For Fans Of: Tool + Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan x sedate Deftones, art metal.
Sounds Like: Their much-anticipated second album is as joyous as their debut, full of slick production, electrofunk and high-pitched ecstasy, masking all hints of Christianity.
Free Association: There might not be a “Sleepyhead” track, but it should do the trick.
For Fans Of: Caribou x Four Tet, Death Cab + Sam Sparro, Berklee College bands.
Sounds Like: The Stereolab chanteuse delivers on a wispy, romantic set, and yet under it all, it’s a political protest record shrouded in beautiful ethereal instrumentation.
Free Association: French cooing could be pure rage and hate, and it’d still be pretty.
For Fans Of: Charlotte Gainsbourg x Carla Bruni, Beth Orton broadcasts, socialism.
Sounds Like: A slightly bizarre but not unpleasant mix of tinny, shiny metal guitars and happy, harmonious pop vocals with strong production and summer appeal.
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014