Artist: Meg & Dia Album: happysad Year: 2019 Grade: B+
In Brief: Think of this less as a reformation of Meg & Dia the band, and more as a rediscovery of Meg & Dia the sisters who loved making music together, and who now make sharp, witty pop songs with engaging riffs and rhythms. It’s sad that all the music industry B.S. ever split them up in the first place, but it feels so good to have these two back together again.
The new year brings with it a smattering of projects I missed out on over the course of last year – mostly EPs and a few projects that are still in progress. I’m always hungry for new music, but especially after I’ve spent most of December ruminating on the year that came before.
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective, Elbow, Portugal. The Man, Brooke Waggoner, The Nor’easters, Dia Frampton, Peter Bradley Adams, Spoon, Paramore, and Calexico.
Artist: Archis Album: Archis EP Year: 2015 Grade: B+
In Brief: Dia Frampton has proven herself to be adaptable to several different genres during her tenure with Meg & Dia and her brief solo career. Now she’s trying her hand at classical-influenced “soundtrack pop” with composer Joseph Trapanese, and the results are incredibly promising.