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Today, we were treated to the long-awaited return of a beloved cult figure in modern pop. Finally, with her new band Exploded View, Anika has risen! (Wait, did something else happen too?) To date, Berlin via Britain singer Annika Henderson has been a fringe figure, with a small output and a mysterious air. Portishead’s Geoff Barrow produced her 2011 debut Anika with his sideband BEAK> providing instrumental backing. The record, a set of downcast...
Wool Sucking, the second album by Brooklyn neo-no-wavers EULA, is named for an acute anxiety that’s also just plain cute. “It’s thought that when kittens are weaned too early they have a kind of nervous anxiety disorder going on, so they suck wool to emulate their moms,” explains the band's songwriter and front woman, Alyse Lamb. “It’s like a comfort thing, a weirdo compulsion, basically.” Perhaps that's too gentle an image for a record...