Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Toro Y Moi
Underneath The Pine
Sounds Like: The sophomore from the South Carolina chillwave (yup, usin’ it) pioneer is a delightful mix of effects, beats, creepy sounds and sunny laziness.
Free Association: “New Beat” has potential Song of the Summer status. It’s that good!
For Fans Of: Neon Indian x Caribou, Washed Out, open windows, stunner shades.
Dye It Blonde
Sounds Like: Young garage punks from Chicago come to life on a studio-produced label debut that focuses on their love of glam, T. Rex, and ecstatic lo-fi energy.
Free Association: Basically Thin Lizzy in 2011, like Free Energy but less bro-y.
For Fans Of: Bowie, Steely Dan + ZZ Top, denim vests, cold beer in a can.
Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Sounds Like: Lovely guitar ditties from Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile; blurry, but gorgeous meditations on being stoned in the sun and in a successful indie band.
Free Association: We’re a bit saturated with this stuff lately, but he still does it beautifully.
For Fans Of: Beach Boys x MGMT, NJ beach jamz, zone-out tunes.
PW's Music Issue 2014