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Slowdive – “Slowdive” [Dead Oceans]

The highly-influential UK shoegaze pioneers are back with their first album in 22 years. The self-titled album was recorded in Oxfordshire and mixed in Los Angeles by Chris Coady, who has worked with a slew of bands that owe a sonic debt to Slowdive: Beach House, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, TV On The Radio, and […]

Future Islands – “The Far Field” [4AD]

Following up a breakthrough album, such as Singles, is not an easy task. Without trying to reinvent their successful synth-pop formula, Future Islands expound upon their uncanny energy and an alluring vocal delivery from Samuel T. Herring. As a result, The Far Field is a response to a previous album that peaked at #40 on the […]

Craig Brown Band – “The Lucky Ones Forget”

Craig Brown Band brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honky-tonk howl to the mix on The Lucky Ones Forget. This man has a deep love for rock n’ roll apparent all over the record, featuring a hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-classic-rock type of rock, offset by pitch-perfect honeyed harmonies. Label: Third Man Records FCC: clean Play: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 RIYL: Deer Tick, […]

Gold Star – “Big Blue” [Autumn Tone]

Big Blue combines a type of desolate blues with a sense of soul. Gold Star’s Marlon Rabenreither takes these influences and adds his own acute detail to make each song his own. Label: Autumn Tone FCC: Clean Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 RIYL: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Deer Tick, Felice Brothers, T. Hardy Morris, Strand […]

Faintlife – “Ever Was” [Self-Released]

Ever Was draws from typical influence points such as shoegaze and psychedelic pop but it’s so much more than that. One promoter of the band said this about their new album: “Faintlife’s music fuses together like a spinning top floating between obstacles; gently bouncing between dilated ears and elates the inquisitive soul. The overwhelming feeling of […]

Hot Flash Heat Wave – “Soaked” [OIM Records]

A diverse and groovy approach to a shimmering dream-pop/surf-rock sound. Label: OIM Records FCC: clean Play: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 RIYL: Beach Fossils, Day Wave, Hippo Campus

Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy” [Sub Pop]

Tillman’s critiques, humanity & warped classic songwriting are here in equal measure. The LP navigates themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection & his own role in it all. Play! Label: Sub Pop Play: 1, 2 FCC:  6, 7, 11 RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Conor Oberst, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Cass McCombs, […]

Mount Eerie – “A Crow Looked At Me”

Phil Elverum lost his wife—an artist and the mother of his child—to cancer. His new album is a meditation on her memory, but also on what it means to keep living. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, steeped in a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming sorrow.  Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun Play: 1, 3, 6, […]

Animal Collective – “The Painters” EP

More wackiness from Animal Collective to liven up your day! This is the companion release to their 2016 Painting With album. As with every new Animal Collective album, their music is in one way or another different on Painting With and it’s accompanied EP from previous works. Their characteristic juxtaposition between campfire primitivism and electronic experimentation has remained a near-constant. Label: Domino Recording Play: 2, 3, […]

Froth – “Outside (briefly)”

Froth manage to breath new life into the sometimes stale genre of shoegaze. The band hail from Los Angeles and they capture some of the sun and sea in their music. Outside (briefly) is a blend of 60’s inspired surf rock, psychedelia, indie rock and shoegaze influences. Label: Wichita Play: 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 FCC: clean RIYL: Twin Peaks, […]

Saro – “In Loving Memory”

On his debut EP, In Loving Memory, Saro puts forth an impressively crafted thematic flow with a solid composition. The EP is a musical representation of the path traveled by those mourning the loss of a love, ending with in my opinion his most realized track, “Rampart”. Label: Mateo Sound Play: 2, 4, 5, 7 FCC: clean RIYL: The xx, […]