You may know Dean Wareham from his work with influential bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, but with his first solo work, the songwriter and guitarist enlisted producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket to find a easy-flowing, contemplative sound. New track "The Dancer Disappears" is about as good as psychedelic pop gets.
"Every silver lining has got a razor's edge," sings Paige Wood of the Peach Kings on "Be Around." The same could be said for the L.A. band's latest brooding but thrilling rock track.
"Got a quiver full of fire and a head full of rain, and I've been clinging to the drifting air," begins Patrick Park's lyrically majestic and musically humble "My Holding Hand Is Empty." It's the kind of song that only a serious songwriter could write; that it's so well sung and performed just makes it all the more remarkable.
As co-founder of punkish electronic group Brazilian Girls, Sabina is no stranger to catchy provocations. But the jazzy, droll (and of course highly danceable) new track "Viva L'Amour" finds fresh ways to challenge and seduce listeners
Finding convergence in electronic ambience and synth-rock explorations, "Ruin" by Washington D.C. group VEDAS leads the listener down a personal rabbit hole of estranged, haunted emotions.
Katie and Mike West, aka Truckstop Honeymoon, are back with more tales of everyday life, love, sadness and happiness, all written and sung with all the heart and humor of the American heartland. "Sometimes I Cry" ranks with some of their most honest and affecting ballads.
With a voice that sounds like it was scraped from the bottom of a well at the bottom of the world, Benjamin Shaw is an unlikely candidate for making purely beautiful music. And yet the langorous, delicate "Goodbye, Kagoul World" is just that.
A true transcontinental project, King of Prussia's new double album, "Zonian Girls...And the Echoes That Surround Us All," was recorded in France, Spain and Athens, Ga., and the geographical diversity matches the indie-pop ambition, as heard on the track "Actuary."
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Evoking a folkified version of Coldplay or an austere, piano-based take on Fleet Foxes, "Someone Else" by Cold Weather Company is the kind of heart-bursting song that promises an emotional payoff -- and then delivers.