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Polo & Pan/Cyclorama/Hamburger Records

Deeeelicious French pop, disco, electronic album. Recommended Tracks: 2,4,5,15

Lionel Boy/Lionel Boy/Innovative Leisure

Gentle voice, dreamy sweet energy. Reminds me of still woozy, hether, etc. Recommend tracks: 2, 11, 7

Okay Kaya/The Incompatible Okay Kaya/Jagjaguwar

Smooth and dreamy! Recommended Tracks: 1,3,9

My Morning Jacket, My Morning Jacket, ATO

From Promoter: My Morning Jacket are back with their self titled ninth studio album. Back in the studio with ATO Records, the band is playing to their strengths on this record: expertly crafting solid indie rock songs that aren’t afraid to experiment. This record balances catchy bite sized tracks along with longer, meandering psychedelic explorations. […]

Big Thief/Change/4AD Ltd

This 4 song EP is a nugget of gold for the ears. All tracks dig into the magic of Big Thief’s uniquely tragic folky sound, with Adrienne Lenker’s voice weaving them all together. Play all tracks, FCC: clean. RIYL: Hand Habits, Jonathan Richman, Vashti Bunyan, Wilco.

Yebba/Dawn/RCA Records

Genre: Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock Each song is strong and unique story, lots of layered harmonies and echoey vocals expanding over a broad range. Start with tracks 2, 4, 12. GMR: no. FCC: tracks 5 and 8 are not clean (but worth listening to because they are firrreee). RIYL: Tierra Whack, Emily King, Mereba, James Blake

Bedouine/Waysides/Bedouine Music

Bedouine graces us with her third album, Waysides. Folk with a flair: a melodically and lyrically engaging journey through unexpected chord changes and emotional soliloquies. Start with 1, 2,8. 4. GMR Arist: no. FCC: clean warnings (or just clean)

Philip La Rosa/Black Sky/Marshmallow Pavement Records

From promoter: A sonic-twin to the blissed-out pop of his single Paradise, Black Sky uses dampened drums and unassuming piano to create a space for healing and familial bonds as he maps loss and spiritual reprieves to a constellation of emotive backing vocals amongst other-worldly textures. 

Jesse Woods/Wimberley

Dreamy strings, sounds similar to Weyes Blood. A blend of indie, folk, rock & country. Favorites are 3,5,9, all are clean. Play!

Little Simz/Sometimes I Might Be Introvert/Age101

British rap, strong beats with sweet movement. Lyrically revolving around topics of introspection. Recommend track 15, featuring Obongjayar, 15, 17 clean. Play!

James Blake/Friends That Break Your Heart/ Polydor Records

Eerie & evocative, beautifully composed with heavily emotional lyrics. The soundscapes are cavernous, layered with synths and grievously grey chords. Blakes voice holds the kind of resilience that comes from deep pain. Play tracks, 1,2,4,9,12.

Matthew E. White – K Bay [Domino Recording Co.]

From promoter: “K Bay, White’s first album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative and audacious songwriters, composers, and bandleaders. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, […]

The Ophelias – Crocus [Joyful Noise]

Kind in that new folk/indie revival scene with folks like boygenius. Cool that the album is named after one of my favorite flowers.

Enter Shikari – Moratorium [SO]

Cool sounding outsider stuff. I dig it quite a bit. Folky, rocky, avant garde, a little bit of almost everything.

Grady Strange – Getting Stranger [Uncle Jazzy’s Favorite]

From promoter: “A masterclass in high intensity strangeness recorded on a legendary 4-track tape machine once belonging to CBGB’s Hilly Kristal. RIYL: The Strokes & Twin Peaks.”

LOW – Hey What [Sub Pop]

From promoter: “Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present HEY WHAT. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by […]

Reveries – Innervoice [2814962]

Really enjoyable electronic duo that reminds me of M83, Postal Service, and Alvvays. Short EP that packs a punch!

Turnstile – GLOW ON [Roadrunner]

Pretty intense vibes here that do not fit the happy-go-lucky pink puffy cloud art on the cover. Great stuff nonetheless with some solid drumming and swampy guitar playing.

Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly [Danger Collective]

Bon Iver-esque finger picking with a Jerry Paper-esque vocals. Dig.

The Beths – Aukland, New Zealand, 2020 [Carpark]

Really hype and rocky live show from “New Zealand darlings” The Beths. Reminds me of the Cranberries with different subtleties and complexities.

Deafheaven – Infinite Granite [Self-Released]

Heady, densely constructed, and swirling. Shoegaze-y, too, which I dig quite a bit!

Madi Diaz- History of Feeling [Anti]

Absolutely gorgeous folk music. Expressive voice that is superficially reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers. Chords choices are excellent FCC: 1,5,7,10

26 BATS! – Portal Party

From promoter: “Songs about magic, anarchy, and yearning by Bailey Cogan (they/them). The album “is a departure from the heavy jazz and R&B sounds that once defined the band’s music, introducing more experimental song structures, drum machines and synths.” Being unmoored to any one genre puts the group in a unique spot, allowing them to […]

Wednesday – Twin Plagues [Ordinal]

From promoter: “Beneath a wall of overdrive, distortion, and reverb, songwriter Karly Hartzman processes memory with power and tenderness through flashes of vivid, raw imagery and emotionality. In this follow up to 2020’s I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, an undercurrent of the Southern Gothic permeates Wednesday’s unique synthesis of shoegaze, grunge, and […]

ALEXALONEWORLD – alexalone [Polyvinyl 2021]

From promoter: “alexalone is fronted by Alex Peterson (they/them), who has played in Hovvdy and Lomelda’s live bands, and alexalone will back Lomelda and embark on a joint tour in January. The sounds of alexalone will usher you into warm, fuzzy, lonely spaces, then shock you alive with pulsing energy. ALEXALONEWORLD, their debut album, isn’t […]