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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion EP [2017]

Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ Alexander Devotion is a set of songs with breezy synth-bliss; a swirl of indie pop that is so irresistibly stuck in their 80s groove. A bittersweet dream pop with a sting in the tail. With their Alexander Devotion EP, Letting Up Despite

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February 20th, 2017

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The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]

The Molochs’ America’s Velvet Glory is a love-letter to guitar rock, though not in the sense that the tracks are packed with searing solos or especially complex fretwork. The album is simply drenched in guitar, from cheery acoustic chords, warbling melodic lines ...

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February 10th, 2017

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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 EP [2017]

Myths 002 is the second release in a series of collaborative EPs spawned from the annual Marfa Myths festival, held in Marfa, Texas in association with nonprofit organization Ballroom Marfa and the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer label. This volume brings together Ariel Pink ...

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February 9th, 2017

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Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Miniature Tigers – I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy [2016]

Like its titular Western hero, Miniature Tigers’ I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is unpolished. Frontman Charlie Brand recorded pieces of his band’s fifth album on couches all over the country. When it came time to clean up his ideas for public presentation, he decided to keep ...

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February 8th, 2017

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Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

Vinyl Williams – Brunei [2016]

On “Brunei”, Vinyl Williams brings things into sharper focus. The percussion is much tauter and more regimented, and the krautrock leanings are increasingly noticeable. On his 2015 album Into, Vinyl Williams expanded the scope of his arrangements, added some new ...

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February 3rd, 2017

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Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy – Last Place [2017]

Grandaddy announce Last Place, their first new album in a decade. Grandaddy reunited way back in 2012, but it wasn’t until last month that they shared their first new music in nearly 11 years. Today, they complete the comeback by announcing their long-awaited follow-up to ...

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January 30th, 2017

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Foxygen – Hang [2017]

Foxygen – Hang [2017]

With Hang, Foxygen have proven their capacity for lavish spectacle, but they’re still at their best when they give themselves the freedom to roam. “What are we good for if we can’t make it?” Sam France wondered on the last Foxygen album, …And Star Power. It was a pertinent ...

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January 25th, 2017

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Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen – Luck Man [2017]

Tim Cohen’s Luck Man marks the first album in six years under the prolific San Francisco songman’s own name. It’s also his debut on the Sinderlyn label. Like the output of his concurrent bands the Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick, Cohen’s solo albums have become a ...

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January 23rd, 2017

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Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

Jay Som – Turn Into [2016]

The San Francisco musician who performs as Jay Som (a moniker meaning “Victory Moon” and pulled from a baby name generator a la Childish Gambino) toured with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, released a 7” on Fat Possum, opened for Peter Bjorn and John, signed to Polyvinyl, and

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January 22nd, 2017

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Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman – Big Fugitive Life [2016]

Ezra Furman’s latest project, ‘Big Fugitive Life’, released almost a year after his sublime record ‘Perpetual Motion People’, is the closest thing to a microcosm of the artist’s psyche that we’re ever going to get. The thematic context of these six tracks, while ...

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January 20th, 2017

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M83 – Junk [2016]

M83 – Junk [2016]

The success of Saturdays = Youth and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming led M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez to even bigger, arguably less personal, projects like his score for the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion, so it’s no surprise that he reclaims his independence — sometimes wilfully so — ...

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January 17th, 2017

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Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

Morgan Delt – Phase Zero [2016]

West Coast slacker psychedelia – it’s hardly under-represented on the record racks these days. Which isn’t necessarily a problem – at least until originality falls subservient to vibe, and whilst Morgan Delt’s first LP on the Sub Pop label acknowledges the ...

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January 15th, 2017

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Tony Molina – Confront the Truth – EP [2016]

Tony Molina – Confront the Truth – EP [2016]

Tony Molina shot to the attention of discerning indie rock fans with the release of 2013’s Dissed and Dismissed, a 12-tracks-in-12-minutes album that featured double-tracked heavy metal guitar heroics, timeless Teenage Fanclub-style melodies, and Molina’s unassumingly ...

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January 14th, 2017

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Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes – Bitter Charm [2016]

Dunes, the Los Angeles post-punk band, have release their new full-length Bitter Charm. “On the album the four piece take their whimsical pop to new extremes, working late nights in the studio with producer Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus) experimenting with spacey synths, special ...

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January 10th, 2017

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Joyce Manor – Cody [2016]

Joyce Manor – Cody [2016]

This past fall, touring behind his sleek, jubilant debut album, Rachet, Las Vegas dance pop artist Shamir would occasionally play an unusual cover song: “Christmas Card”, a cut from Joyce Manor’s 2014 breakout album Never Hungover Again. The pick was surprising because, on ...

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December 29th, 2016

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Trails and Ways – Own it [2016]

Trails and Ways – Own it [2016]

The members of Trails and Ways poured the sounds and experiences of their overseas travels in countries like Spain and Brazil into the high-minded synthpop of their Barsuk records debut, Pathology. After touring extensively, two of the four members decided to leave the band.

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December 5th, 2016

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