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By Bill Chenevert
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Toro Y Moi

Underneath The Pine

(Carpark)

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.

Smith Westerns

Dye It Blonde

(Fat Possum)

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

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

(101 Distribution)

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.

Cloud Nothings

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