Sounds Like: A really tight sophomore from the Brooklyn prog and noise rockers, who despite losing a core member, have ramped up their pop levels to Awesome.
Free Association: The video for “Ice Cream” will knock your damn socks off.
For Fans Of: Don Caballero + Notwist, King Crimson x Foals, badass drummers.
Past Life Martyred Saints
Sounds Like: Singer-songwriter and experimentalist, this one-woman band has created a dynamic and quietly powerful debut of reverb-heavy dark noise pop.
Free Association: She uses clever turns of phrase and understated politics well.
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth x Cat Power + Patti Smith, anti-GaGa non monsters.
Sounds Like: The bizarro Queen of Brit Prog Pop’s revisiting two records (Red Shoes and Sensual World), re-recording them and, in some cases, re-writing them, too.
Free Association: She’s lost a little falsetto, but she’s as breathy and arty as ever.
For Fans Of: Stevie Nicks x Tori Amos, Nico + PJ Harvey, respect for your elders.
PW's Music Issue 2014