Stream of the Crop: 8 New Albums for Heavy Rotation 5/6

A marquee week for indie rock has new records from Mac DeMarco, Black Lips, and Cayetana.
May 6, 2017, 6:25pm

Mac DeMarco This Old Dog

Black Lips Satan's graffiti or God's art?

Alex Robert Ross, Black Lips Are Back with a Howl

Cayetana New Kind of Normal

Throughout New Kind Of Normal, [lead singer Augusta] Koch opens up about her struggles with mental health, and her work to find a peace within herself. Songs like "Am I Dead Yet?" and "Bus Ticket" see her at her most vulnerable, and the band at its most dynamic. Here, Cayetana doesn't sound like three friends playing music, it sounds like one massive force. Across the albums 12 songs,, the band is still dealing in bouncy pop songs, but they've got the forward momentum and combustive urgency of punk, with Koch's unmistakable rasp making every song feel like a life-or-death statement. Both musically and on the business-side, Cayetana stands as a singular unit, unencumbered by what they should be doing, and instead just trying to have as much fun as possible.

David Anthony, Cayetana Hits Reset

Pond The Weather

Tshepo Mokoena, Pond Really Don't Care If You Compare Them to Tame Impala

Brother Ali All The Beauty in This Whole Life

Slowdive Slowdive

Perfume Genius No Shape

At The Drive-In in•ter a•li•a

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