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Doctor Fluorescent's Debut Is a Relaxing Retro Synth Ride

Doctor Fluorescent's debut album is a chill piece of songcraft steeped in vintage synths and other retro electronic sounds.

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Toro y Moi Contemplates Late Capitalism on 'Outer Peace'

Esteemed producer Toro y Moi takes on new, funkier sounds with Outer Peace, but none of them quite transcend the overblown promise of his early chillwave fame.

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Roosevelt Aims to Create Non-Populist Pop on 'Young Romance'

On Young Romance, Roosevelt's '80s-indebted yet EDM-inflected confections aren't as anthemic as he wants them to be, but they're almost uniformly infectious.

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Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum on Dream Pop and Pigeonholing

PopMatters speaks with Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum about moving home to Virginia, musical transitions, and how to build on the best influences from the past.

James A. Cosby
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oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls' 'Faminine Mystique' Is a Hypnotic Merger of Artificial and "Authentic" Cues

oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls' Faminine Mystique succeeds because it sustains a curious and unique mood and combines proudly artificial signifiers with others associated with authenticity.

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Pure Intuition Without Any Limits: An Interview with oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls

The newly-formed electronic duo of oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls discuss their experimentally-minded new album Faminine Mystique releasing this Friday.

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Twin Shadow Is Best When He Focuses on the Pop Hooks in 'Caer'

Caer shows definite signs that Twin Shadow is moving in the right direction. However, the album is too often bogged down by cheerless beats, painted in varying shades of beige.

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Washed Out: Mister Mellow

Mister Mellow is an album of interludes and abstract experimentations as much as it is a pop record.

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Toro y Moi: Boo Boo

Boo Boo is an engaging, immersive album that unfolds itself over repeated listens.

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Teen Daze: Themes for Dying Earth

A cold atmosphere and candid words are what make Teen Daze soar on Themes for Dying Earth.

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Com Truise: Silicon Tare

The latest EP from Com Truise cements Seth Haley as one of today's most consistent beat makers, for better and worse.

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High Tides: High Tides

High Tides swirls nostalgia, synthesizers and neon-coated pop together for a sun-bleached beauty

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Mirror Talk - "Don't" (video)

Up and coming new wave band Mirror Talk debut a gender bending homoerotic video for single "Don't".

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Dog Bite: Tranquilizers

For a band that sounds more punk than its musical output would parlay, there’s very little on Tranquilizers that makes any sort of impact, making it, for the most part, a passable and utterly disposable album.

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Keep Shelly in Athens: At Home

Inconsistent in tone and patchworked together from what appears to be two distinctly different EPs,At Home highlights both a stylistic identity crisis and the limitations of the chosen vocalist.

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Toro Y Moi: Anything in Return

Anything In Return walks a tightrope between Toro Y Moi's past and future.

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Kindness: World, You Need a Change of Mind

Kindness's debut sounds like Adam Bainbridge is trying to party, but he’s so intoxicated he’s not sure what party he’s at. And that's what makes it so much fun.

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Brothertiger: Golden Years

Brothertiger may have once been just another chillwave artist, but to reach his first full length record is a rare achievement for such an act.

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Teen Daze: All of Us, Together

For an act classified as “chillwave”, Teen Daze offers very little in the way of genuine chills and thrills – at least, not here.

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The Audibly Deteriorating Landscape

The ruins of Detroit identified a past that stands in contrast with Techno's futurism, but do the foreclosed homes, uninhabited luxury condos, and padlocked storefronts provide any kind of guide to tomorrow's music?

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Memoryhouse: The Slideshow Effect

This is an album that you might want to really like, but ultimately you'll probably feel a bit cold and aloof at the general lack of variance in the band’s sound.

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Liftoff: Sunday Morning Airplay

A funky mood record with few memorable hooks, but a lot of style.

Philip Majorins
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Tycho: Dive

Scott Hansen's third full-length is more than just a soundtrack to his own dazzling graphic art. It's one of the best electronic releases of 2011.

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Washed Out: Amor Fati EP

The fact that this EP has some choice tracks can't hide the fact that the title cut itself is a rather weak effort.

AJ Ramirez
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2011: Music’s Most Electronic Year Yet

Vestigial organs like industrial music and the radio dial proved vital in 2011, while house and dubstep were invaded by hordes of uninvited outsiders, proving once again that electronic and plugged-in music is at the vanguard of change throughout the world.

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Warm Ghost: Narrows

The texture-heavy synth experimentation on Narrows may not be a grand revelation in light of the many like records put out in the past few years, but it is nonetheless a stunning debut from a highly promising new artist.

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Toro y Moi: Freaking Out EP

Energy is at an all-time high for Toro y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick, who spikes these tunes with MJ-like vigor.

Matt Edsall
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Sleep ∞ Over: Forever

As a whole, Forever seems to be covering some awfully familiar territory in the chillwave / witch house genres.

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Memoryhouse: The Years EP

The Years EP is the kind of record that you’d listen to on headphones while reclining against a tree on a grassy knoll in the late evening, watching the sun go down and seeing pinkish red light reflect on billowing clouds lazily floating by overhead.

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Kites with Lights: Cosmonauts

This record is a functional and pragmatic alternative to the synth-pop bands of yesteryear for those who just can’t get enough of that long gone genre of music.

Zachary Houle
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Pal198X Informercial by Neon Indian

Neon Indian has created a late night video oddity that is the perfect blend of eerie and nostalgic for the heady arthouse sci-fi camp of SubGenius propoganda films.

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Washed Out: 11 July 2011 - New York

Expanded musical treatment for new and old songs warm up the chill vibe

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Various Artists: F*>k Dance Let’s Art; Sounds from a New American Underground

!K7 Records tries to make sense of chillwave, witch house, Animal Collective, and other neo-electronic non-dance artists.

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Wild Nothing: Gemini

Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum owes a lot to his influences, but Gemini is the product of vision and imagination that's all his own.

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Chilled to Spill: How The Oil Spill Ruined Chillwave’s Summer Vacation

Empty nostalgia or a realignment of values, chillwave's alchemical waste-sounds may be on the cusp of a deadbeat summer.

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Oneohtrix Point Never: Rifts

The dyschronia one experiences listening to Oneohtrix Point Never is similar, but not completely reverent, to the hypnagogic/glo-fi/chillwave axis in that it is music that is strangely familiar and familiarly strange.

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