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Beach House: Depression Cherry
Buy! - (Sub Pop)
This Baltimore duo’s fifth album is another beautifully crafted set of atmospheric dream-pop with a floating, reverb-drenched sound combining droning organ, shimmering synths, chiming guitars and hypnotic drum-machine rhythms with Victoria Legrand’s dusky vocals, cryptic lyrics and melancholy melodies. 8/21/2015 - Don Yates

Other Beach House album reviews:

Bloom - 4/27/2012
Teen Dream - 1/11/2010

The School: Wasting Away
Buy! - (Elefant)
The third album from this 8-piece Welsh band led by Liz Hunt is a sweet set of ‘60s-steeped pop reminiscent of Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian. The album’s lush pop sound combines guitars, keyboards, strings, horns and a variety of percussion with breathy, plaintive vocals, lovelorn lyrics and wistful melodies on sturdily crafted songs ranging from swinging Motown-indebted tunes to atmospheric ‘60s girl-group ballads. 8/21/2015 - Don Yates

Tamaryn: Cranekiss
Buy! - (Mexican Summer)
The third album of atmospheric dream-pop from this New Zealand expatriate now living in New York finds her moving away from the shoegazerish guitar-focused sound of her first two records in favor of a more electronic-oriented sound with shimmering synths and drum-machine rhythms accompanying her breathy vocals and intimate lyrics. 8/21/2015 - Don Yates

Other Tamaryn album reviews:

Tender New Signs - 10/19/2012
The Waves - 12/3/2010

The Internet: Ego Death
Buy! - (Odd Future)
The Internet are a Los Angeles outfit centered around core members Syd the Kid and Matthew Martin. Although they have roots in the Odd Future collective, their third album continues to forge their own eclectic and distinctive sonic path that adventurously blends R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and electronics into their own thrilling sound. Syd’s sultry, stirring vocals share the spotlight with the group’s elastic arrangements. Janelle Monáe, Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa, and Kaytranada make guest appearances. 8/21/2015 - Alex

Julio Bashmore: Knockin' Boots
Buy! - (Broadwalk)
Following a consistently hot string of singles and EPs for labels such as dirtybird, 3024, PMR, Futureboogie, and his own label Broadwalk, Bristol, UK-based DJ/producer Julio Bashmore unleashes a fantastic debut full-length that ecstatically encapsulates his love of classic house music sprinkled with R&B and bass flavors. Seven Davis Jr, Sam Dew, BIXBY, Okmalumkoolkat and J’Danna offer their unique guest vocals. 8/21/2015 - Alex

Eskimeaux: OK
Buy! - (Double Double Whammy)
The second album from this NYC-based project spearheaded by Gabrielle Smith is a super strong set of catchy, beat-driven, poetic bedroom pop that carries a notable PNW streak with its similarities to Mirah and S. 8/21/2015 - Alex

Royal Headache: High
Buy! - (What's Your Rupture?)
This Australian band’s second album is another first-rate set of urgent, soul-steeped garage-rock and post-punk, combining buzzing guitars and energetic rhythms with emotive lyrics and lead singer Shogun’s gritty, soulful vocals. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

Other Royal Headache album reviews:

Royal Headache - 5/11/2012

Deradoorian: The Expanding Flower Planet
Buy! - (Anticon)
The solo debut album from former Dirty Projectors bassist/vocalist Angel Deradoorian is an often-enchanting set of psych-tinged avant-pop inflected with traditional Japanese, East Indian, Middle Eastern and other influences from around the globe. The album combines a haunting, trance-inducing sound with her crystalline, elastic vocals and lyrics of self-exploration. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

FKA twigs: M3LL155X EP
Buy! - (Young Turks)
This British artist follows up her masterful debut album with a powerful 5-song EP blending futuristic R&B with deep post-dubstep electronic grooves while also featuring some of her hardest-hitting lyrics to date. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

Other FKA twigs album reviews:

LP1 - 8/6/2014

Cold Beat: Into The Air
Buy! - (Crime On The Moon)
The second album from this Bay Area project spearheaded by former Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew is a bit brighter take on the band’s blend of sparkling New Wave pop and urgent post-punk. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

Other Cold Beat album reviews:

Over Me - 7/3/2014

Noah Gundersen: Carry The Ghost
Buy! - (Dualtone)
This Seattle artist’s second album is another well-crafted set of mostly dark, brooding folk-pop combining a stark, mostly slow-burning sound with Gundersen’s husky, intimate vocals and existential lyrics of self-discovery. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

Other Noah Gundersen album reviews:

Ledges - 1/17/2014

Gibraltar: Elegant Alibis EP
Buy! - (Factory Belt)
This Seattle band’s latest EP is another first-rate set of stormy post-punk with a dark, dramatic sound featuring buzzing angular guitars, hammering piano, punchy rhythms, impassioned vocals and anthemic song hooks. 8/14/2015 - Don Yates

Other Gibraltar album reviews:

The New Century - 2/21/2014

Albert Hammond Jr.: Momentary Lapse of Happily
Buy! - (Vagrant)
The third solo album from the Strokes guitarist is a strong set of wiry and propulsive New Wave-influenced pop-rock with jangly guitars, driving rhythms and sparkling pop hooks. 8/5/2015 - Don Yates

Michael Stasis: RIP III
Buy! - (Arbutus)
This LA-based artist’s latest release (and official label debut) is a strong, diverse set of warped psych-pop reminiscent at times of Ariel Pink, combining a varied sound ranging from motorik psych-rock, ‘70s pop, folk-rock. ‘80s synth-pop and other styles with eccentric, often-satirical lyrics. 8/5/2015 - Don Yates

Ultimate Painting: Green Lanes
Buy! - (Trouble In Mind)
The second album from this British duo comprised of Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls is a strong set of relaxed psych-pop with jangly guitars, easy-flowing rhythms and wistful melodies. 8/5/2015 - Don Yates

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages: Under The Savage Sky
Buy! - (Bloodshot)
This veteran Boston band’s latest album is a first-rate, high-energy blend of primal R&B, raucous jump blues and old-school garage-rock. 8/5/2015 - Don Yates

Other Barrence Whitfield & The Savages album reviews:

Dig Thy Savage Soul - 7/26/2013

Destroyer: Poison Season
Buy! - (Merge)
The 10th Destroyer album from Vancouver, BC’s Dan Bejar is an impressive set of theatrical prog-pop incorporating elements of brooding R&B, warm ‘70s jazz, soaring Springsteen rock, somber chamber-pop and more, combining a lush, mostly dark sound with literate, often-biting lyrics. 8/5/2015 - Don Yates

Other Destroyer album reviews:

Kaputt - 1/14/2011

La Luz: Weirdo Shrine
Buy! - (Hardly Art)
This Seattle band’s second album is another impressive blend of noirish surf-rock and ‘60s girl-group pop. Produced by Ty Segall, the album’s sound is a bit more raw than their debut full-length, combining fierce surf-guitar riffs, eerie keyboards and driving rhythms with ethereal four-part harmonies, often-dark lyrics and captivating pop hooks. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Other La Luz album reviews:

It's Alive - 10/18/2013
Damp Face - 11/2/2012

Georgia: Georgia
Buy! - (Domino)
The debut album from this British producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter is an adventurous, shape-shifting blend of moody electro-pop with grime, R&B, post-punk, baile funk and more, combining loud, fuzzy synths and punchy, hard-hitting beats with her breathy vocals and personal lyrics. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

Worriers: Imaginary Life
Buy! - (Don Giovanni)
The debut full-length from this Brooklyn-based band led by Lauren Denitzio is an impressive set of anthemic pop-punk with crunchy guitars, driving rhythms, often-politically inspired lyrics and sparkling pop hooks. 7/31/2015 - Don Yates

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