Great Lake Swimmers
New Wild Everywhere
Sounds Like: Pretty standard for the Canadian rock quintet who always nail inoffensive, warm and contemplative countrified-chamber folk with searing, clean vocals.
Free Association: This is how Canadian bands do (and do it well); they’re one of the best.
For Fans Of: Galaxie 500/R.E.M./Cowboy Junkies/Damien Jurado, Canuck Americana.
Sounds Like: As it turns out, this is not a comeback and she’s been putting out forgettable records regularly that pale in comparison to “Don’t Take It Personal.”
Free Association: The Brandy duet’s aiight; the Rick Ross joint’s solid; the rest’s just OK.
For Fans Of: Toni Braxton, K-Ci & JoJo/Blackstreet/SWV, mediocre gospel pop.
Of Monsters And Men
My Head Is an Animal
Sounds Like: Anthemic, exuberant chamber rock from an Icelandic six-piece who won a big Battle of the Bands and specialize in dramatically built boy/girl harmonies.
Free Association: Naturally being touted as “the new Arcade Fire”—remember them?
Hostage Calm is cool with the chaos