Sounds Like: Synthy and icy electronic music with R&B flavors from Canada, much like their label and countrymate, Grimes, but with more complexity and sophistication.
Free Association: The lost little girl-meets-grimestep thing might be getting a bit old.
For Fans Of: Tricky x Lykke Li, Braids + Salem, Zola Jesus, electro forest nymphs.
The Gaslight Anthem
Sounds Like: The follow-up to 2010’s excellent American Slang is not quite as immediate and mature. This one’s a bit slower, sadder and not nearly punk enough.
Free Association: Are they trying to sound like Bruce Springsteen meets Pearl Jam?
For Fans Of: Titus Andronicus + The Hold Steady, Against Me!, earnest male sadness.
Micachu and the Shapes
Sounds Like: Truly bizarre sounds from England that blend beats, found sounds, weird percussion and created instruments which sometimes find moments of beauty.
Free Association: A completely challenging but often surprisingly rewarding listen.
For Fans Of: Ariel Pink x Young Magic, creepy Animal Collective, truly artsy indie rock.
Sounds Like: An evolving supergroup (pronounced “the new number two”) with George Harrison’s son, Dhani, at the fore, creating ambient, trippy and glitchy noisepop.
Free Association: Don’t let the dumb names fool you. It’s a pretty compelling record.
For Fans Of: Radiohead + Gorillaz x Brian Eno, Silversun Pickups, all things Beatles.