Pepe Deluxé make intricate songs with some of the world’s rarest instruments. James Spectrum says his band’s music is meant to be explored again and again.
Belle and Sebastian’s 1996 showpiece If You’re Feeling Sinister balanced poignance and exuberance with its character-driven stories and became an indie-pop classic.
Former Wild Beasts vocalist Hayden Thorpe explores new headspaces, psychedelics, and sonic territory on solo album number two, Moondust For My Diamond.
This might not be so far away from a best-of list of all Belle and Sebastian songs, considering how these tracks show the breadth of the group’s styles and moods.
Dutch four-piece Pip Blom can still light up a room with jangly guitars and amiable vocal hooks, even if Welcome Break suffers from sophomore album syndrome.
Listeners familiar with Constant Smiles’ mutative oeuvre will find Paragons intriguing for the chameleonic adoption of familiar pop templates.
Creative and gifted Kacy Hill does a wonderful job updating the sounds of 1980s synthpop and soul on her new album, Simple, Sweet, and Smiling.
Penelope Isles love a lot of different music, and they spend much of Which Way to Happy approximating those influences and not quite establishing their sound.
Mr Little Jeans’ first single in three years, “Jump to Fall” is a dreamy and compassionate song that ruminates on difficult issues while wrapped in delicious synths.
Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan laughs, cries, and fights her way through Valentine, one of the best albums of the year. Snail Mail is about to get a lot bigger.