A bracing product of 21st century nostalgia full of jarring, melodic twists and garishly sexual lyrics.
Articles by Dean Essner
A ranking six decades, 15 studio albums, and five band members later in the making.
Alex Zhang Hungtai’s last album as Dirty Beaches finds a complacent resting place.
Why are we obsessed with the vague murmurs caught in the echo chamber?
The defining Scottish indie pop band.
Former Girls frontman reminds that happiness can still be cool.
Ten years later, Dean Essner speculates which one’s the real deal.
This sophomore LP doesn’t attempt to reinvent shoegaze, which turns out to be a wise decision.
An exercise in pointless cultural appropriation rather than a mission statement.
Solid songs worth hearing, but is it even a Cold Specks record?
See how well Brill Bruisers stacks up alongside several indie classics.
A catchy, occasionally beautiful album that falls short of its influences.