From Arca to Moor Mother to Tim Hecker to Meredith Monk, the best experimental records of the year
Marked by the exhilarating formlessness of artists like Arca, Elysia Crampton, and Lotic, this year’s vanguard electronic music resisted bite-sized, EDM-style consumption as it offered an endless malleability that spoke to our culture’s increasingly fluid sense of identity. By Philip Sherburne.
World weary rap courtesy of Vince Staples and Future. Vulnerable folk from Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. Thundercat and Kamasi Washington’s astral musings. The welcomed comebacks of Dr. Dre and Sleater-Kinney. All of that and more makes up our Top 50 albums of the year.
A collection of our favorite quotables from the interviews we did this year, including Madonna on modern loneliness, Earl Sweatshirt on proverbs, Bradford Cox on dogs, Jamie xx on (not) smoking weed, Sufjan Stevens on God, and much more.
With his new album Mutant, experimental electronic maestro Alejandro Ghersi continues to use his ever-morphing sounds to break down binaries while delving deep into the flickering limbos between healing and chaos, masculine and feminine, and beauty and the grotesque. By Philip Sherburne.
From Perfume Genius' heroic glam, to Sophie's oil-slick electronic excursions, to Young Thug's masterful weirdness, to Taylor Swift's bulletproof pop, to Future Islands' sweeping synth rock, these are our favorite tracks of the year.
This year's list includes a DIY triumph from Beyoncé, ecstatic resurrection courtesy of Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West translated via emoji, Jenny Lewis' star-studded bro-down, and a hell of a lot of awesomely weird dancing.
Our creative director Michael Renaud picks out 20 of the most visually striking record covers of the year featuring: a twisted FKA twigs, creepy baby heads, creepier plushies, St. Vincent's all-seeing overlord, bloody guts, and a Waka Flocka mask.
The records we're looking forward to most this year including: Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Beck, Joanna Newsom, Mac DeMarco, Nicki Minaj, Solange, Real Estate, Rustie, St. Vincent, Swans, and more.