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Galantis, Intimacy Machine

by Lucas Fagen on August 30, 2015

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A cascading synthesizer shimmers as a nondescript female voice starts whispering various stock phrases. The melody builds a little, there’s a brief pause, then the singer becomes a chipmunk and the synthesizers start blocking out the beat.

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Kacey Musgraves, Ouroboros 

by Lucas Fagen on August 22, 2015

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“I ain’t pageant material,” declares country songbird Kacey Musgraves on the title track to her new album, but the song’s too pretty, too demure, too well-mannered.

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From chirpy beginning to gloomy end, the new Sun Kil Moon album portrays a man in love with the concrete noun.

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RuPaul’s Electronic Drag Music

by Lucas Fagen on July 19, 2015

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RuPaul is a gifted musician whose work gets overlooked by critics partially because of his considerable television presence hosting The RuPaul Show and RuPaul’s Drag Race, partially because of his exclusive appeal to a specialized niche market.

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Phonetic Yeetcraft

by Lucas Fagen on June 27, 2015

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Anybody who can parse two consecutive words on the new Young Thug record should pursue a career in speech therapy.

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The Real Real

by Lucas Fagen on June 20, 2015

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Kendrick Lamar may not be the Best Rapper Alive, but except for a few thesaurus users from the hip-hop underground he may very well be the most intellectual.

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Since August 2013, the British techno label PC Music has been regularly releasing a large number of definitely strange, possibly satiric, stunningly original songs online.

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Josh Groban, Canary

by Lucas Fagen on May 24, 2015

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Let’s take a moment to examine Josh Groban’s voice, shall we?

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Still Chill

by Lucas Fagen on April 25, 2015

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Remember when chillwave was considered a genre? Remember when a select number of elite, unrelated, alternative-identified musicians making slow, synthy loungetronica were considered the future of Western civilization?

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The late composer Robert Ashley (1930–2014) produced some of the most difficult music of the 20th century — and now also of the 21st.

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