On the Record: Raffertie, KT Tunstall, Pond and more

By Bill Chenevert
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Sleep of Reason
(Ninja Tune)

Sounds like: A Brit producer’s debut of original material after finding and remixing tons of talent is a haunting, rich and varied statement of glitchy electronica.

Free association: To be associated with AlunaGeorge and Disclosure is pure gold.

For fans of: Jamiroquai x Robyn + Pet Shop Boys, Chemical Bros, modern electro trip-hop.


The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars
(Columbia/Sensibility Recordings)

Sounds like: The Grammy favorites and clandestine country pop duo are clearly fighting the temptation of an affair as this could be their last (albeit strongest) effort.

Free association: This one’s heavy with emotional baggage and strife. No, thanks.

For fans of: James Vincent McMorrow + Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile and a jug of moonshine.



Sounds like: Somewhat of a supergroup, the Berlin-based trio is also Apparat and Modeselektor; together, they make flawlessly blissful minimalist techno.

Free association: Another contender in the race for dance record of the year.

For fans of: DJ Koze/Daphni x James Blake + dark R&B, Autechre, German beauty.


The Icarus Line
Slave Vows

Sounds like: The California post-punk strongholds stay at the fore of their genre with another beguiling set of noise and thrash, tempered by dynamism and class.

Free association: They got their start with Ink & Dagger before they were 21 and still rule.

For fans of: At the Drive-In x Drive Like Jehu, Jesus and Mary Chain/NIN, sophistipunk.

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