February 17, 2015

The New Music Tuesday 3 for February 17, 2015

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too LateDrake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake has jumped on the release an album by surprise bandwagon with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.  Unlike Beyoncé’s and D’Angelo’s big, blown out surprise albums, however, IYRTITL is really more of a mixtape than a studio album and finds Drake at his most stripped down and emo.  Most of the album is just Drake rapping over spare beats (primarily from Boi-1da, but Noah “40” Shebib is obviously here, too), with only the occasional feature from the likes of Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR.  Essentially, IYRTITL is an album chock full of the most divisive aspects of Drake’s music, so if you’re already a fan you’ll love it, but if you aren’t it’s best to skip this one.

Grooms - Comb the Feelings Through Your HairGrooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

New York City’s Grooms make lo-fi post punk that is obviously inspired by shoegaze bands and other 90s artists.  Where their fore bearers bent the music into new and interesting shapes, however, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair is relatively straight forward.  The album is an enjoyable listen so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing (the Sonic Youth lite “Doctor M” is particularly good), but absent a change in direction it means Grooms will remain where they are: A great opening band, making solid tunes, but not rising to headliner status.

Ibeyi - IbeyiIbeyi – Ibeyi

Twin sisters born in Cuba, but based in Paris, Ibeyi are a percussion, piano, and layered vocal (in English, French, Spanish, and Yoruba) based experimental pop duo.  Ibeyi is their debut full length, and it is gorgeous.  Whether uptempo on the vaguely trip hop sounding “Stranger/Lover”, or slowed down and plaintive on “Behind the Curtain”, Ibeyi’s voices alternate solos and harmonies (in a vaguely CocoRosie manner), to create a stunningly beautiful album that deserves to be heard.

Filed under Experimental, Hip Hop, New Music Tuesday, Pop, Post Punk, Rap, Rock