“How would Kendrick follow up an opus of the same calibre as To Pimp a Butterfly?” was the question on everyone’s lips upon the announcement of his new LP, DAMN. The answer? Exactly like this.
After a slew of reputable collaborations with SBTRKT, Drake, Solange and Kanye West, London pianist and soul singer Sampha Sisay explodes with a debut full-length album fusing soul, R&B, electronica and minimal piano textures. The result is nothing short of stunning.
Mark Kozelek has flown back into the indie/alt folk scene with a powerful and sprawling two-hour rumination on all things Americana. However, it’s not his best, and falters under a combination of tangential, overlong lyrical performances and painfully repetitive musical motifs.