Sounds Like: The wunderkind of the indie world drops his debut of glitchy, dubbed-out, heartwrenching R&B-flavored vocals that somehow makes for pretty pop songs.
Free Association: After the Internet hits, the rest isn’t allllll that (and a bag of chips).
For Fans Of: Radiohead + Stevie Wonder, Burial, white soul, minimalism.
The Mountain Goats
All Eternals Deck
Sounds Like: John Darnielle’s back with his eighth as the Goats—another quirky dense collection of literate songs and bizarro witticisms.
Free Association: To freaky fans he poos haikus, to nonfans he’s a little obnoxious.
For Fans Of: They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., pretentious intellectualism.
Protest The Hero
Sounds Like: The Toronto quintet’s third is nonstop apreggios, metal riffing, Adam Lambert-style wailing and mathy tempo changes.
Free Association: Hail the heroes of the Prog Metal Renn Faire.
For Fans Of: Coheed and Cambria x the Darkness, metal geeking out.
PW's Music Issue 2014