The Flower Lane
Sounds like: Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile’s side project takes off. There’s great guests, a fuller band and a rich variety of sounds, including funk, jazz and glam.
Free association: Worth an all-the-way-through listen; stellar tracks at the back.
For fans of: Cults + Mac DeMarco, Steely Dan x Panda Bear, lo-fi bedroom bliss.
Sounds like: The highly-anticipated follow-up to the astounding Gorilla Manor is maybe not as potent at first, but nonetheless excellent quiet indie rock.
Free association: Tough to live up to their debut, but it’s a noble, valiant effort.
For fans of: Animal Collective x Fleet Foxes + CSNY, Givers/the Shins, Keds, Brooklyn.
No Fairy Tale
Sounds like: The queen of the nerdy ‘90s’ first adult record in more than eight years isn’t far from her Reality Bites days, but with less grungy angst, more Clueless girl power.
Free association: Just think of all the girls in glasses and Doc Martens who’ll love this.
For fans of: Liz Phair/Paula Cole/Shawn Colvin/Jewel, Elaine Benes, retro florals.
Tegan and Sara
Sounds like: The 32-year-old twins from Calgary’s seventh could be their most pop, commercial and accessible—enjoyable way beyond indie-lesbians appeal.
Free association: Some whiners might accuse them of going too mainstream. Stop it.
For fans of: Ani DiFranco + Beth Orton x Metric/Eisley/Rilo Kiley, indie romance.
The Spinto Band
Sounds like: The fourth from the Delaware dudes, Nick Krill’s quintet, is another delicately pretty batch, full of dreamy, wistful indie folk.
Free association: Local love to these guys. How often does Wilmington get love?
For fans of: Yo La Tengo/Superchunk/ Pavement x Of Montreal, handclaps & harmony.
Regions of Light and Sound of God
Sounds like: My Morning Jacket’s frontman and primary songwriter’s first honest-to-goodness solo record is an unsurprisingly outstanding piece of music.
Free association: After the fantastic Circuital, he must’ve just kept the juices flowing.
For fans of: Neil Young x Galaxie 500, Lambchop + Roy Orbison, Louisville, Ky.