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Maybe it’s a testament to the universal nature of music, but the first I heard this song, having not seen the artists’ name or origin, my brain convinced me this was the soundtrack of driving through the Jordanian desert. Or, perhaps this was the sound of West…
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Jon the Guilt - Caroline

Jon the Guilt is all about songcraft. “Won’t you let me own one last time/Won’t you let me down, Caroline” sounds like a nursery rhyme that’s been sorely missing from the pop-music canon. The inventory of this song is filled to the brim.
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Vacation Manor - Apt. 4

There’s a style of indie rock dominant in recent years that I call walking blindly through the sunlight-pop. It’s all blissful harmonies, slowed-down tempos, and the kind of melancholy that would give a psychiatrist goose bumps. Vacation Manor operate within…
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Eyedress - Kiss Me Like It's The First Time

Eyedress is a Bedroom / Lo-fi Pop from the Philippines inspired by the sounds of King Krule, Triathalon, Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink. Here’s our review of his single Kiss Me Like It’s The First Time. Eyedress writes love songs like a romantic teenager after first…
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Dumb Whales - William review

There’s a pounding, caveman beat to across the entirety of this track that suggests Dumb Whales are going hunting for buffalo. I could understand how not speaking English, might make you confused about this song. The lyrics are about a fight for survival, but not…
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Joey Vriend - Like the River review

With a clear fascination for Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and depressed poets of a similar ilk, Joey Vriend delves into the hidden depths of verse to share his longing for personal freedom. He has a very nice singing voice and there’s no getting around that, but the…
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Of House - Little Sister

Sounding like the bastard child of Anton Newcombe the Jonestown Massacre, and a Rolling Stones cover band, Of House are confident around a classic-sounding tune delivered under the effect of processed drums, hazy effects, and who knows what else. This is a band that…
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The Jayplayers - I Still Love You

“I Still Love You” could fall into the trap of sounding sappy were it not for the very expensive-sounding production and interesting vocals. The great thing about roots music is that, when done right, and these are exceptions, it sounds as if the song has…