Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
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.
(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.
The Midsummer Station
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.