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New In Rotation (4-4-17)
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
FJM makes it no secret how he feels about this new presidency. His music is typically dripping in satire, and in Pure Comedy, that is as evident as ever.
Sneaks – It’s a Myth
This is a sleeper for one of the coolest records of the year so far. On Merge Records, this is a short, sweet, bass-bumpin’, drum machine crankin’ blast.
Juliana Hatfield – Pussycat
While a little more country-influenced, this album from Juliana Hatfield reminds of indie rock studettes, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen.
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff
Toro Y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, paired up with psych jazz group, The Mattson 2, for this bizarre and awe-inspiring project that reminds of other weird groups like Unknown Mortal Orchestra or Drugdealer.
RF Shannon – Jaguar Palace
Fans of the brilliant solo project from Matthew Houck, Phosphorescent, should adore this beautiful mixture of shoegaze and Americana.
1. Real Estate – In Mind
Real Estate are about as sure thing as you’ll find in indie rock. Their beautiful, relaxing and consistent jangle pop got a refresher this time around with their fourth record (along with their changed band lineup). Add in some synths and sharper sounds to the the pleasantries experienced during Real Estate, Days, and Atlas, and you’ve got a new twist on greatness.
2. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
You can’t go wrong with Spoon and this track shows why. This single off their new album Hot Thoughts is a smooth stylish hook that hits you with its groove.
3. The Shins – Heartworms
The band everyone knows for their single off of their 2001 debut (Oh, Inverted World), “New Slang,” is about as consistent as it gets as far as folk rock bands go. They’ve had four solid albums since their acclaimed debut.
4. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
Hurray For The Riff Raff brings a certain Americana sound with a twist.
5. Jay Som – Everybody Works
Brilliant solo artist, Melina Duterte (aka Jay Som), is quickly back not long after her debut which came on Polyvinyl Records, Turn Into, back in 2016. The music, described as “hard-working dreampop” is catchy as hell.