On the Record: Jessie Ware, Wild Nothing, Owl City, and More

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
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Sounds Like: A brilliant young Jack Tatum’s pop project, filled out live with a full band, does the dreamy lo-fi, synth-heavy genre better than anyone else. Gorgeous songs.

Free Association: He’s 23, and his debut, at 21, slayed. A natural, unfettered talent.

For Fans Of: Beach House x DIIV + Real Estate, Twin Shadow/Youth Lagoon, virtuosos.



Teengirl Fantasy


(True Panther Sounds)

Sounds Like: Oberlin buddies who’ve mastered trippy pastiche deliver heady, complex arrangements with brilliant guest vocals on their ‘90s-house-friendly sophomore. 

Free Association: A lot of good weirdness is packed into these 10 songs in 40 minutes.

For Fans Of: Memory Tapes x Oneohtrix Point Never, Panda Bear/Laurel Halo, bug-outs.



Owl City

The Midsummer Station

(Universal Republic)

Sounds Like: What was once a nearly earnest Minnesota loser in a basement making sad keyboard emo-pop has turned into a Top 40-aiming radio whore, and it’s ugly.

Free Association: With the exception of “Good Time” (because of Carly), it’s horrific.

For Fans Of: Katy Perry x the Postal Service, Frou Frou + Dashboard, riding trend waves.


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