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Timber Timbre – “Hot Dreams”

Slow-dancing and sexed-up saxophones aren’t exactly typical of mellow folk-rockers Timber Timbre, but on new track “Hot Dreams” they seem comfortable with the stylistic direction. “Hot Dreams” play...
 
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Selles – “Fading Moments”

Selles’ “Fading Moments” uses an ambient, chillwave atmosphere to reflect the frailty of life in its structure and tones. This psychedelic trek is led by a droning synthesizer with tones that fade in and out, like a flick...

 
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Legs Like Tree Trunks – “Anchorage”

From the drop of the first stick, “Anchorage” is a salute to the healing qualities of an uplifting guitar melody. Included on the September 2012 EP Future Reference, this track is laced with accomplished lyricism. T...
 
Rock
 

Baby Baby – “Keep Me Under Your Arms”

Baby Baby is a very promising garage-rock group out of Chicago, able to churn out a ferocious, hook-filled sound despite youthfulness and relatively lo-fi production methods. Like on early Deerhunter and Ariel Pink records, the...

 
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RCRDS – “I Feel Dizzy”

It sometimes happens that, when I’m driving through the familiar streets of Cape Town, my mind wanders away from the task at hand. Yet during this trance, I do not crash or do anything out of line. Instead, I drive unerri...
 
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The Derevolutions – “Automate Your Soul”

Sample-savvy songwriter The Derevolutions released a new track in “Automate Your Soul”, which incorporates a variety of playful vocal samples to assemble its poppy, synth-like lead. Brett Boucher hands off vocal dut...

 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

Mode Moderne – “Grudges Crossed”

Mode Moderne have that dark post-punk thing down pat, with added versatility to boot. Their full-length, Occult Delight, spans from “melodic mope-pop” in The Smiths’ vein, such as “Baby Bunny”, to ...
 
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Travis Bretzer – “Low Volt”

When I stumbled across Travis Bretzer’s “Lady Red” a year ago, I assumed the jangle-pop songwriter would be signed by year’s end. As it turned out, the stylistically compatible label Mexican Summer scoop...

 
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Gumshen – “Bell Ringer”

The wide-ranging “Bell Ringer” is an enjoyable seven-minute microcosm of Gumshen, a Seattle-based group that incorporates thumping electronica and several variations of rock music, ranging from classic pysch-rock to...
 
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Mac DeMarco – “Passing Out Pieces”

The intro of “Passing Out Pieces” resembles hazy Tame Impala psych-rock more than it does the usual jangle-pop work of Mac DeMarco. It only takes a half-minute, though, before DeMarco’s trademark hypnotic voca...