Whatever you want to say about 2016 (and we’ve said plenty), it was a great year for music and Chunky Glasses covered the hell out of it. Well, it was a great year for musical output at least. We lost far too many of our favorite artists but, by fortune or design, we gained some truly extraordinary albums before they passed. More than that, those that remained took up the mantles of the fallen to produce a bounty of sharply observed, deeply felt works. To call it a changing of the guard would be overly simplistic; an artificial narrative created to instill some sense of order on a chaotic year. But, be that as it may, it appears that as the world lurches into an uncertain 2017, at least we’ll still have plenty of exemplary musicians to help us make sense of whatever happens next.
Sounds Like: Nite Jewel, Phantogram
Why You Should Care: White Hex, after releasing an impressive EP, are aiming higher for their full length release.
On “Paradise”, the latest single from Melbourne, Australia’s White Hex, multi-instrumentalist Jimi Kritzler lays out shimmering, chorus-like synth chords, while singer Tara Green’s vocals swerve from Ladytron-esque deadpan to soaring Portishead heights...