the Moon. The British soul singer's voice is as strong as her sentiment, augmented fur...