By Zoey Ekren

ALBUM NAME: LP1

ARTIST/BAND: FKA twigs

GENRE: PBR&B; trip hop; electronic

English singer-songwriter, Tahliah Debrett Barnett, better known by her stage name FKA Twigs, released her debut album LP1, August 2014. Each song molds together and creates an album that can be best described as hypnotizing. This album would be close to just random noises without her encapsulating vocals.

Each song evokes a little more mystery on, who exactly is FKA Twigs? Even with her personal and revealing lyrics, the eerie tones produced through synthesizers make you feel like there may be something missing.

Her album reflects a bit of Grimes sound but still manages to set her aside from other trip pop artists. Her melancholy lyrics and breathy voice produce a sort of nostalgic feeling from the listener.

I highly recommend giving a listen to this new artist, especially to the tracks “Hours” and “Pendulum.”

 

ALBUM NAME: This Is All Yours

ARTIST/BAND: alt-J

GENRE: Indie rock; art rock; experimental rock; electronic

Who could forget when alt-J came into the music scene two years ago after releasing their debut album, An Awesome Wave, which won them the Mercury Prize?

The English indie-rock band, formed back in 2007 by Gwil Sainsbury (guitar bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals), and Thom Green (drums) released their newest album, This is All Yours on Sept. 22.

It’s been nearly two years since the band’s first striking album. In This is All Yours, every song sounds like it could be from a completely different album, but somehow, they each manage to come together.

Their first single from the album, entitled “Hunger of the Pine,” manages to incorporate a sample from Miley Cyrus’ song “4×4”.

There has been question about whether or not they could live up to the reputation from their first full album. However, this new album definitely exceeds expectations, producing even more ‘out there’ songs than An Awesome Wave did.

Every song makes you question what the meaning behind it is and how someone could even make sense of what’s going on in each song. “This Is All Yours” makes you feel like somehow you’re in an entirely different dimension.

Even with the founder of the band and bassist, Gwil Sainsbury’s announcement of departure from the band just days before new recordings were set to take place, you hardly miss him because of the remaining three talented band members.

This highly anticipated album does not disappoint in the slightest. I highly recommend giving it a listen, with emphasis on the songs “Bloodflood pt. II” and “Hunger of the Pine.”