Pre Serene: Thee Oneironauts
(Home of the Rebels)
Sounds Like: Toronto indie rock sextet’s fourth LP is as cooky and quirky as they are—glitchy, airy, dreamy freaky folk that’s not a ton of fun to listen to.
Free Association: Aimless melodies and whiny half-singing gets annoying quick.
For Fans Of: Owl City, Flaming Lips, nerd sweaters, extreme whiteness.
It’s All True
Sounds Like: The Canadian duo’s fourth is a bummer—electro pop that’s had all the joy sucked out, then pounded into ’80s-heavy corny (mirrored) bedroom grooves.
Free Association: So This Is Goodbye was so kickass. What went horribly wrong?
For Fans Of: Scitti Politti x New Order, Pet Shop Boys, softcore porn, vegan dessert.
Sounds Like: The much-anticipated follow-up to his huge debut has some peaks and valleys, with loads of help in instrumentation, but after five spins I can’t get into it.
Free Association: Some songs achieve Pure Moods cheesiness (that horrible sax!).
For Fans Of: Iron & Wine, Bonnie P. Billy x Andrew Bird, Enya/Yanni, helium.
PW's Music Issue 2014