Led by Reese Beeman and James Adkisson formerly of psych-rock band the 7% Solution, and featuring singer Lisa Lipkin, Austin, Texas' HeadShy packs up its R.E.M. and Primal Scream record collection and heads for dreamier pop terrain on "The Light That Guides the Blind."
Opening like a love-lorn waltz and then surging into psychedelic noise, "Good Guy" is a literal swan song for Lakefield (the group is dissolving) and will likely make any fan of Bettie Serveert or Wye Oak wish the Vancouver band could have stuck around a little longer.
As ambivalent farewell songs go, "Numb and Blue" by Hayley Reardon (who is based out of Boston and is all of 17) cuts to the beautiful, bittersweet quick.
Once known as Supermoon, St. Louis band Aquitaine returns with the second edition of "American Pulverizer," turning up and filling the sonic skies -- as that original name presaged -- with heavy psych-influenced rock.
A grand, warm embrace of dream pop, "Proto," the latest from London band Dios Mio, carries the listener away on the strength of the enigmatically named Helena's voice and what sometimes sounds like the strength of 10,000 guitars.
With a late-night, Latin-jazz groove and a vocal reminscent of a young Leon Redbone, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing comes into its own on the new track "My Favorite Sin."
Veteran, left-of-center Nashville, Tenn. songwriter Amelia White returns with a classic Americana sound and a big, bright hook on the track "Big Blue Sun."
Toronto musician Barzin Hosseini, who records under the name Barzin, returns with the gossamer, string-swept track "All the While," a meditation on patience, forgiveness and waking up to the world.
Hailing from the West Midlands region of the UK, Young Braves once went by the moniker Arcade Parade. We can all agree the name change was a smart move, as is the new track "Youth," a catchy and candid slice of Brit guitar-pop.
The Lowest Pair serves as a vehicle for Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee to explore the bottomless well of American folk music, with an emphasis on banjo, guitar and front-porch harmonies. The double-banjo duet of "Living Is Dying" captures that sound exquisitely.