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[stream] Sylvan Esso // Coffee

My ears haven’t been to the ground much lately to hear what’s coming up from under it, so Sylvan Esso’s forthcoming album has been revelatory to me this past week. “Coffee” is the first – and obvious – single from the album, and it’s indicative of what listeners can expect from the rest of Sylvan…

[stream] Vacationer // The Wild Life

It’s been three years, nearly to the day, since I first heard Vacationer’s fantastic “Trip.” Their debut album, Gone, released in 2012, was one of my personal favorites of that year – all smoothed over like sea glass and perfect for backyards and sunshine. Now, I’m not sure that a band that bills itself as…

[stream] The Pains of Being Pure at Heart // Eurydice

I suppose its somewhat fitting that I am lured back to blogging by a song titled “Eurydice.” If your grasp on Greek mythology is rusty, here’s a short take: Eurydice was the wife of Orpheus, who died after being bitten by a viper. Distraught, Orpheus traveled to the Underworld and played music so beautiful that…

[listen/download] Slow Animal // The Other Side

The first notes of “The Other Side” lull you into the belief that, perhaps, a few extra years in age have softened the edges of Slow Animal’s familiar lo-fi punk sound. It doesn’t take long to shatter that thought. There is an added layer of maturation on a new track entitled “The Other Side,” but…

[listen] Jimi Goodwin // Oh! Whiskey

Though he was likely the driving force of the overall sound of Manchester’s Doves, if it hadn’t been evident prior, it’s obvious now with new track “Oh! Whiskey” that Jimi Goodwin was principally responsible for the band’s folk-centered jaunts. That aspect was never my favorite, but with such a varied base of styles it provided…