On the Record: An Horse, Alela Diane and More

By Bill Chenovert
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An Horse

Walls

(Mom + Pop Music)

Sounds Like: Aussie duo’s second LP after touring with Tegan and Sara, and it sounds like their styles are scissoring, I mean blending; shouty heartache, romantic misery.

Free Association: Simple, anthemic tunes for angsty teenagers to write bad poetry to.

For Fans Of: Silversun Pickups + Eisley, ladies lookin’ like Beiber.

tUnE-yArDs

w h o k i l l

(4AD)

Sounds Like: Merrill Garbus is a nutbag genius whose second is a breakthrough—her powerful, manly voice goes well with her blend of afro-folk, beats, loops and ukelele.

Free Association: Definitely capitalizing on a hipster tribalism trend, but in a badass way.

For Fans Of: Animal Collective x Paul Simon + crunk, face paint, asymmetrical hair.

Alela Diane

Alela Diane & Wild Divine

(Rough Trade)

Sounds Like: Cute Nevada City, Nev., folk crooner’s third gets fleshed out by a countrified backing band, and it’s a lovely retro-flavored LP of sad laments and heady heartbreak.

Free Association: The best country doesn’t come from “the country” anymore.

For Fans Of: Linda Ronstadt, Joanna Newsom + Bonnie Raitt.

Emmylou Harris

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