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CHVRCHES

Monday, August 17, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The sophomore album from the Scottish synthpop act CHVRCHES is set for stores – digital or physical – next month. With the LP’s second single released last week, “Never Ending Circles,” the upcoming record sounds ready to continue the legacy of 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, offering crisp and energetic electro-pop tracks, each laced magnificently with the airy sweetness of Lauren Mayberry’s near angelic vocals. Hear both the lead singles below…

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Tame Impala

Monday, July 27, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The third full-length album from Tame Impala, Currents, came out July 17th, and, leading off with the catchy as all get-out “Let It Happen,” this latest release from the Australian act provides dose after delicious dose of electronic, psychedelic rock-pop. Overall, I think the record is a great listen for fans of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album or MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, or perhaps anyone who has ever thought, “I really wish there were more songs that simultaneously remind me of Yeasayer and Michael Jackson.”  For me, stand-out tracks beyond “Let It Happen” include: “Eventually,” “The Less I Know The Better,” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.”

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(And, as a side musical note, also recently released, Wilco dropped a sneaky-surprise album – brazenly titled Star Wars – for FREE. Do your ears a favor, and investigate that a bit.)  

Passion Pit

Monday, April 6, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Released this morning as another audio-glimpse at Passion Pit’s upcoming third album, Kindred, the new track “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)” sounds like the frantic quest of adulthood for something more, something better, perhaps something like what we once had imagine for ourselves. Packed with texture and almost prickling to the senses, the song does seem to inspire movement – if not towards a better home or situation or life, at least towards dancing in the moment. Listen to the new track here.   

Years and Years

Monday, March 16, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Well, I actually think this week’s pick is almost painfully catchy. The latest single from Brit-Australian trio Years & Years, “King,” was released earlier this month and offers an addictive blend of electro-pop beats and R&B-stylized vocals, very representative of the band’s overall sound. Citing influences like Flying Lotus and Radiohead, Years & Years started this year by winning the BBC Sound of 2015, and with “King” already hitting #1 in the UK, that title might be entirely justified.

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Cosmo Sheldrake

Monday, April 21, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

Banjos, whistles, and loop machines, OH MY! Behold the beautiful eccentricity of British multi-instrumentalist Cosmo Sheldrake. Quirky and whimsical, his debut single 'The Moss' combines elements of pastoral ballads and smoother electronic grooves and instances of classic R&B harmony, all for a resulting track that is truly distinctive. While his approach reminds me of Andrew Bird (whom, if you are not familiar with, I recommend checking out IMMEDIATELY), Cosmo's sound is very different and quite refreshing. Diverting from a career in soundtracks and choir instruction, I'm now very curious to see where else Cosmo can and will go.

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