On the Record: Tanlines, the Cranberries & More

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By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Mar. 21, 2012

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Ssss

(Mute U.S.)

Sounds Like: Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) and Vince Clarke (DM, Yaz and Erasure) team up for a minimal, wordless, techno-flavored electronic dance music LP.

Free Association: Pretty far from Depeche Mode, but at 3 a.m. you’ll TOTALLY hear it.

For Fans Of: Daft Punky DJs, Tiesto and the like, raving like there’s no tomorrow.

Xiu Xiu

Always

(Polyvinyl)

Sounds Like: Jamie Stewart’s always-weird-but-brilliant spin on rock is chaotic beauty fueled by heavy emotions, fiery politics and mind-bendingly grotesque lyrics.

Free Association: Every curse in the book’s employed here, and to devastating effect.

For Fans Of: Deerhoof + Perfume Genius x therapy, Lightning Bolt/gay porn.

Dunes

Noctiluca

(PPM)

Sounds Like: Three band orphans living together in an L.A. house started playing around on guitars and came up with this gorgeous, darkly lit reverb-heavy dreamscape.

Free Association: A post-punk lady-led three-piece into psychedelics is an easy sell.

For Fans Of: Talbot Tagora x Siouxsie Sioux, good Dum Dum Girls, California kush.

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