Review: This Californian duo have attracted more than their fair share of opprobrium over their four albums to date, and this doesn't seem likely to abate with 'Hang', their boldest and most audacious effort to date. Whereas in the past their psychedelic and glam fixations have coloured their output, here they take a bold leap into showtune fervour with a theatrically extravagant selection of orchestrally embellished ditties that are as beholden to Todd Rundgren as Sondheim, and "Bugsy Malone" as Sufjan Stevens. Moreover, give that precious few other bands could come anywhere near pulling off the feat that these two manage with 'Hang', it's just worth considering that the naysayers are jealous of both Foxygen's talent and their formidable chutzpah.
Review: Listening to the awaited full length of The National's Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) Big Red Machine project and it's hard not to think they've invested themselves in discovering deeper strands of electronic music, or production... if the sporadic drum machine work of "Deep Green" is anything to go by. "I Won't Run From It" however sees the pair back in their full choral beauty, presenting a song for thousands to potentially wave their hands this summer. This Big Red Machine was produced over the past two years involving many-a collaboration from New York and its artistic community, with the band themself saying: "this feels like something new-the process felt different and the outcome felt different." Check it.