These are some of my favorite singles for the week of 7/21/17!
Avey Tare's Eucalyptus is mostly a mix of sounds missing a core theme or idea to bring it all together. It's not an unpleasant listen, but it's shallow and presents few new ideas.
Tyler the Creator's new album is focused around the idea of growth and change. It's packed full of great production, diverse flows, and quality storytelling and it shows that Tyler demands respect in the hip-hop world of 2017.
Japanese Breakfast's new album is a wonderfully cohesive dream-pop album - I only wish it was a little more developed.
Mura Masa's debut self-titled album is a promising debut with some standout tracks, but it falls off in the second half.
Ween's The Mollusk is the perfect "meta" album. It understands what music is and what it is intended to do. It plays with these ideas while managing to still be incredibly listenable.
Run the Jewels' debut self-titled album is a mix of hip-hop and EDM that is full of high energy instrumentals, great wordplay, and unique and diverse flows.
My Bloody Valentine's Loveless is a universal shoegaze favorite. For me, it represents safety, childhood, and love.
Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West is an Indie Rock classic and an all-time favorite album for me. It remains difficult to pick this album apart and discuss what is so perfect about it and it is best explored individually and all at once.
Kendrick Lamar's good kid m.A.A.d city could be the best West Coast Hip Hop album of all time.