Caroline Polachek — Pang

Release date: October 18, 2019
Genres: ambient pop, art pop, dream pop, wonky
Highlight: Insomnia

An incredible record. One of the 2019’s best. Really, all the best that could be taken from modern pop music is here, coupled with amazing ambient soundscapes as the one in “Insomnia“, and some wonderful beats. Some great influences range from Cocteau Twins and Elizabeth Fraser to Grimes and Kelela.

Bat for Lashes — Lost Girls

Release date: September 6, 2019
Genres: art pop, dream pop, synthpop
HighlightThe Hunger

Somehow I heard about Natasha Khan‘s work for a long time, but this is her first record I listened. I must say, I’m in love with this album. From what I understand, this is an experimentation from her. It is brilliant. Some of the best synthpop ideas fill this album. But more than that, you will hear Elizabeth Fraser-like heavenly vocals and Cocteau Twins‘esque overall atmosphere. Well done.

ANIMA

The new Thom’s work might indeed be his best. Overall, it continues the familiar melancholic/spiritual glitch pop mantra started with Idioteque in 2000. ANIMA does seem to be the most complex, consistent, deep, and holistic so far. It will require many listens to immerse oneself enough.

Also, I was completely unaware that a new album was going to be released soon, after a wonderful score he made to wonderful Suspiria in 2018, even though his upcoming tour seemed suspicious, indeed.

Ex:Re

Elena Tonra’s solo album is wonderful. There is not a weak song on the album. I must say I prefer it much more than Daughter’s work. There are influences of Arab Strap, The National, Radiohead, PJ Harvey’s “Is This Desire?”, other names I struggle to recall. It is very eclectic and enjoyable, I highly recommend you to listen. It’s a shame I found it with a lag.