Icelandic musician and artist Sindri Már Sigfsson–better known as Sin Fang Bous, and now going by just Sin Fang–had one of my favorite releases of 2009 with Clangour. Now he’s releasing a new effort, Summer Echoes, which comes out March 15 on Morr Music. The first single, “Always Everything,” continues Sin Fang’s organic, vivid, collage-like […]

Recently discovered this beautiful new song from the Montreal-based Young Galaxy, who have toured and worked with another of my favorite bands, The Besnard Lakes. While Young Galaxy’s past work has more of a slow-droning guitar-based vibe a la the Besnards, this track represents a different direction, combining a dual vocals and a chanting chorus […]


So it was really tough to pick ten albums from a year so full of fascinating new music–and even tougher to rank them in some kind of order. Some albums I listened to a lot ended up being left off the list (ceo, Kid Cudi, Coco Rosie, Arcade Fire), while other artists only released EPs […]

On Tuesday December 7, Matador Records is re-releasing one of my favorite albums of the year, Perfume Genius‘ Learning, in a new vinyl slipcase edition with three additional songs: “Dreeem”, “Your Drum,” and “Divine Faxes.” You can pre-order the new version here. Though all too brief in length (even with a few more songs added […]

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After laying low for a while, The Knife have announced the release of a new single, “Seeds”, with remixes by Portable aka Bodycode and Shinedoe; watch for a full digital and limited edition 12” vinyl release coming December 6th. “Seeds” is taken from Tomorrow, in a Year, the Charles Darwin-focused opera created by the Knife, […]

“Sara” by The Good Ones from Secretly Jag on Vimeo. Earlier this month, Dead Oceans released a pretty amazing album from a lesser-known artist: The Good Ones, a trio of singers and guitarists from the Rwandan capital city of Kigali. I first picked up the single “Sara” (video above) as a free MP3 over the […]

…and the result is the hybrid sound of “I’m Not in Love,” a cover of an 80s song by Platinum Blonde that originally appeared on the recent Crystal Castles album. The new version evokes immediate nostalgia with Smith’s perfect-as-ever vocals, making his duet with the robot-voiced girl at the end into a striking human-versus-machine kind of moment. Cool. Watch […]


Yep, it’s autumn again. And just in time for the change of season, the amazing A Sunny Day in Glasgow have self-released a new album of the same name for free (or, rather, for a suggested donation of your choice). Short but sweet, Autumn, Again showcases a more poppy side of the band’s kaleidoscopic, dreamy […]

Say it with me: “oh.” That’s apparently how you pronounce the consonant-free (and ok, kind of stupid) name of the mysterious electronic act oOoOO. Coincidentally, “oh” also sums up my happy reaction to their new song, “Burnout Eyess,” available now as a free download from Insound. It’s all tumbling beats, whispery rattles, pristine vocals, a […]


Today I’m going to keep my words to a minimum and just let the music speak for itself. Check out the MP3s below, all from recent or forthcoming releases that are absolutely worth further listening: Glasser – “Home” from the forthcoming (and stunning) album Ring Low Sea – “Never Yours” from the album The Light […]