The Orion

Dirty Projectors’ “Super João”: Longstreth and Co. continue their EP hotstreak

The cover art for Super João EP

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 10, 2020

On “Super João”, Dirty Projectors’ eclectic style of songwriting and composition goes bossa nova while continuing their stellar 5EPs project.  The indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn has had, to put it modestly, a prolific year. Starting with their EP “Windows Open” from March, the...

Angel Olsen’s “Whole New Mess”: Distress, Recontextualized

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 4, 2020

A little over a year since the artist's last album release, American indie rockstar Angel Olsen returns with a pleasant, if not fairly stagnant reimagining of her most grandiose album to date. What was originally a lavish, dramatic expression of emotions is now presented as a vulnerable and raw show...

Tame Impala returns with the ‘The Slow Rush’

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

“Has it really been that long?” frontman Kevin Parker asks, a question that seemed to echo the thoughts of fans everywhere who, although eager for Tame Impala’s return, were still enamored by the beloved “Currents,” Tame Impala’s 2015 album. Following up an album as big as “Currents...

‘Have We Met?’ is dark, terrifying and somehow danceable

Destroyer's album cover

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Led by frontman Dan Bejar of “The New Pornographers,” Canadian band “Destroyer” turns nightmare fuel into dreamy sophisti-pop on their newest album, “Have We Met”. Drawing inspiration from “The Twilight Zone,” Edgar Allan Poe, and the soundtracks of Korean horror films, the album evokes...

Wolf Parade attempts to revive indie rock, again

Album cover of Wolf Parade's Thin Mind

Kati Morris

January 27, 2020

On their new album “Thin Mind,” Wolf Parade is as energetic as ever, bearing a comforting dose of nostalgia with a modern perspective.  Wolf Parade isn’t exactly an indie household name, but they have been releasing their brand of post-punk revival music since the early 2000s.  Their 200...

FKA Twigs brings pop from the future on ‘MAGDALENE’

Kati Morris

November 12, 2019

An eccentric, multi-faceted artist, Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs has earned a dedicated following since her 2014 debut, "LP1." Her work, often seen as genre ambiguous, experiments with trip-hop, R&B and electronic music. Now, Twigs turns emotional turmoil into triumph with the beautiful ...

‘There existed an addiction to blood’: horror meets hip-hop

Album art for

Kati Morris

October 31, 2019

In their latest concept album, rapper Daveed Diggs and producer group Clipping, comprised of William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, tap into the world of horror film tropes.Through the lens of the horror genre, Clipping analyzes racial politics like a Jordan Peele movie. The trio have become well-versed in ...

Big Thief releases second great album this year

Big Theif album art

Kati Morris

October 21, 2019

Having only been together for about four years now, Big Thief has quickly become a revered group in indie circles. Their 2017 album, “Capacity” was a landmark for the genre; an intricate and intimate folk album that tackled dark subjects with gentle attention.When Big Thief released "U.F.O....

Angel Olsen writes a masterpiece with ‘All Mirrors’

Album art from Ansel Olsen's website.

Kati Morris

October 14, 2019

Angel Olsen’s music has always been confessional. Whether she writes twangy, Americana style folk like on her 2014 debut album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" or venturing into straight-up jukebox rock ‘n’ roll, like on her 2016 album "MY WOMAN".On her fourth studio album, Olsen tak...

‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ and so is my heart

Photo by Tabatha Fireman and Getty Images.

Melissa Joseph

September 17, 2019

Comprised of 17 songs with 10 featured artists, Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is an experimental masterpiece that combines genres ranging from rock to pop and everything in between.Malone’s third studio album came as a surprise, with its sudden release and already c...

Billie Eilish debut album doesn’t mess around

Billie Eilish's debut album

Rayanne Painter

April 5, 2019

She’s dark, moody, cynical, but somehow soft. Billie Eilish isn’t your typical 17-year-old.Looming on the horizon as one of the most anticipated albums of the past few months (or years), Eilish finally released her “anti-pop” debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO ...

NAV’s new album as boring as expected

Nav's second album

Mitchell Kret

March 29, 2019

NAV released his second studio album “Bad Habits” through The Weeknd’s XO label. I could stop the article here because the album is so mundane that there's nothing that could change anyone’s mind about the artist. If someone enjoys the monotony of every other NAV project, they wi...

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