Why do we listen to music? Every listener has his or her own answer. But maybe we're all hoping to be restored, revived in some way. And that's what Dallas band Valise is after on the new, spirited chamber-folk track "Dialogue."
With an eerie and intimate ambience, the new single "Black Cat White Cat" by Annalibera seduces on the strength of Anna Gebhardt's searing alto and dreamy imagism.
A lot of bands are described as "dream pop" these days. But Brooklyn-based group Bonsai, led by singer and songwriter Simone Stevens, makes that description more than a label on the gloriously atmospheric "I Fashion You're a Dreamer."
Enigmatic Los Angeles-based musician Autumn in June makes electronic music that unites late-night contemplation with even-later-night dance-floor grooves. "Weeks" is chilled-out electro-pop, but not so chilled out as to leave the hooks behind.
Recorded in an old dance hall transformed into a studio in the Crescent City, the track "The Things We Do" by Rahim Quazi is piano and string-filled Sinatra-esque pop for the 21st century.
Anchored in the singing and songwriting duo of Argentine-born Max Claps and James Hoare (of Veronica Falls), the London band the Proper Ornaments revives psychedelic pop with hints of the Velvet Underground and contemporary bands like Real Estate.
"I just wanna have a good time," wails Julia Shapiro of Seattle band Chastity Belt, but the good times sound over for good on the deliciously dark and doom-ridden "Time to Go Home," a party-ender to end all parties.
Ever since Moby's seminal album "Play" (if not before), there's been no shortage of electronic-minded artists combining individually-crafted roots music with mass-produced circuitry. Hidden in the Sun is part of that lineage, but on the lovely "San Francisco Blues" the band simply sounds like a band, playing original blues, creating original beauty.
When you think of holiday-music makers, you probably don't think of indie-rock band Los Campesinos! The Cardiff, Wales group wants to change that with a new Christmas EP this year and the irresistably melodic and quintessentially Campesino-esque track "When Christmas Comes."