Montreal’s TR/ST comes through with the promised second chapter of his The Destroyer series. As it was with Part 1, The Destroyer - Part 2 is another set of sensual darkside synth-pop from the one born Robert Alfons. Alfons’ writhing delivery is a thrill throughout. Fans of Zola Jesus and Boy Harsher should throw themselves into The Destroyer - Part 2 with relish.
Emo is generally considered a youngun’s game, so kudos to Mineral for their longevity. The Texan band celebrate a quarter-century of mopery with One Day When We Are Young, which is either a record accompanied by a book or a book accompanied by a record. What's for sure is that you get two new tracks here - including the widescreen rocker ‘Aurora’ - and a tome that includes essays on Mineral’s legacy from members of Spoon, Jimmy Eat World and Get Up Kids.
TR/ST (that’s pronounced Trust, by the way) drops his first LP in a half-decade. The Destroyer - 1 is another LP of dark, evocative synth-pop from the Canadian singer-songwriter. Tracks like ‘Gone’ bring to mind Perfume Genius if he was really into Depeche Mode. If you like walking around at night in trench coats then TR/ST's The Destroyer - 1 is for you.
Following the success of her breakthrough third album, Honest Life, Fat Possum/House Arrest are reissuing the 2011 album by Courtney Marie Andrews, No One’s Slate Is Clean. Now singing with an assured country lilt, which has won over the likes of 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, Andrews started her career singing back-up vocals for fellow Arizona band Jimmy Eat World.