A decade after debuting on Matador, Spoon's first album Telephono and follow-up EP Soft Effects have been brought back into print by Merge, reminding us that while the band's taut rhythms, spiky guitars, and jaded urbanity have always been with them, the starkly gestural rock they perfected on later efforts was only attained by a gradual paring away of excesses.
Pop Smoke's legacy continues with posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars.... Features include Quavo, 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby & more. True to the intentions of showing the breadth of his artistry on "Got It On Me", fans will discover a new side of Pop Smoke, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he brought on a global scale.
Mondo Cozmo does not regret putting his fist through that window while crafting his second LP. In the aftermath, he learned how to “Say no,” departed amicably from the major label system, “taped a fucking pick to his cast” in order to play guitar, lost feeling in the aforementioned hand for two years, and wrote the rock ‘n’ roll record he always meant to write.
While they have sonically mastered the art of dreamy, hook-laden synth-pop, The Naked and Famous have stuck to their guns as far as intimate storytelling. Recover is largely an autobiographical record rooted in a powerful sentiment of survival, and of the very human process of self-preservation - of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.