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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…

Bottle It In by Kurt Vile

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Whether it be of the air or of the mind, there’s a certain haziness that hovers nearby this time of year. While some would try to fight it, Kurt Vile — who is no stranger to walking through this pretty daze himself — uses his latest record, Bottle It In, to encourage listeners to float…

Piano & A Microphone 1983 By Prince

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As the late artist’s first posthumous release, Piano & A Microphone 1983 intimately encapsulates an entire musical legacy. A look behind the curtain, so to speak, the LP was unveiled by Prince’s estate on Sept. 21 and comes from deep within the artist’s personal archives. Piano & A Microphone 1983 was initially recorded in one…

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