Sounds Like: Delightful summer record of disco-fueled dance pop from the British trio whose sophomore does not disappoint with a super-listenable set of party tunes.
Free Association: You can push play and easily dance (tipsy) for 40 minutes straight.
For Fans Of: Hot Chip x New Order, !!!, LCD, the Rapture, pool parties, neon.
Nothing Is Wrong
Sounds Like: The sophomore LP from California roots rockers is a solid batch of sun-kissed thoughtful ditties with bits of country, folk and retro psychedelics mixed in.
Free Association: Once upon a time, Kings of Leon were this earnest and charming.
For Fans Of: The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons x Neil Young, good writing, L.A.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
It’s A Corporate World
Sounds Like: Charmingly well-written debut from a Detroit duo making layered, airy and infectious electro folk full of synth pop swirls, simplified percussion and twee lyrics.
Free Association: Sensitive electro pop and car racing were meant to be together.
For Fans Of: Sun Airway + Ruby Suns, Postal Service x Brian Wilson, indie irony.
The Most Serene Republic
PW's Music Issue 2014