Sounds Like: The electronic experimental sage is back with another LP of wordless music full of found sounds, beats, clicks, swells and pauses—it’s a trippy ride.
Free Association: You can hear the video game influence. It’s like demonized Zelda.
For Fans Of: Björk x acid jazz, Herbaliser + Flying Lotus, acid Tetris, dark dubstep.
Noise of Welcome
(All Hands Electric)
Sounds Like: A Brooklyn songwriter whose croaky, plaintive voice is nicely paired with his gentle, strummed guitar and the airy support of his band (drums, piano, vox).
Free Association: Bittersweet folksy blues from a modern Cohen/Dylan hybrid.
For Fans Of: Nick Drake x AA Bondy, Townes Van Zandt, whiskey salves.
Mia Doi Todd
Cosmic Ocean Ship
Sounds Like: A California songtress’ super-chill, internationally-inspired folk act started out solo but has slowly brought in help on percussion, dulcimer and strings.
Free Association: Impressed by multi-linguists? You’re going to get major wood for her.
For Fans Of: St. Vincent + Seu Jorge, Tori Amos does world music, lullabies.
PW's Music Issue 2014