Sounds Like: The Bon Iver percussionist and expert in ethereal percussion-anchored vibes has a real ear for ambience. The singing is almost unnecessary.
Free Association: This poor guy’s always going to be the dude from Bon Iver—not fair.
For Fans Of: Owen Pallett x Sufjan Stevens + auto-tune and glitch, James Blake.
Sounds Like: Hardly a solo album, it’s a BBC Philharmonic Orchestra-backed musical that’s hard to follow—dark, slow, and moody. It sounds nothing like Blur or Gorillaz.
Free Association: Britons and church-goers will be thrilled, pop fans will be confused.
For Fans Of: Peter and the Wolf with Leonard Cohen, operas x Quadrophenia.
Here We Go Magic
A Different Ship
Sounds Like: Super-chill and delicious folk from Brooklyn, their third LP is produced by Nigel Godrich, with flecks of psychedelia, country and funk.
Free Association: Luke Temple’s voice is stellar—smooth, clean, capable and handsome.
PW's Music Issue 2014