Fiona Apple’s fifth album ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ is strange and exceptional art for strange and exceptional times.
Drawing on pop, post-punk, grunge and jazz, Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen miraculously make their influences cohere on their first Sorry album ‘925’.
Reflecting on age, wisdom and femininity, Laura Marling’s seventh album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ manages to be both mannered and uncompromising.
The first new Strokes album in seven years, ‘The New Abnormal’ is a bold but only partly successful departure from expectations and previous form.
Richard Russell’s second Everything Is Recorded project ‘Friday Forever’ is less consistent than his first, but has plenty of satisfying highlights and collaborations.
Lorely Rodriguez bounces back with her third album ‘I’m Your Empress Of’, more expressive and personal than her previous works.
On second album ‘Viscerals’, stoner metal outfit Pigs x7 condense their artistry into smaller chunks but lose none of their artistry or intensity.
Stephen Bruner’s third Thundercat album ‘It Is What It Is’ is enormous fun and projects a message of acceptance, of living in the moment.
Smudgier and warmer than their chiselled predecessors, Purity Ring’s third album ‘Womb’ is a fine addition to their catalogue.
The accomplished ‘Auto-Pain’ sees Chicago post-punk outfit Deeper discover the ability to express themselves with an even greater range of emotions and sounds.