Júníus Meyvant: Color Decay

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Already in heavy rotation in his native Iceland, Júníus Meyvant (né Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) caught the attention of listeners on both sides of the Atlantic with his crisply produced folk-pop debut single “Color Decay.” Meyvant’s stoic rasp calls to mind Father John Misty while the calculated horn placement suggests a distant relation to Beirut at his loudest. In true Icelandic form, the song is cheerful …

Woolfy vs Projections: Ask (The Smiths Cover)

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

While California’s Woolfy vs Projections (aka Simon James and Dan Hastie) have been working in tandem and as solo artists for well over a decade, their 2012 album—The Return Of Love, on label Permanent Vacation—put them on the (ever-so-slightly) mainstream map. Fans of their work will immediately recognize their take on The Smiths’ song “Ask,” which uplifts Morrissey’s more somber tone and elucidates the vocals …

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The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid ’90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take on hip-hop is evident in Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming release Lese Majesty. The 45-minute sonic journey channels multiple eras and genres, the album flows from ambient hip-hop track to space …