We couldn't be happier to watch Angel Olsen's shift from wispy folk to raucous lo-fi. The latest from the rising star's upcoming LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, sees Olsen taking on classic country with lines like "I'm so lonely I could cry." "High-Five" would have been a hit had it dropped 30 years ago, but it's still terrific today.
When it comes to frank discussions about intimacy set to catchy indie-rock melodies, Kevin Drew is almost unrivaled. The Broken Social Scene front man's new LP is supposedly a frank ode to relationships, and "Good Sex" is about exactly what its title suggests.
Saint Pepsi (a.k.a. Ryan DeRobertis) may be new to the electronic-music scene, but he's already established a trademark sound. "Mr. Wonderful" is a dance number with oddly organic synths and shuffling percussion. In fact, everything this guy has released has been sensational (seek out his "Call Me Maybe" remix, if you can), and we can't wait to hear more.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)"
A Sunny Day in Glasgow does heartfelt indie pop better than just about anyone else these days. The band's wonderfully titled new track, "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)," is one of the band's most anthemic yet, with dueling male-female vocals and a massive chorus that's exceptionally hummable.
"Was It a Dream"
Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler mixes gothic tones with classic folk tropes. "Was It a Dream" is a brittle, beautiful track strummed out on acoustic guitar. After all, sometimes the most beautiful songs are also the most stark and simple.
With "Wanderlust," Wild Beasts builds an anthem out of a simple arpeggio that grows into something huge. And, the track's evocative synth-pop is made more epic by the video, which features a cast of regular folks and athletes moving through their own surreal worlds.