Zola Jesus – Conatus
Spooky, glitchy, and lush. This album feels like a combination of Kate Bush, Bjork, Bat for Lashes and Florence + The Machine. Her voice is amazing…haunting and threatening and heartbreaking (sometimes all at once). It’s 55 and rainy outside right now, and this album feels perfect.
Favorite track: "Vessel"
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
I had been hearing about this guy for a while, so I thought it was about time I’d give him a shot. I like it. It’s a nice little R&B album. A little different from what I usually think of when I think of R&B (he uses a lot of interesting textures), so that certainly helps (some songs have a touch more Reznor than your typical R&B album track). There are times when some of the songs kind of bleed together, but, for the most part, I really like it. He’s no Frank Ocean (who is?), but, if you’re looking for a good R&B album, you could do a lot worse than The Weeknd. (The same review pretty much applies for his second album, Thursday.)
Favorite track: “The Knowing”