Ulver. Arca. Joey Badass. Fen.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar
I’ve been a huge fan of Ulver’s genre shifts over the years. This latest record was possibly the most unexpected change to date – to their description, they’ve released a “pop” album. I’d say it’s kinda like psychedelic 60s pop with an edge.
Album highlights: Nemoralia, Rolling Stone, Angelus Novus, Coming Home
Talk about shifts. Arca can sing? This is some dramatic opera-esque stuff. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, too. The emotional range is remarkable. I have a feeling this record will be a grower, but I don’t think I’d be remiss is declaring this Arca’s best record to date.
Album highlights: Piel, Anoche, Reverie, Desafío
Joey is extremely cerebral on this record. So much so that I worry it’s less accessible, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s going to take some time to sink in.
Album highlights: Temptation, Land of the Free, Devastated, Rockabye Baby
I think I’ve been sleeping on Fen. I mean that kinda literally, too, as I actually sleep to black metal. This is some slowly unraveled atmospheric goodness. This record is just flat out wonderful and definitely a must-listen black metal record in 2017.
Album highlights: I (Pathway), II (Pathway), V (Death)