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On the Record: Raffertie, The Civil Wars, Moderat, The Icarus Line, Pond, and KT Tunstall

Sleep of Reason
(Ninja Tune)
Sounds like:
A Brit producer’s debut of original material after finding and remixing tons of talent is a haunting, rich and varied statement of glitchy electronica.
Free association: To be associated with AlunaGeorge and Disclosure is pure gold.
For fans of: Jamiroquai x Robyn + Pet Shop Boys, Chemical Bros, modern electro trip-hop.

TheCivilWarsThe Civil Wars
The Civil Wars
(Columbia/Sensibility Recordings)
Sounds like:
The Grammy favorites and clandestine country pop duo are clearly fighting the temptation of an affair as this could be their last (albeit strongest) effort.
Free association: This one’s heavy with emotional baggage and strife. No, thanks.
For fans of: James Vincent McMorrow + Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile and a jug of moonshine.

Sounds like:
Somewhat of a supergroup, the Berlin-based trio is also Apparat and Modeselektor; together, they make flawlessly blissful minimalist techno.
Free association: Another contender in the race for dance record of the year.
For fans of: DJ Koze/Daphni x James Blake + dark R&B, Autechre, German beauty.

The_Icarus_Line_Slave_Vows_1375372487_crop_550x550The Icarus Line
Slave Vows
Sounds like:
The California post-punk strongholds stay at the fore of their genre with another beguiling set of noise and thrash, tempered by dynamism and class.
Free association: They got their start with Ink & Dagger before they were 21 and still rule.
For fans of: At the Drive-In x Drive Like Jehu, Jesus and Mary Chain/NIN, sophistipunk.

Hobo Rocket
Sounds like:
Close cousins to fellow Aussies Tame Impala, members of their touring team keep getting tighter; this one’s loud, psychedelic and slick.
Free association: If a TI show’s any indication, these guys wail extra on weed.
For fans of: Unknown Mortal Orchestra x MGMT + Yuck, White Denim, bugging out.

KT-Tunstall-Invisible-Empire-_-Crescent-Moon-2013-1500x1500KT Tunstall
Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon
Sounds like:
A decidedly more earnest and humble collection, which is nice, because the FM pop radio KT is a little abrasive, unless you dig corny white girls.
Free association: Didn’t see this one coming. Bracing for hate was unnecessary.
For fans of: Dido x Sheryl Crow + acoustic Fiona Apple, Shelby Lynne, quiet estrogen.

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