Tape Deck Mountain - kellies [mp3] (from Slow Salvation EP, out Mar 12th)
Electronic ‘post-fi’ duo from San Diego; sounds like a rave a Frankenstein’s castle.
Good Field - Tell Me Ida [mp3] (single? – if they’re trying to promote an album – I certainly can’t tell…)
Laidback acoustic guitar, simple synthesizer tones, and soulful vocals form the backbone of Good Field’s take on Americana/alt-rock. Their sound should appeal to fans of Wilco & Midlake.
Grouper - Vital [mp3] (from The Man Who Died in His Boat, out Feb 1st on Kranky)
Liz Harris makes distinctive ambient alt-folk that inexplicably seeps into your soul.
Rare Monk - drumhead [mp3] (from Sleep/Attack, out Feb 26th)
Portland’s Rare Monk deliver indie rock with intensity and impudence. They have a free 3-song EP – Death by Proxy – available on bandcamp.
Summer Hours - Close and Closer [mp3] (from Closer Still, out Feb 5th on)
Sunny guitars, sugar-sweet vocals, and upbeat tempo combine with feelings of anticipation and uncertainty, suggesting that the summer hours may be changing soon in anticipation of the coming fall.
Miracles of Modern Science – The Singularity [mp3] (from MEEMS, out Feb 19th)
Brooklyn-based band that specializes in orchestral indie pop, combining strings with driving, peppy rock beats and incisive lyrics.
Thomas Azier – Angelene (from HYLAS 002 EP, out now)
Lamenting the ‘background’ nature of modern music, electro-pop artist Azier attempts to forge a visceral connection with listeners. This EP, the second of a trilogy, focuses on solitude and introspection in the bustling metropolis of Berlin.
Shout Out Louds – Illusions (from Optica, out Feb 27th on Merge)
Mt. Wolf – Hypolight (from Life Size Ghosts EP, out now)
Paperfangs – All Girls are Grey (from Past Perfect, out Feb 22nd on Soliti)