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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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Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Displaced Sleepers is the first Crushed Stars album in four years, but Todd Gautreau has been busy in the interim. Since starting out 20 years ago as Tear Ceremony, Todd Gautreau and his Simulacra label have been turning out thinking persons’ chill-out music on a consistent ...

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February 12th, 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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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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California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

California Snow Story – Some Other Places [2016]

David Skirving began California Snow Story in 2001 after leaving Scottish band Camera Obscura. David was a founder member and original guitarist of Camera Obscura and he gave the band their name. He wrote four songs on their debut album Rare UK Bird and guitar parts for ...

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January 16th, 2017

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Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Best known for fronting Portland trio Blouse, Charlie Hilton sets out on her own with Palana, her first solo offering to be released via Captured Tracks. Listening to Palana feels like waking up, only to find yourself stoned in a field during the summer of love, which by all

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January 12th, 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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Damon & Naomi – Spirit Of Love [2016]

Damon & Naomi – Spirit Of Love [2016]

Damon & Naomi have just released an album of “B​-​sides, bonuses, and soundtracks” onto bandcamp. Spirit of Love is available for a bargain price of whatever you want to pay. As well as the excellent title track, from a Ptolemaic Terrascope compilation, there

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December 28th, 2016

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J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

Recorded over a two-year period with London- based producer Dreamtrak and featuring vocal contributions from Anna B Savage, J Churcher’s Borderland State is an evocative collection that recalls the delirious haze of Maps, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, and the

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December 20th, 2016

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Flyying Colours – Mindfullness [2016]

Flyying Colours – Mindfullness [2016]

Mindfullness is Australian shoegaze quartet Flyying Colours’ full-length debut following two EPs, Flyying Colours and ROYGBIV. As with the band’s first two releases, this album continues to showcase their winning blend of heavy, swirling guitars, driving rhythms, and distant

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December 19th, 2016

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Radiation City – Synesthetica [2016]

Radiation City – Synesthetica [2016]

Starting as a friendship between singer/keyboardist Lizzy Ellison and guitarist Cameron Spies, Radiation City had quaint beginnings at a DIY record label, Apes Tapes, which released music only on cassette. Soon after, they would be known as Portland’s best new band, with alt

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December 11th, 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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Brendan Canning – Home Wrecking Years [2016]

Brendan Canning – Home Wrecking Years [2016]

Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning has made indie songs for the dog days of summer on his new record, Home Wrecking Years. He complements breezy pop with languid, downtempo arrangements such as those heard on “Once I Was a Runner.” Canning’s delicate vocals ...

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November 24th, 2016

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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter [2016]

Hope Sandoval isn’t the quickest worker, it took Mazzy Star almost 20 years to put out their 4th album, and this record comes 7 years after the last one she made with Colm Ó Cíosóig under the Warm Inventions name. Despite the time it took to arrive, Until the Hunter is no ...

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November 23rd, 2016

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C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [2016]

C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [2016]

The much anticipated sophomore long-player from the Glaswegian pop confectioner, Midnight Sun finds Christopher Duncan doubling down on the lush, homespun chamber pop of his Mercury Prize-nominated 2015 debut, but with significantly bolder strokes — it may take a bit longer ...

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November 17th, 2016

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The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

Active since the late ’90s, Portland, Oregon’s The High Violets play a light, sugary brand of electronic-tinged dream pop. Unlike a lot of similar bands, they seem far more concerned with writing catchy, emotional pop songs than coming up with the most mind-bending guitar ...

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November 15th, 2016

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