- We are living in a time when the environment is in dire straits, and without human intervention things are looking pretty grim. So fair play to Baltimore experimentalists Animal Collective for addressing that on their latest, an audiovisual album that deals with the rapidly diminishing world of beautiful, organically-psychedelic aquascapes (released, fittingly, to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef). Described as “the sight and sound of a literal underwater collective of animals”, this is a beguiling, mesmerising release that’s every bit as expansive and quietly enrapturing as the secret world it soundtracks.
- Though Ben Gibbard’s band has been around since 1997, many a millennial’s Death Cab For Cutie journey started circa 2003 with a little show called The OC (other members of the Seth Cohen fanclub, we see you). Back then they were a group speaking to youthful angst and romances, but over time the subject-matter matured, covering the disintegration of relationships: be that friendships or, indeed, a marriage. On the Washington group’s ninth release, things are a little more uplifting, while just as evidently showing that sense of growth. Thank You For Today is heartbreaking but comforting, dealing with rebuilding in the aftermath of divorce - all while retaining the propulsive but woozily immersive musicality that has long since endeared people to Death Cab.