Artist: Jack Drag
Song: “Hope Revisited”
Dynamic and building folk with a heavy and appreciated futuristic synth sci-fi twist, “Hope Revisited” cleverly spins what could’ve easily been a gimmicky tune into an effective opus. Not quite a three-act story but still somewhat epic in its own right, this single does a fantastic job of building interest in what hopefully will be a great album.
Artist: Phantastic Ferniture
Song: “Dark Corner Dance Floor”
Album/EP: Phantastic Ferniture
Smouldering alt pop with a wicked edge and presented with a sly grin, “Dark Corner Dance Floor” manages to maintain an ominous sinful vibe yet still feel welcoming and alluring. Exotic vocals, trance-like guitars, and a heavy does of reverb help flesh out this siren’s song.
Artist: Sonny Falls
Album/EP: Some Kind of Spectre
Tinny and trebly alt rock with a melancholic streak and finely accented by the odd brass or string instrument, “Flies” is the kind of reflective tune late-summer soundtracks relish. The approach of cold deserves a grandiose yet bittersweet farewell, and the Some Kind of Spectre single nails it.
Artist: Clairo and SG Lewis
Modern synth-funk full of wubbly effects and accompanied by smokey-yet-saccharine vocals, Clairo and SG Lewis’ collaboration scratches an 80s retro-futurism vibe with “Better”. Is this what bedroom pop would’ve sounded like back in the day of neon and vogue?
Industrial post-disco with a pre-post-punk tinge (does that make sense? It does in my head) and a confounding hook that is simultaneously grating and infectious, “Paradox” lives up to its own name. Why isn’t this annoying? Why is this unapologetic late-electronic-production tune so catchy? Why does 8 bit work so well in it? Blame the synths and your brains, but keep dancing!