Remo Drive – Yer Killin’ Me
Emo is a genre built on honesty and the expression of raw emotion but somewhere along the way, this mantra has diluted with pretentious lyrics and gutless playing. Remo Drive brings the reality back into Emo with booming guitar work and colourful, melancholic lyrics. Honestly, it doesn’t get more real than the song’s opening line, “I don’t wanna fuckin’ be here anymore”, and the ensuing cathartic release of sound is only going to continue pricking up the ears of sadboys worldwide.
Rich Chigga – Glow Like That
Opting to take the reverse career trajectory of many up and coming rappers these days, Rich Chigga initially started out as a joke but has grown to become one of the most consistent rappers going. “Glow Like That” isn’t the abrasive banger we’ve come to expect from Chigga but a respectable Trap ballad that finds success with an earworm hook and glossy production. Chigga’s ode to an ex-lover is commendably dignified but doesn’t neglect the goofy charisma that makes him a growing enigma in the Hip-Hop game.
Chelsea Wolfe – 16 Psyche
Chelsea Wolfe has always skirted the edges of Metal with her haunting Goth-Folk sound for years now but with the approaching release of “Hiss Spun” it seems she has finally dove into the genre headfirst. The resulting leadoff single is one of the most instantly engaging things she’s ever released, combining the creeping dread of her previous material with crushing guitars courtesy of producer Kurt Ballou and Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen.
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Pretentious, self-important, boring, sanctimonious. A lot has been said of Josh Tillman’s divergence into politics and existentialism on his latest album that clearly rubbed many people the wrong way. Admittedly, I also found it a bit hard to stomach at first, the wandering compositions and relatively dense lyricism make for a challenging listen. Even the most intellectually unprepared listener can lay back and enjoy the title track though, a rousing piano ballad unafraid to laugh in the face of the entire human condition.
Arca – Reverie
So much of Arca’s Self-Titled 2017 album radiates with a kind of grief and pain that breaks through the language barrier and hits you right in the gut. When translated, the lyrics to “Reverie” seem innocent enough, sampling lines from the Venezuelan folk song “Caballo Viejo” to paint a picture of love and longing. But god damn when the outro hits with its wailing distorted vocals, the line “Love me once again, if you dare” takes on a much more sinister tone.