The Week In Music: The 1975, John Legend, And Volcano Choir


My wish for you is that you have a sexy weekend. Not a Joyce Leslie, spilled Stoli, fumble-out-of-your-heels brand of sexy, but a sincere sensual experience that has you swinging around light posts Monday morning.

Chances are, we won’t share this moment together, and that’s fine, but the least I can do is offer up some music to enhance your experience. Now, with that, I’m not looking to give you a soundtrack to bone to, rather offer up three stellar albums that dropped this week that are oozing with a rare lascivious undercurrent. All for very different reasons. So look at this as a…”choose your own adventure” kind of recommendation.

The 1975 – The 1975

These boys from Manchester have been putting out EPs for the past year or so, but finally released their self-titled album this week.

Matthew Healy and company sing about sex, drugs, and an occasional gun in their petticoat. They love girls. Girls with boyfriends, girls who sleep around, girls who hope to understand their tangled English hearts. They do it all though with a bouncy, playful chugging sound that harkens back to Terence Trent D’Arby, or…dare I say…Prince.

Check out the whole album here.

John Legend – Love In The Future

This is a no-brainer. HE’S JOHN LEGEND! But on “Love In The Future“, Legend does something really special.

The album plays like a R&B anthology. He shifts from the mid-tempo groove of “The Beginning“, to the hip-hop “Mr. Big Stuff” sampled banger “Who Do We Think We Are” that actually makes Rick Ross sound friendly, to the pop-polish of “Made To Love“, to the Stevie Wonder-esque “Tomorrow“, to the Delfonics croon of “So Gone“, and of course the piano-laced soul of ballads like “All Of Me“. The string that holds it all together is the silky honesty of a guy that is above the game. One of the top albums of the year so far.

Volcano Choir – Repave

Volcano Choir is Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon‘s new primary focus with his pals from Wisconsin. “Repave” is a building ambient trek that hits in a beautiful way much different from Bon Iver. The songs swell and burst, leaving the earnest Vernon against sparse arrangements in spots such as “Byegone“, and “Acetate” in ways that previous efforts would never accept. The album is immersive and beautiful, and as wonderful as Vernon’s past works are…this is on a different level. Sink into it with someone.

So, I wish you the best and hope one of these journeys connect you to something or someone special. If not, there’s always this. Choose wisely.

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