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Versing :: 10,000

Focused on the guitar but not so much in keeping things in normal scale systems, this band punches through some heavy dissonance to make for memorable riffs.

Big Thief :: U.F.O.F.

Mysteriously complicated folk music, with the sort of lush guitar arrangements and ethereal vocals that brought 4AD to prominence 30+ years ago.

Cayucas :: Real Life

Clever pop songs, filled with good hooks and ready for mixtapes

The Budos Band :: The Budos Band V

A completely international approach to music, with influences ranging from funk to afrobeat to Balkan brass, blurring genres and locations in a glorious celebration of groove.

Fontaines DC :: Dogrel

Razor-sharp post-punk delivered with a disaffected Irish brogue. Very smart on many levels, recalling The Fall when they were at their most musical

Øzwald :: Sweet Delirium

Sparkling gems, with great ‘70s AM radio hooks and harmonies and incredibly detailed production.

Drunken Prayer :: Cordelia Elsewhere

There’s a handful of acts that can stand out in the vast prairie that makes up modern rural American music, transcending strummy acoustic guitars and introspective lyrics to make something deeper.

John Vanderslice :: The Cedars

A meticulously crafted release, with extreme attention to detail and a great sense of cohesion despite a wide variety of sounds… destined to be a classic.