The OOZ, King Krule

By Logan Rude, Concerts Editor SCORE: 9.2 Wisdom and pain permeate The OOZ like cigarette smoke in a 1950s jazz club. King Krule’s second album, released after a four-year hiatus, brings the hallmarks from 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon to new levels of intimacy. Tainted by love and loneliness, The OOZ is King Krule at his most vulnerable. He spends the duration of the … Continue reading The OOZ, King Krule

Willowbank, Yumi Zouma

By Mitchell Rose, Staff Writer SCORE: 5.4 Step 1: Find Yumi Zouma’s new album Willowbank Step 2: Press play Step 3: Begin uncontrollable foot tapping. Electropop group Yumi Zouma wastes no time on their new album. All the introduction needs is a single snare hit before the irresistibly smooth melody of “Depths (Pt. 1) takes over. In case your ankle wasn’t sore after the workout … Continue reading Willowbank, Yumi Zouma

Seven Days, PARTYNEXTDOOR

By Deeba Abrishamchi, Staff Writer SCORE: 6.8 R&B luminary PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised the public with a seven-song project after teasing on social media. Known for his smooth vocals and sensual sound, the OVO prodigy takes musical risks and tests new waters on Seven Days. Do not overlook the title, though, as it’s not arbitrary: PND wrote and recorded the entire project over the course of seven … Continue reading Seven Days, PARTYNEXTDOOR

Ash, Ibeyi

By Christian Zimonick, Staff Writer SCORE: 6.7 Ash, the newest album from art-pop duo Ibeyi, offers a variety of sounds. However, all in all, it is a bit too shapeless to truly be sonically compelling. Spartan beats are typical of Ibeyi, which keep time without taking anything away from the vocals of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, of whom Ibeyi is composed. These beats are certainly … Continue reading Ash, Ibeyi

Half Light, Rostam

By Nimish Sarin, Contributing Writer SCORE: 7.6 Former Vampire Weekend mate, Rostam Batmanglij, or Rostam, is a first generation Iranian immigrant who openly talks about his sexual orientation on his latest release, Half Light . If that’s not enough to get you to listen to his debut solo album, let it be known that he produced “Ivy” for Frank Ocean’s scintillating 2016 release Blonde, Solange’s … Continue reading Half Light, Rostam