Scattered, Smothered, Covered
Sounds Like: Fantastic weirdo psych-pop solo debut from the Californian and former Rooney drummer who wanted to make something real by himself.
Free Association: This couldn’t be further from his former band and that’s a blessing.
For Fans Of: Animal Collective/Arms x Dirty Projectors, peacing out of shitty bands.
The Rip Tide
Sounds Like: Zach Condon’s gypsy rock band’s cooled it on the world music tip with their third and boosted the rep of the band as more than just Balkan indie rock.
Free Association: “Nantes” used to be my MySpace profile song and it felt so right.
For Fans Of: Calexico x Devotchka, Neutral Milk, brass and tambourines, polka.
On A Mission
Sounds Like: The debut from a powerful voice in electrodance and funky house music in London, the BRIT School grad’s got an edge on Jessie J and Jamie Woon.
Free Association: If this were the ’90s, she’d be mixed in with La Bouche and Black Box.
For Fans Of: Mary J. x Hercules & Love Affair, Lilly Allen + Robyn, lil’ divas, clubbing.
PW's Music Issue 2014