Album Reviews

James Pants, “Savage” review: A foray into vaporwave

Left-field funk producer James Pants came up in his native label Stones Throw on floor-forward tracks cut with a healthy dose of self-awareness. His loose collar electro-funk debut “Welcome” sounds like an (even more) irreverent LCD Soundsystem, a sly genre roast that sidles just a couple of strides closer to parody than tribute.

Waxahatchee, “Ivy Tripp” review: “Directionlessness” on a natural path

“Ivy Tripp,” the title of Katie Crutchfield’s third album as Waxahatchee, is a term she invented for “directionlessness, specifically of the twenty-something, thirty-something, forty-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents or grandparents.” The record certainly captures that, and it’s unsurprising if you’ve heard Waxahatchee before.

Sonny and the Sunsets, “Talent Night At The Ashram” review: A mixed, musical film festival

Over the last four years, Sonny and the Sunsets’ Sonny Smith has achieved the output of a scrappy Soundcloud producer. Aside from his screenplays and short stories (some featuring callbacks to his time in Denver, where he started his music career playing piano at the now-defunct Muddy Waters cafe), Smith has released seven full-length albums in the last four years.