We Are Rising
Sounds Like: Complex electronic pop arrangements from a composer and trained pianist making spooky compositions with strange noises and rhythms.
Free Association: This is the kind of ish 21st-century “composers” should be doing 24/7.
For Fans Of: Sufjan Stevens’s newest, MGMT + Owen Pallett, trippin’.
V The Volcanic EP
Sounds Like: Slightly strange but impressive set of seven songs based on seven films of the last seven decades.
Free Association: This weirdo’s been at it since ’97! Must listen to 2003’s Breasticles.
For Fans Of: Kate Bush + PJ Harvey, Dresden Dolls, octave climbing.
Damon and Naomi
False Beats and True Hearts
(20/20/20/Ba Da Bing)
Sounds Like: Dreamy indie rock from Galaxie 500’s drummer and bassist, as peaceful and ethereal as the rest of their catalogue.
Free Association: Somebody must’ve killed their cat or something; record’s full of sadness.
For Fans Of: Yo La Tengo + Mazzy Star.
PW's Music Issue 2014