Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
(True Panther Sounds)
Sounds Like: The breakout record of the summer is already making hearts flutter—brace yourselves for their ultra-listenable, chill times, African-flavored synth rock.
Free Association: It doesn’t hurt that they’re both pretty much total dreamboats.
For Fans Of: Battles/Neon Indian/Small Black, Vampire Weekend + Yeasayer, trends.
Sounds Like: The Irish band’s first in 10 years! Almost 20 years after their excellent debut, the band’s grown up and softened a bit, but the music is still beautiful, ethereal alt rock.
Free Association: “Linger” is the best makeout song ever, right? This one works, too.
For Fans Of: Mazzy Star x Cowboy Junkies, Tori Amos for the Smiths, The Craft.
The Ting Tings
Sounds From Nowheresville
Sounds Like: The snarly British noise pop duo’s debut became ubiquitous, and while this one doesn’t have the same commercial appeal, it’s still deliriously fun to blast.
Free Association: Hey, Pitchfork dicks! A 1.8? Check yourselves before you wreck yourselves!
For Fans Of: Sleigh Bells + the Gossip, Calvin Harris x CSS/MNDR, giving in to pop.