I have a theory that the worst two-week stretch on the music discourse calendar occurs in early February, when there’s the double-shot of overanalyzing the Grammys and overanalyzing the Super Bowl halftime show. On this week’s Indiecast, Ian Cohen and I tried to make sense of the “Rihanna was just okay, but on purpose” conversation, as well as the buzz about U2’s upcoming residency in Las Vegas.
In the meat of the episode, we reviewed two recent releases — the first is This Is Why, the first album in six years from the venerable emo-pop institution Paramore. In recent years, the band’s aughts-era music has been an obvious influence on a range of pop and rock acts. But on the new LP, Hayley Williams and co. attempt to pivot away from their traditional sound toward a more post-punk type vibe. Do they pull it off? Let’s talk it out.
The second album is Desire, I Want To Turn Into You, the latest from singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek. The album already has serious “Album Of The Year” vibes — yes, we’re already talking about this stuff in February — so why is it also reminiscent of Oscar bait films or prestige TV?
In our Recommendation Corner segment, Steve suggests checking out The Future Is Our Past, the new album by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while Ian talks about the new EP from shoegaze band Crushed, Extra Life.
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