One step behind the drum style
Le Tigre, "Hot Topic"
At the same time there is a welcome opening out of hip-hop. It's a mellow thrill to hear Handsome Boy Modeling School's So . . . How's Your Girl? The leaflet photosmartinis and cigars, hovering loveliesslant off what's inside: a cascade of varied and cunning song material plus impressive guest shots from a kaleidoscope of genres.
We know musical inspiration transcends boundaries; what's new is that many indie artists look set to tackle gender, social, and racial themes as never before. Far from conceding that music is indie'd out, we can look forward to a very good yearand decade.