The Story Behind Every Song On Sudan Archives’ New Album Athena

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Sudan-Archives-AthenaOver the years, Brittney Parks has undergone her own personal apotheosis. It all started with the fiddle. She was mesmerized as a child after witnessing an Irish folk band performing in her hometown of Cincinnati. She begged her mom for a violin. Parks became mostly self-taught growing up, defining her style in church and warping … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Lower Dens’ New Album The Competition

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Lower-Dens-The-CompetitionThe music of Lower Dens has always been dense and to some extent difficult, even when cathartic or hypnotizing. Across their first two albums, 2010’s Twin-Hand Movement and 2012’s Nootropics, the band perfected a kind of shadowy then nervy rock sound — exemplified by the albums’ respective highlights, “I Get Nervous” and “Brains.” Then, on … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Pure Bathing Culture’s New Album Night Pass

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Pure-Bathing-Culture-Night-PassIn the first half of the decade, the Portland duo Pure Bathing Culture made their name with a mixture of dream-pop, soft rock, and folk leanings — and became a Stereogum Band To Watch in the process. Across their first two albums, 2013’s Moon Tides and 2015’s Pray For Rain, the couple of … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Priests’ New Album The Seduction Of Kansas

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Priests-The-Seduction-Of-KansasIn the beginning of 2017, Priests released their debut album Nothing Feels Natural. It was a long-awaited confirmation that this was one of the most exciting young rock bands of our time, and it wound up ranking towards the top of our list of the best albums of that year. Just under two … More »

The Story Behind Every Song On Strand Of Oaks’ New Album Eraserland

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Strand-Of-Oaks-EraserlandToday, Tim Showalter returns with Eraserland, his sixth album as Strand Of Oaks. It almost didn’t happen. As the touring behind 2017’s Hard Love was coming to a close, Showalter found himself defeated. After the wild journey from his 2014 breakthrough HEAL to its follow-up, something didn’t click. Unsatisfied with his … More »