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On the Record: Pet Shop Boys, Sara Bareilles, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, David Lynch, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Andrew Cedermark

imagePet Shop Boys
Sounds like:
The 12th from the synthpop legends is extremely current, with more upbeat BPMs ramping up the energy and danciness to sweaty euphoria.
Free association: Did someone slip something into my iced tea? I wanna take my top off.
For fans of: Erasure/Yaz/Moloko x Morrissey, Classixx + LCD Sounds, Voyeur/the club.

imageSara Bareilles
The Blessed Unrest
Sounds like:
She’s the one that does “Love Song” and gets love from VH1 and The Sing-Off. She’s cute; she can sing and write, but she’s so damn beige.
Free association: Oh, VH1 says she’s 80th in the Top 100 Greatest Women in Music.
For fans of: Ingrid Michaelson x OneRepublic + weak Regina Spektor, Sauvignon Blanc.

imageRobert Randolph & the Family Band
Lickety Split
(Blue Note)
Sounds like:
The hippie-ish pedal steel bandleader’s fourth is pretty exuberant, per ushe, employing funk, blues and jamming hard to festival-goers’ delight.
Free association: An angel-voiced Lenesha Randolph makes everything better.
For fans of: Little Feat x Allman Bros + B.B. King, Ry Cooder, patch pants.

imageDavid Lynch
The Big Dream
(Sacred Bones)

Sounds like: The second from the Montana filmmaker’s a tough listen—experimental blues meets rockabilly electro surrealism and his terrible, mumbly vocals.
Free association: There’s songcraft here, but it’s hard to tease out whilst annoyed.
For fans of: Brian Eno/Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalamenti + Daughn Gibson on acid.

imageEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
(Vagrant/Rough Trade)
Sounds like:
The hippies from L.A. are back at it with 10 people on stage, making joyous, commune-style chants and psalms of free-loving cannibis worship.
Free association: If a new LP means we stop hearing “Home,” then yes! Great!
For fans of: Polyphonic Spree x Alabama Shakes + Lumineers/Mumford.

imageAndrew Cedermark
Home Life
(Underwater Peoples)
Sounds like:
A grower, this one. The folksy casual project from Titus Andronicus’ guitarist is an inspired set of bedroom pop meets shoegaze and nostalgia.
Free association: Atypical structures carry his smart, hazy delivery into the clouds.
For fans of: Pavement x Woods + Real Estate, Beck/Polvo, jangle stoner delights.

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