Like an unknown outtake from "Odyssey and Oracle" or even "Magical Mystery Tour," the finely harmonized and arranged "Lauren Lorraine" by Summer Fiction pulls back the veil on an exquisite and personal view of baroque psychedelic pop.
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made their name together as Whitehorse by recording well-crafted, textured Americana. But nothing the Canadian duo has released could prepare listeners for the thundering, bluesy fuzz-rock of "Downtown."
Courtney Barnett brings energy to the mundane issues of everyday life by adding rhythm, melody and wit to her musing stories on "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit."
Rhythmically and percussively dense, and stacked to the sky with guitars and keyboards, "Better Days" by Glasgow, Scotland band Kill the Waves, is as persuasive as stadium-ready, experimentally-minded post-rock gets.
"Before the flood, but after the well ran dry/Colors scatter the downtown sky/Waited for an explosion/But I only heard a sigh." Delivered like he has all the time in the world, "Independence Day" by the Last Tycoon (aka John Gladwin of East Atlanta, Georgia) is a brooding, cinematic story, a desert-set film noir in sound and words.
The no-budget, no-pretension, no-gimmicks DIY rock of American Wrestlers (aka St. Louis musician Gary McClure) has yielded some surprising results: 1) A signing to the heavyweight indie Fat Possum Records and 2) the irresistible statement of purpose called "I Can Do No Wrong."