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My Brightest Diamond
All Things Will Unwind
Sounds Like: Opera-trained but underground-bred, Shara Worden offers a rich third LP with a yMusic strings ensemble collab; quirky, ornately composed alt-folk.
Free Association: She’s one of Sufjan’s Illinois makers—one tour as a cheerleader.
For Fans Of: Edith Piaf x Regina Spektor, St. Vincent, accordians and woodwinds.
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Sounds Like: Anthony Gozalez’s double-disc electro shoegaze opus is their sixth and best, an artistically- rendered mix of styles with a focus on ’80s atmospherics.
Free Association: The tons-of-synths/sax solos everywhere gig has got to retire soon.
For Fans Of: Air x Four Tet, Cocteau Twins/Brian Eno + Destroyer, French trendsetting.
Sounds Like: With a badass debut last year, an EP’s a welcome catalogue addition; their duo rock is psychedelic and rhythm-heavy with airy vocals plus bits of trip-hop.
Free Association: Lead singer Sarah def indulged in loads of weed and Portishead.
PW's Music Issue 2014