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Yoke Lore – Meditations [Yellhouse Records]

Yoke Lore combines folk and pop to create this beautifully crafted EP. It is full of layered harmonies, lingering synths, and echoing electronic effects. Label: Yellhouse Records Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mt Joy, Sure Sure, courtship., Coast Modern

Hibou – Halve [Barsuk]

From promoter: “Amidst an atmosphere of melancholia, Peter Michel has thrown himself into a lifetime’s worth of writing, recording and touring belied by his young age. At just 17, the Seattle-based musician toured extensively with dream pop outfit Craft Spells, and most recently met critical acclaim with his personal project, Hibou.” Label: Barsuk Start w/ 2, […]

Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort [PIAS]

From promoter: “Pioneering ’90s college-rock heroes Violent Femmes have unveiled the latest cut from their forthcoming album Hotel Last Resort, a catchy, pop-resentful track titled Another Chorus.” Label: PIAS Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pixies, Of Montreal, The Front Bottoms

Leisure – Twister [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “LEISURE is a non-traditional band of the new age. Their inspirations are widespread – they range from psychedelic rock, funk… and early 2000s trippy dance.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 FCC: 5 RIYL: Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Toro y Moi, Jungle

Sunny War – Shell of a Girl [Hen House Studios]

From promoter: “Sunny War’s songs evoke a wondrous, breathless beauty and are filled with hypnotic, acoustic calm. Her songs are exemplified by her tender voice, her unique style of guitar playing and her ability to touch the listener’s heart with her lyrics.” Label: Hen House Studios Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Erykah Badu, Cat […]

LISS – Second [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Taking inspiration from the timeless pop melodies of Stevie Wonder and Prince, Denmark’s LISS have rapidly ascended Aarhus’ thriving music scene with their brand of smooth and hook-laden alternative R&B.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 5, 6 FCC: 1, 4 RIYL: MorMor, Lust For Youth, Miya Folick

Ariana and the Rose – Constellations Phase 1 [Pookiebird]

From promoter: “An artist who embraces an audio-visual approach to creativity, Ariana and the Rose writes, sings and performs a coming of age story.” Label: Pookiebird Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: 1 RIYL: Charli XCX, MUNA, Robyn, St Vincent

Rat Fancy – Stay Cool [Happy Happy Birthday to Me]

Rat Fancy’s Stay Cool is a nice set of power pop songs that could accompany a nice summer day. There is a great balance between jangle pop acoustics and punky distorted angst. Label:Happy Happy Birthday To Me Start w/2, 3, 5, 6 FCC:Clean RILY:The BV’s, The Catenary Wires, Smokescreens, Flying Fish Cove, Red Sleeping Beauty

Kirin J Callinan – Return to Center [Terrible Records]

Kirin J Callinan sets the entire tone for this album with an opening track that has a powerful brass section. He experiments to create a thoroughly enjoyable art pop album. He gives a consistently powerful vocal performance throughout. Label:Terrible Records Start w/3, 4, 7, 8, 9 FCC:5 RILY:Donny Benet, Alex Cameron, Xiu Xiu, Jack Ladder, […]

Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club [Secretly Canadian]

Faye Webster combines country with bedroom indie pop to create a sweet album. It is a soulful experience that you find yourself falling into a deep relaxation with. Her soft vocals are able to paint a story with her emotional lyrics. Label:Secretly Canadian Start w/2, 3, 5 FCC:9 RILY:Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, Hand Habits, Big […]

Mal Blum – Pity Boy [Don Giovanni]

Mal Blum brings in garage rock and indie pop influences to make a punchy and fun pop punk album. There is some excellent instrumentation going on here. Label:Don Giovanni Start w/2, 3, 8, 11 FCC:4, 6, 10 RILY:Nana Grizol, Paul Baribeau, Human Kitten, Apes of the State, Ghost Mice, Crywank

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock [Nonesuch]

The Black Keys offer a collection of twelve entertaining garage rock tracks. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing bad either. Label:Nonesuch Start w/3, 4, 6, 9 FCC:Clean RILY:The White Stripes, Cage The Elephant, Wolfmother, Eagles Of Death Metal

Jack West – For the Record [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Jack West’s upcoming album For The Record is covered in songwriting gems. Utilizing acoustic rhythm guitars and, pulsing, distorted lead tones, this album is high energy, yet laid back.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Albert Hammond Jr

Sleepwalkers – Ages [Spacebomb]

From promoter: “This album takes many sonic risks, such as vox synths and vibrant bass fills, and melodically intricate melodies throughout culminating in a kaleidoscopic celebration of sound.” Label: Spacebomb Start w/ 1, 2, 7, 8, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: JR JR, Fruit Bats, Sure Sure, Rubblebucket

Nathan Bajar -Playroom [In Real Life Music]

From promoter: “The first thing one will notice after starting Nathan Bajar’s Playroom is just how irresistibly eclectic it is. Mixing everything from R’n’B, cloud rap and lo-fi guitar noodling, this debut from the Brooklyn based songwriter manages to encompass a menagerie of textures and genres that some artists never even come close to reaching in their entire […]

Florist – Emily Alone [Double Double Whammy]

From promoter: “Separated from her bandmates, Emily’s heartfelt singing and guitar strumming are the only accompaniments for the listener during this viscerally honest and self-reflective indie folk project.” Label: Double Double Whammy Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Frankie Cosmos, Adult Mom, Free Cake for Every Creature

Hunny – Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. [Epitaph]

From promoter: “Hailing from Woodland Hills, CA indie rock band HUNNY shares details on their debut full-length album Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. out July 19 on Epitaph Records. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. opens on “Lula I’m Not Mad”–a bouncy pop track that matches its shimmery synth lines with hopelessly crushed-out lyrics.” Label: Epitaph Start w/ 1, 4, 7, 8 FCC: […]

Amber Mark – “What If” b/w “Mixer” [PMR]

From promoter: “Even though she’s only 23 years old, New York artist Amber Mark proves that she can recreate quiet storm’s magic on “What If.” When the term “quiet storm” was coined in the mid-’70s, it signified a particular brand of sensuous R&B infused with smooth jazz.” Label: PMR Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kali Uchis, Jorja Smith, Christine […]

Charlie Cunningham – Permanent Way [BMG]

From promoter: “English singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham is the type of artist that plays upon tropes and expectations tied to the folk genre, using his percussive guitar playing, ambitious songwriting and signature vocals to simultaneously buck tradition and create a style all his own.” Label: BMG Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fenne Lily, Novo Armor, […]

Dorian Electra – Flamboyant [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Electra sings on “Man To Man” in exaggerated auto-tune over an 80s funk beat, exploring the nuances of gender and sexuality identity and performance thematic throughout the album.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Sir Babygirl

Ada Lea – What We Say In Private [Saddle Creek]

From promoter: “Bold and daring, but also gentle and vulnerable, the album finds new ways of presenting its vision from one inspired idea to the next, a big leap into the wider world with passion and exuberance.” Label: Saddle Creek Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Stef Chura, Hand Habits, Sharon Van […]

Generationals – Reader As Detective [Polyvinyl]

Generationals combine EDM, new wave, and indie rock to create Reader As Detective. With pulsing synths and echoing vocals, Generationals strike a perfect balance of modern and retro sounds. Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9 FCC: 6 RIYL: Toro y Moi, STRFKR, Sacred Paws

Mokita – 4201 [Armada Music]

From promoter: “If there’s one thing the past few years have told us, it’s that Mokita is your one-stop shop for the kind of acoustic magic that sends sparks flying. The gifted, Nashville-based multitalent has a knack for creating brilliant crossover gems and conveniently offers a handful of those through his new, six-track EP: ‘2401‘.” Label: Armada […]

Kate Tempest – The Book of Traps and Lessons [Republic]

From promoter: “You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born BRIT Award-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury.” Label: Republic Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 FCC: 6 RIYL: […]

Blood Orange – Angel’s Pulse [Domino]

From promoter: “Dev Hynes has described his latest Blood Orange project, Angel’s Pulse, as “somewhat of an epilogue” to his 2018 album Negro Swan. This “epilogue” is performed, produced, and mixed entirely by Dev Hynes and has been described by him as a mixtape. Angel’s Pulse includes his signature luscious encasing of modern chilled R&B and old-school inspired hip-hop.” Label: Domino Start w/ […]