Never content to repeat themselves, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, aka Wye Oak, venture into fully-synth (and cello and guitar) powered, fully-danceable dream pop on "The Tower," a track from their forthcoming album "Shriek."
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.
There's always been something just a little icy about dream pop, but when coupled with a pulsing bass, a sincere, delicate falsetto and a finely detailed mix, the chill really can carry you away. "Best Intentions" by Los Angeles band Satchmode (Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis) does just that.
"Mila Don't Make a Sound," the first single off Eureka Birds' forthcoming album "Strangers," glides and shines with synth and guitar, but the emotional core is in singer Justin Levy's voice and a story of love fading away like the last strains of a good dream-pop song.
Beginning with clacking percussion and airy harmonies, ending with a sprawling, psychedelic dreamscape, "Langsom Dans" by Gliss frames an artful study in contrasts.
On my radio show Hindsight, I spin a wide range of indie pop and rock from all sides of the pond. This year offered a lot of great songs from which to choose.
"I don't know what I'm doing up here," giggled Tennis' Alaina Moore behind a shock of Pantene-commercial hair, after an effusive thank you to old friends and opening act Making Movies.
I'm going to be honest. When I first heard "Gila" on a mix CD a friend made for me a few years ago, I assumed the vocals I was hearing belonged to a male.