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Wilder Mind by Mumford and Sons

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From fast-paced banjo and iconic lyrics of “And I will wait, I will wait for you,” Mumford and Sons jar listeners with their new album Wilder Mild. The first strike of the electric guitar from the opening song “Tompkins Square Park” shows that the band has evolved. They walked away from their banjos and mandolins…

Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack by Luca Guadagnio

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Call Me By Your Name: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the musical counterpart for Oscar-award winning movie Call Me By Your Name. The soundtrack varies from the intricate piano of John Adams’ “Hallelujah Junction – 1st Movement” to Sufjan Stevens’ soft, heavy-hearted love songs. The music takes the listener on an emotional journey. One of…

Buoys By Panda Bear

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Noah Lennox, drummer and vocalist for Animal Collective, recently released Buoys — a wonderfully minimalist slice of floaty pop experimentation. As his sixth release under the name Panda Bear, it’s less avant-garde than the critically beloved Person Pitch while retaining more complexity than the poppy Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Buoys is an excellent…

Blood Bank by Bon Iver

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At this point, 2019 has been rather unimpressive on the new album front, so we’re turning our eyes (and ears) a decade back to a 2009 classic.

First Collection 2006-2009 by Fleet Foxes

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Many post-indie twenty-somethings — myself included — can attribute the birth of their musical consciousness to a small handful of albums, frequently, with Fleet Foxes’ self-titled record on that list.

Spell #6 by Part Time

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David Loca’s sixth official release under the Part Time moniker is a testament to the efficacy of a well-developed tone and perspective. Looping rhythms carry familiar dreamscape-type vocals paired with, and sometimes buried by, synth sounds, and the album maintains a very mellow vibe throughout. A collaboration between Part Time and Ariel Pink titled “I…

boygenius by boygenius

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Melancholic and soft, this debut release from songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus plays like a longing lullaby. The group’s moniker is intended as commentary on gendered themes and as a means to highlight their femme-focused ensemble. Simple riffs and melting melodies compose each track, coming together to explore the typical tropes of…

Highway Dancer by Calvin Love

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Songwriters are no strangers to loneliness. While some create soundscapes to seek solace from isolation, fewer choose to immerse themselves in it. With his new album, Highway Dancer, Edmonton-raised Calvin Love embraces the void and encourages listeners to do the same. Like a deep-space desperado on a lonesome interstellar journey, Love hitches classic conceits in…

Dose Your Dreams by Fucked Up

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Over the last decade, Toronto band Fucked Up has become a mainstay of the Canadian music scene. Their newest album, Dose Your Dreams, is an excellent 18-track project. Features from Jennifer Castle and J Mascis — of Dinosaur Jr. — help bring different vocal contrasting throughout the re- cord, especially towards the end, as lead…

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