Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox is one brilliant man and on his infectious third solo album he’s outdone himself with spacey, wistful psychedelic indie pop.
Free Association: These songs are so well-written they feel like gifts waiting to be opened.
For Fans Of: Stereolab + Brian Eno, Sigur Ros x R.E.M./B-52’s, alien gay crooners.
Sounds Like: The Florida-born rookies’ first EP and second release after their solid debut is more pleasant, easy- listenin’ guitar-heavy, sunny surf rock.
Free Association: This’ll keep the music nerds’ panties wet until the next full-length.
For Fans Of: The Drums x Fang Island, the Shins n’ Feelies, Pitchfork favorites.
Long Live The King
Sounds Like: An outtakes EP from The King Is Dead that’s as exciting as it sounds with sad tales told in their spaghetti western style before a reported hiatus—hallelujah!
Free Association: I do you favors, these are 25 minutes of my life that will never return.
For Fans Of: The Pogues x Neutral Milk Hotel, Figurines, shit bands taking breaks.
PW's Music Issue 2014