Sounds Like: An astounding third LP from the Dallas-born multi-instrumentalist rock chick, offering a brilliant songwriter’s talents, including her rich and powerful voice.
Free Association: 2011’s winner for Most Intriguing Woman with a Brain Who Shreds.
For Fans Of: Cat Power + Feist, Patti Smith x Beth Orton, Björk, mousy geniuses.
Sounds Like: The former Verbena vocalist’s third solo album is a stunner; dark, ambient Americana that’s spare but satisfying in its haunting beauty.
Free Association: If only the darkness in country music was always this sophisticated.
For Fans Of: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy x Neil Young, Bob/Tom/Lou/Leanord/Townes.
Gravity the Seducer
(Nettwerk Music Group)
Sounds Like: The Liverpool, England-born electro quartet turns their back on pop altogether on their newest and most boring, exploring atmospherics, moods and our patience.
Free Association: NOT the band that gave us “Destroy Everything”; no dancing here.
For Fans Of: Brian Eno x Cut Copy + Stereolab/New Order, disappointing naps.
PW's Music Issue 2014