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David Kilgour + the Heavy Eights :: Bobbie’s A Girl

Gentle music for a pastoral New Zealand scene, with tappity drums and soft jangles playfully jostling understated vocals.

Babe Rainbow :: Today

An extremely diverse outing, with songs cutting across many genres but sharing a generally sunny and engaging disposition, delivered with casual ease and filled with memorable hooks.

Pixies :: Beneath The Eyrie

Reminiscent of Bossanova-era songwriting, the band continues to make use of twisted lyrics and unexpected melodic flourishes to further iterate on their iconic sound.

Devendra Banhart :: Ma

Orchestral and very intelligent singer-songwriter music that yields some very intricate arrangements without being overwhelming and overwrought.

Twin Peaks :: Lookout Low

Indie rock is evergreen, especially when mixed with elements of psychedelia and southern boogie.

Le Big Zero :: Ollie Oxen Free

Pop jigsaw symphonies, incongruous bits and pieces of songs interlocking together into a hypnotic cascade of rhythms, melodies, and harmonies.

Guaxe :: Paraty, Brazil

Intensely layered psychedelic outing from Brazil, with a collection of instrumentals and softly-sibilant Portuguese designed to transport you on a multicolored rainbow of spices.

Iggy Pop :: Free

Still burning bright, this is an interesting collection of material that has Pop veering from spoken word jazz to menacing indie rock. It’s not fast and loud, but it sure is sneering and in your face.