(Paper City/Moedog Music)
Sounds Like: A California girl wrote all these mediocre songs and got a couple dudes to record ’em and tour with her, but they’re all pretty sleepy and unexceptional.
Free Association: They’ll tour coffeehouses and undersell 20-person capacity rooms.
For Fans Of: Natalie Imbruglia + Natalie Merchant, naps, falling asleep at cafe shows.
Within and Without
Sounds Like: Mr. Chillwave himself, the Georgia-bred lo-fi magician of synthpop, delivers a proper debut of atmospheric and dreamy beats for summer enjoyment.
Free Association: The things a whippersnapper can do with a computer—technology!
For Fans Of: Neon Indian, Toro y Moi x Small Black, knowing everything, TOMs.
Feel It Break
Sounds Like: Katie Stelmanis leads this Toronto trio’s debut with her operatic witch voice and piano skills.
Free Association: She’s the new head mistress in the burgeoning coven of witch pop.
For Fans Of: Fever Ray x Florence Welch, Glasser, The Craft, electro spells.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?