Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: Bradford Cox and Co. astound again with a blissful, low-fi noise-pop gem of a record full of weird sounds, harmonies and dreamy production.
Free Association: Liked that Atlas Sound record, didya? You’re gonna LOVE this one.
For Fans Of: Panda Bear, Beach Boys on acid, Liars, Gang of Four.
Sounds Like: Seattle high school besties are still making harmonious, country-flavored saloon rock together inspired by the wild west and Capitol Hill.
Free Association: Hard to believe Washington can produce such downhome twang.
For Fans Of: Fleet Foxes x the Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, sideburns, billiards.
The Extra Lens
Sounds Like: John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue) first true collab; John sings and strums and Bruno fleshes it out nicely.
Free Association: Hark, Darnielle devotees, run to thine record store with wild abandon.
PW's Music Issue 2014