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June 15, 2017 — “Lake House” by Beverly

Beverly

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Lake House” by Beverly (2016, from the album The Blue Swell).

Beverly is an indie pop/dream-punk band from Brooklyn. The front of the band is Drew Citron (vocals/guitar). She started the band a few years ago with the magnificent Miss Frankie Rose of Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls fame. With that lineup, Beverly released the 2014 album Careers, which was my #26 album of the year. Since then, Frankie Rose has left the band, and Citron has enlisted Scott Rosenthal (bass/guitar), who is better known as a producer who has worked with Crystal Stilts among others. I think he also had something to do with the technical stuff on Careers. Citron and Rosenthal are often joined by Kip Berman out of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but he’s not an “official” member of the band.

Beverly is currently on tour supporting Berman and the Pains, who have a new record out in September. Speaking of September, Beverly will be performing at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in September. There’s a lot for me to look forward to this year, and of the “small print” bands, this is one of the first things that caught my eye the first time I looked at the lineup.

The band’s second record —The Blue Swell— came out last spring, and if I had bothered to make a list last year, it would have been at least in my top 20. It may not have done so well with the press, but I love it. This is one of my favourite songs from the album:

“Lake House” by Beverly

You can buy The Blue Swell via Bandcamp here, or you can buy directly from Kanine Records here.

You can check out the tentative Hopscotch lineup here, and ticket information here.


Our Favorite Albums of 2014 — the full list

All of last week, I shared the list of my 41 favorite new release albums of 2014. I broke the list into sections, and gave a few details about each album.

41 through 31
30 through 21
20 through 11
10 through 6
the top five

I know that a lot of people don’t have time for or don’t care about the details. So here’s the full list:

41) Cheatahs — Cheatahs
40) Soft Science — Detour
39) Sleepy Kitty — Projection Room
38) Haunted Hearts — Initiation
37) The History of Colour TV — When Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love
36) Bleeding Rainbow — Interrupt
35) Be Forest — Earthbeat
34) SPC ECO — The Art of Pop
33) Mono — Rays of Darkness
32) We Need Secrets — Melancholy and The Archive
31) Aerofall — Aerofall
30) Explosions in The Sky — Lone Survivor soundtrack
29) Fear of Men — Loom
28) The Antlers — Familiars
27) The Twilight Sad — Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
26) Beverly — Careers
25) Spotlight Kid — Ten Thousand Hours
24) Tiny Ruins — Brightly Painted One
23) The Rural Alberta Advantage — Mended With Gold
22) The Capsules — The Long Goodbye
21) A Sunny Day in Glasgow — Sea When Absent
20) September Girls — Cursing the Sea
19) Whirr — Sway
18) The New Pornographers — Brill Bruisers
17) Sylvan Esso — Sylvan Esso
16) Jess Williamson — Native State
15) Lowtide — Lowtide
14) Grouper — Ruins
13) Snowbird — Moon
12) Eternal Summers — The Drop Beneath
11) Roku Music — Collide
10) Weeknight — Post-Everything
9) Strata Florida — Made of Stars
8) Mono — The Last Dawn
7) Allo Darlin’ — We Come From the Same Place
6) Jessica Lea Mayfield — Make My Head Sing…
5) Alvvays — Alvvays
4) Angel Olsen — Burn Your Fire For No Witness
3) Mogwai — Rave Tapes
2) Lightfoils — Hierarchy
1) The Casket Girls — True Love Kills The Fairy Tale

Go back and read the posts if you want the details on where to buy these records. Support labels. Support local shops. Buy things in physical format. Please do not, however, buy cassette tapes. Some labels and some bands think it’s cute to release things on cassette. Worse yet, some bands and some labels are releasing things exclusively on cassette. It is and always was a terrible format. The trend will go away eventually, but it’ll go away sooner if we stop encouraging them.


Our Favorite Albums of 2014 from 20 to 11

We’re still counting down my favorite albums of 2014. I decided to list 41 albums this year. Not for any particular reason. I started the countdown the other day with numbers 41 counting down to 31, and continued with 30 down to 21. Today, we continue the countdown.

September Girls — Cursing the Sea

20) September Girls — Cursing the Sea This fuzzy noise-pop/post-punk five piece from Dublin formed in 2011 and after a bunch of impressive singles, they released their debut album in January via Fortuna Pop. It turned a lot of heads, but somehow, I was really late to the boat on this one. I didn’t even know about this album until Kanine Records announced that they had signed the band to a deal and that Kanine would release a new September Girls EP in late November. The band is named after the Big Star song of the same name (but different spelling), but they owe their sound more to The Jesus & Mary Chain. Click on the album artwork to go to the Fortuna Pop web store. Also enjoy this song:

Whirr — Sway

19) Whirr — Sway This is the second album by the San Francisco shoegaze band, and the first since vocalist Kristina Esfandiari left the band to start side projects Miserable and King Woman. The small, Savannah-based Graveface Records only released a few full-length albums this year, but they’re all VERY good. This album was released in late September, but it’s gotten a ton of play around here. It’s loud and fuzzy and crazily rhythmic. It’s got all the floaty, dreamy beauty of Slowdive and all the blood-from-the-ears of A Place to Bury Strangers. Click the album artwork above to go to the Graveface Records web store, where you’ll have to scroll down just a bit to get to Sway. Also, enjoy this song.

The New Pornographers — Brill Bruisers

18) The New Pornographers — Brill Bruisers This is the sixth long player by the iconic Vancouver-based indie rock band. These guys always make good albums, but this is probably my favorite since 2003’s Electric Version. Just a few weeks ago, I got to see them live for only the second time, and I was really excited that it was in a rock club as opposed to a seated venue or a theater. It was the last night of the tour, and if they were exhausted, they sure didn’t show it. It was a great, enthusiastic show with lots of older stuff mixed in with the new.
Click on the album artwork above to go to the Matador Records web store. And because New Pornographers videos are always lots of fun, enjoy this one:

Sylvan Esso — Sylvan Esso

17) Sylvan Esso — Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso is an electro-pop duo from Durham. They are Amelia Meath (who is one-third of the Vermont indie-folk vocal trio Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (who used to be in the Milwaukee indie band Decibully and the Durham psychedelic folk band Megafaun). They never really meant to make an album, but this one is ending up on a lot of year-end top ten lists. This has gotten tons of plays at my house, and while this kind of album isn’t the kind of thing I normally listen to, I can’t stay away from this one. Some of the album is too laptoppy for my taste, but I don’t think there’s much better than the brilliant chorus in “Uncatena”

All I want from you is a letter
And to be your distant lover
That is all that I can offer at this time

I could listen to that all day long. Click on the album artwork above to go to the Partisan Records web store. Also, enjoy this video of them performing the aforementioned song for KEXP.

Jess Williamson — Native State

16) Jess Williamson — Native State This is the debut record from the Austin, Texas folk songstress. She got an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, then moved New York City to pursue a MFA degree in photography. After a while, though, she remembered that music is what she loves best. She returned to Austin and got to work on her album, which was released in January via her own Brutal Honest label. At just seven songs and 28 minutes, some people would argue that this isn’t a proper album. She’s calling it an album, and it’s a fantastic one. I’m not gonna argue. Click on the album artwork above to go to the bandcamp page where you can download the album, or click here to go to her web store, where you can buy it on limited edition Texas state flag vinyl. Here’s the title track:

Lowtide — Lowtide

15) Lowtide — Lowtide This melodic shoegaze/dream pop band from Melbourne has been playing together since 2010. They put out an EP in 2010, a critically acclaimed 7″ single in 2011. The press and their fans have been eagerly anticipating their debut long player, which finally came out in July via the tiny Aussie label Lost and Lonesome.
Click on the album artwork above to go to the L&L web store. Also, enjoy this song:

Grouper — Ruins

14) Grouper — Ruins Ruins is the tenth studio album by Portland, Oregon ambient pop musician Liz Harris. She goes by the stage name Grouper, and normally, her records are full of guitars, tape loops, and her voice. To say that her music is “dreamy” would be an understatement: she once made an album that was specifically designed to make people drift in and out of sleep while listening, and she once played a show that was seven hours of tape loops during which the audience was actually encouraged to go to sleep. This new album is quite different. It’s just upright piano and vocals. It’s really stripped down, and it was recorded on a four-track. There’s a lot of “incidental” and very “rural” noises captured in the recording: the low rumble of distant thunder, rain on a tin roof, frogs croaking. They definitely add some texture to an already beautiful album. Nothing fancy at all, but it’s really fantastic. Breathtaking, even. Although the album was recorded three years ago in Portugal, it was released on Halloween of this year via Kranky. I had an opportunity to see Grouper at the 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival, but I skipped her set. I won’t pass up the next opportunity I have to see her. Click on the album artwork above to go to the Kranky web store. Also, enjoy this song:

Snowbird — Moon

13) Snowbird —Moon Snowbird is an ambient dream-pop duo from London. One half of the band is former Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde. The other half is vocalist Stephanie Dosen. She grew up on a peacock farm in Wisconsin and taught herself to play guitar at a young age. Apparently, she used to perform some of her early songs for a fox and a swan who lived on her family’s farm. Many years later, Simon Raymonde discovered her, and he helped her put out a record on his Bella Union label. Moon is the first album they made together as Snowbird, and it was released in January via Bella Union. Both the physical and the digital copies of the album featured a bonus disc of remixes. The proper album is amazing, and some of the remixes are as good or better than the original.
Because this is Simon Raymonde and a singer who he has more or less molded, this album sounds a lot like late-era Cocteau Twins. Yes. Although she sings in plain English, Dosen’s style is similar to the way Liz Fraser was sounding on those last two Cocteaus records. Apparently, this album was made with Raymonde in London and Dosen was stuck in North Carolina working out some visa issues.

Click on the album artwork above to go to the Bella Union web shop. Also enjoy this song:

Just for fun, here’s an official video for the “RX Gibbs” remix of the same song. It’s on that bonus disc.

Eternal Summers — The Drop Beneath

12) Eternal Summers — The Drop Beneath This is the third album from the Roanoke, Virginia dream-punk/indie pop band, and the first since expanding from a duo to a trio. Although they had already put out two albums, I didn’t catch wind of Eternal Summers until a couple of weeks before they released The Drop Beneath in March via Kanine Records. This is one of those bands who I fell in love with after literally three seconds of listening to one of their songs. I was excited about an opportunity to see them live back in the spring, but I missed that show. I was excited that they were a last-minute addition to the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival lineup. I had two chances to see them that weekend, but my schedule only permitted me to see them once. It was during the day party stuff, and it was in the Contemporary Art Museum with its very high ceilings, lots of steel and glass. The acoustics are bad for live music, and the room is too big. Despite these obstacles, Eternal Summers played a great set, and they were a highlight of the festival for me.
Click on the album artwork above to go back to the Kanine Records web shop, where you should already have things in your cart. Also, because this video is incredible:

Roku Music — Collider

11) Roku Music — Collider
This is the astonishing debut record by the Brisbane shoegazers. They formed in 2012, but now they’re a four-piece. They’re heavily influenced obviously by My Bloody Valentine, and while a lot of times that ends up being a lazy reference point, these guys have made a record that actually does remind me of My Bloody Valentine. Their album was released this spring via the Aussie label Sonic Masala. There’s a lot of fantastic shoegazey stuff coming from “the seventh continent” these days, and Roku Music is among the finest of that lot. This is another album that took me about four seconds to fall totally in love with even though I had never heard of the band before. I only caught wind of them in the first week of November. I immediately bought the album, and it’s been in really heavy rotation since then. Physical copies of Collider have been sold out for some time now, so click on the album artwork above to get to the Sonic Masala bandcamp page, where you can buy a digital download. As with a lot of albums on my year-end list, I recommend that you play this album really loud.

Because I’m sort of in video mode now, here’s a great video for the album-closing “You”

We’re now down to the final ten. I’ll probably break the final ten albums in half, and share numbers 10 thru 6 sometime Friday afternoon (my time) and the final five sometime Saturday afternoon. At some point, I might also share a list of albums that didn’t quite make the list, and maybe another list of albums that disappointed me. Maybe another list of EPs. I’ve always promise those things in years past, but I’ve never produced such auxiliary lists. Don’t hold your breath.


Our Favorite Albums of 2014 from 30 to 21

I’m in the middle of my year-end list. Or at least in the middle of sharing said list. The list about my favorite albums of 2014.

While I listed 26 albums in 2012 and 40 in 2013, I decided to list 41 this year. Why 41? No reason. It’s completely arbitrary.

I’m a really big fan of female fronted bands and I’m a really big fan of shoegazey stuff, so almost every album on this list is one, the other, or even both of those things. A lot of records that I like didn’t make the final list. A couple of records that wouldn’t normally be “my thing” made the list. This list is about full-length new release albums. No EPs. No compilations. No reissues. Nothing like that

The countdown started with numbers 41-31 and the countdown will continue with numbers 30-21.

Explosions in The Sky — Lone Survivor OST

30)Explosions in The Sky — Lone Survivor I don’t really like the idea of including motion picture soundtracks, but I really like this one, and I’m willing to bend my rule, just as I did last year with Mogwai’s Les Revenants, which is the soundtrack for the French language television show of the same name. This is the third time that the Texas post-rock band has collaborated with director Peter Berg. They provided music for the decent movie Friday Night Lights and the phenomenal television series of the same name. EITS hasn’t made a proper studio album since 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, which was my ninth favorite non-Canadian album of 2011. They’ve been really busy, though. They did the soundtrack for last year’s movie Prince Avalanche, then this, then another soundtrack for something called Manglehorn, which was also directed by Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green. Technically speaking, the Lone Survivor soundtrack isn’t an EITS album because it has four songs by another musician, but it’s still a really great album. Click on the artwork to buy it from Amazon.

Fear of Men — Loom

29)Fear of Men — Loom This Brighton, England lo-fi dream-pop band has been crushing it since 2010 with a long series of well-received singles, and a singles compilation last year. This spring, they finally released their much-anticipated debut record via Kanine Records. This is another in a line of great 2014 releases from that label. The members of Fear of Men say that they are as equally influenced by the fantastic Birmingham band Broadcast as they are by the 20th century French erotic writer Anaïs Nin. She of “Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller” fame. And speaking of Broadcast, it’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly four years since Trish Keenan passed away. Anyway, Loom is a fantastic record, and despite what they say, it makes me think of neither Broadcast nor Anaïs Nin. As a reference point, I’ll offer the Canadian dream-pop duo Memoryhouse. Click on the album artwork above to buy the album from Kanine. Also, enjoy this song:

The Antlers — Familiars

28)The Antlers — Familiars On a snowy day in January 2010, a friend recommended The Antlers’ 2009 album Hospice to me, and I fell in love with it immediately. The Brooklyn indie rock band has released two albums since then, and this year’s Familiars is their fifth album overall since they formed in 2006. Peter Silberman has backed off just a skosh from his distinctive trademark falsetto on this record, which is their first since 2011’s Burst Apart, but even in a “guitar-based” band, this is all about his vocals. And his writing. The reason I bring up that bit about my friend recommending Hospice to me on a snowy day is that I remember it vividly, and it also gives me an excuse to reference a great line from one of the best songs on Familiars

Right when the blizzard ends, they throw a fucking huge parade
A great excuse for celebration of the mess they made
But when the streets get flooded, we know what proximity’s worth
Coz we’re already here in the same place when our phones don’t work

That song –“Parade”– is a standout on a very good album. Click the artwork above to buy the album from the band’s official web store. Also enjoy the song “Parade” here:

The Twilight Sad — Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave


27)The Twilight Sad — Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave This is the fourth album from the “perennially unhappy” Scottish indie rockers, and its October release meant that I didn’t get to spend as much time with it as I probably should. But I like it. A lot. No matter what that impossible to please reviewer from Pitchfork says about it. Seriously, that Ian Cohen dude hasn’t liked any album since Pinkerton. I’ve made extensive comments about that guy before, but I’ll leave it alone for now. Some people are calling it the best Scottish record of the year, and while I can’t get behind that claim, it’s my second favorite Scottish record of the year. Click on the album artwork above to buy the album, and enjoy this song:

Beverly — Careers

26)Beverly — Careers Beverly is the newest Brooklyn-based indie rock band fronted by the wonderful Miss Frankie Rose, who has released some really amazing records both on her own and as a former member of Dum Dum girls. Really, what can anyone say, and what superlatives can be offered that haven't been said and offered before? I really want to put this record higher on my list, but in terms of albums that I keep listening to again and again and again, I just can't put it any higher than this. Seriously, though, this is a brilliant record. If you like "doomgaze", if you like c-86 revival, if you like cuddlepunk, this is a record that you will love. Click on the artwork above to buy the album from Kanine Records. Also, enjoy this song:

Spotlight Kid — Ten Thousand Hours

25)Spotlight Kid —Ten Thousand Hours This is the third album by the Nottingham shoegaze band, and another of many spectacular releases by the Texas-based Saint Marie Records. This one came out in March, and spent a long time in heavy rotation at my house. It’s fuzzy and gazey and airy and delay-laden, and really beautiful. Remember that great song “Bit Part” on The Lemonheads’ masterpiece album It’s a Shame About Ray, where Evan sings “I just want a bit part in your life. I walk-on would be fine…”? That’s one thing, where the guy is okay with being that. On this album, there’s a song “A Minor Character”, where Katty Heath sings “You are such a minor character in my life”, and it’s not meant to make the guy feel fine about it. It’s cold, and it’s hurtful, and it’s magnificent. Click on the album artwork above to go back to the SMR web store, where you should already have a bunch of albums in your cart. Also, Enjoy this song that I was just telling you about:

Tiny Ruins — Brightly Painted One

24)Tiny Ruins — Brightly Painted OneThis indie-folk band is based in Aukland, New Zealand, but is fronted by Bristolian Hollie Fullbrook. This is their second full-length album, following 2011’s Some Were Meant For Sea. I had never heard of this band until they were announced as the support act for Sharon Van Etten on her recent North American tour. You may recall that Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp was my third favorite record of 2012, and I had very high hopes for this year’s Are We There. I was disappointed by the album, and I was completely underwhelmed by Ms. Van Etten’s portion of the show that I saw a couple of months ago. Spoiler alert: you won’t find Are We There anywhere in my 2014 list. On the flip side, I was completely blown away by the Tiny Ruins set that night. I had already purchased a digital copy of the Tiny Ruins album, but I went ahead and bought a physical copy of it that night. Because that’s the right thing to do. If you happen to live in the United States, the only way to buy this album without spending an arm and a leg is to buy it at a show. Even if you have to spend $40, it’s really worth it. Click on the album artwork above to go to the Flying Nun web store. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the price. If this song here doesn’t make you smile, then your heart is made of stone:

The Rural Alberta Advantage — Mended With Gold

23)The Rural Alberta Advantage — Mended With Gold This is the third full-length effort from the Toronto indie rock/folk trio. It’s been said that they made an effort to make this album sound like their live shows. I’ve seen this band once in concert and I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be, but I’ve loved both of their previous records, so I don’t really know what to think of that assessment. One of many things that’s always said about RAA is that Paul Banwatt is a ridiculously good drummer. He’s technical, he’s got speed, and he’s got crazy creativity. Listen closely to their records, or see them live, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Another thing that’s often said is that they’re like a Canadian-er, closer to earth, more approachable version of Neutral Milk Hotel. If Neutral Milk Hotel had a staggeringly beautiful woman in their midst.
Click the album artwork above to go to the Saddle Creek Records web store, where you can buy the album. Also, enjoy this song:

The Capsules — The Long Goodbye

22) The Capsules — The Long Goodbye
This synth-pop/dream-pop band from Dallas may be new to me this year, but they’ve released five albums since 2002. They were signed to Saint Marie Records last year and released their new album via SMR this spring. Julie Shields’ unique vocal style is mesmerizing, and it’s easy to get completely lost in this über-dreamy record, which clocks in at just under an hour long. Click on the album artwork above to go back to the SMR shop to add this album to your bulging cart. Also, enjoy this song:

A Sunny Day in Glasgow — Sea When Absent

21)A Sunny Day in Glasgow — Sea When AbsentThis is the fourth album by the Philadelphia dream-pop/shoegaze band. They’ve been around for eight years, and they’ve gone through a ton of lineup changes with the only permanent member being frontman Ben Daniels. At one point, both of his twin sisters Robin and Lauren were in the band, but they both had real life to tend to, so they both left and were replaced by other female singers. While the lineup has changed quite a lot, what’s remained constant is the booze-soaked, fuzzy, sexy, dreaminess of their sound. The new album was released in late June via Lefse Records and was met with exceptionally good reviews. Click on the album artwork above to go to the Lefse web store. Also, enjoy this song:

We’re halfway through the list. I’ll take tomorrow off and the countdown will continue with albums 20-11 on Christmas Day. The plan is to have the top ten posted on Boxing Day.


09.29.2014 — “Talking” by September Girls

September Girls

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Talking” by September Girls (2014, from the album Cursing The Sea).

September Girls is a fuzzy noise pop/post-punk five-piece from Dublin. The band’s name is derived from the Big Star song “September Gurls” (1974, from the album Radio City). They spell their name differently, though. They also, as the story goes, took the name not from the original song, but specifically from the cover of said song as done by The Bangles (1986, from the album Different Light). Okay.

September Girls formed in 2011, and early this year they released their debut album via London-based label Fortuna Pop!. There’s heavy influence from bands like The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Cure as well as the countless bands that were inspired by “the Phil Spector sound”, and even a bit of The Ramones. It’s not uncommon for people to say something like “they’re a slightly sweeter version of The Jesus and Mary Chain”. There’s a huge wall of feedback and delay-laden guitar sound backed by some very heavy-handed drumming and a bass that might be described as Hook-y. In some ways, the album sounds like something that might have come out in 1979, but in other ways, it also sounds very fresh and new.

Somehow, this very good album slipped under my radar, and I had never even heard of the band until I saw the other day that Kanine Records had welcomed the band to their roster. More to the point, the label was announcing that the band will be releasing an EP entitled Veneer on November 24. This morning, Consequence of Sound debuted the title track from that EP, and it’s very good. Check it out here.

More importantly, though, you should first listen to tonight’s song.

“Talking” by September Girls

I really love the bass in this song, just barely peeking over the metaphorical wall of sound. I’ve listened to the album and this song in particular a BUNCH of times today. Every time, I get such a thrill from the sensation of being spun in different directions simultaneously. There’s something dizzying and confusing and intoxicating and sexy about it. The guitars and vox have me spinning in a clockwise motion at one speed while the bass and drums have me spinning anti-clockwise at a different speed. I sort of wish that they had produced it such that the guitars and vox were in one channel and the bass and drums in the other.

I have to admit that the first time I listened to this album, I was in my car and I didn’t “get it”. I thought the songs were good, but I felt like something was missing. I listened again on big speakers and had a similar experience. Finally, I listened through my fancy earbuds and I absolutely loved it. The whole album, but especially this song. I’ll encourage you to skip steps one and two, go directly to your good earbuds. I’ll also encourage you to play it really loudly on big speakers, but I really think you should hear it on good earbuds first.

The album came out in January, and since I missed the boat on it, I’ve been making up for lost time by playing it a lot today.

Speaking of which, you can buy the album from the Fortuna Pop! web store here. You can also pre-order Veneer via Kanine here.


08.08.2014 — “Coasts” by Leave the Planet

Leave the Planet

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Coasts” by Leave the Planet (2014, from the “Coasts/Sarah, Where Are You” digital single).

Leave the Planet is a lo-fi shoegaze/dream pop duo from London. As the story goes, Nathalia Bruno moved into the same apartment building as Jack Milwaukee, they discovered that they had similar taste in music, and they decided to start a band. They’re both huge fans of Galaxie 500, and they named their band after the Galaxie 500 song “Leave the Planet” (1990, from the album On Fire).

The band is signed to Kanine Records, which is home to a lot of really great bands. Last night, the Kanine Records social media person posted this song to their feed, and I fell in love with it right away.

This is that song:
“Coasts” by Leave the Planet

It’s got distant-sounding fuzzy guitars, a Cocteaus-esque drum machine bit, and warm synths. Beneath all of that, Bruno’s reverb-drenched vocals sit way low in the mix. It simultaneously sounds like classic dream-pop and also like something fresh. I guess I can lump them in with other outstanding dream-pop duos Beach House and Memoryhouse.

This is a mesmerizing song. I listened to it late last night, and it stayed in my head all morning. As I usually do, I’ve listened to the song over and over while I write, and I know that I’ll be thinking about those hooks for the rest of the day.

The single will be released digitally on August 12. You can order your copy here.


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