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Pan American Expresse Powerful Emotions Through Guitar Instrumentals on 'A Son'

As Pan American, Mark Nelson sings for the first time since his magnum opus Quiet City, but his emotions are most powerfully expressed through his instrumental guitar compositions.

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Deerhunter's Transcendent Trajectory

Deerhunter's Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? and Cryptograms are antithetical twins -- shattered mirror images, whose fragments echo each other and reflect Deerhunter's beginnings of and return to inspired experimentation.

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Earthen Sea: An Act of Love

The streets of San Francisco at night are the inspiration for Earthen Sea's latest.

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Loscil: Monument Builders

Monument Builders is a tribute to those who have sought to make grand artistic statements in their medium of choice, and Scott Morgan subverts this concept by adhering to a minimalist script.

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Ken Camden: Dream Memory

Camden creates a Rorschach palette of guitars and synths that allows the listener to create their own meaning.

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Grouper: The Man Who Died in His Boat

Grouper's five-year old collection culls some of her most accessible material ever, just in fragments.

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Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

Kranky reissue Liz Harris's classic record of beautified drone.

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Felix: Oh Holy Molar

Oh Holy Molar impressively avoids the sophomore slump some were expecting and continues to make beautiful pop miniatures.

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Ethernet: 144 Pulsations of Light

Tim Gray, in his first full-length work for Kranky as Ethernet, finds the heartbeat in drone.

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Raglani: Of Sirens Born

Without ever getting us seasick, Raglani sails this ship into the depths of hell and back.

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Strategy: Future Rock

Strategy's vision of "future rock", it seems, derives its vocals from the vocoders of Kraftwerk, its ambience from the kraut of Can, and its groove from the spaceship Funkadelic.

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