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JOBS' experimentation stays controlled on "Opulent Fields," new LP out 8.7

“Opulent Field,” the latest video by NYC experimental quartet JOBS, feels simultaneously complex and minimalistic. Utilizing repetitive instrumental elements (namely guitar and cello), in tandem with a tightly-wound electronic percussive overlay, JOBS’ sound is hypnotic yet never overindulgent, relying upon precise interweaving of acoustic and synthetic parts to craft dreamily distant indie rock. Moreover, the band’s give-and-take approach to performance and the decision to keep their sound grounded makes for an intrepid-yet-quiet listen — stream it below, and keep an ear out for the band’s forthcoming endless birthdays, out August 7th.

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PREMIERE: TALLBIRD detail friendship vibrantly on “Battery,” new LP out 9.25

The music of Brooklyn-based indie pop duo Tallbird is a consistent blend of idiosyncratic and sincere, marked by joyful subject matter expressed in a manner that’s warm and, occasionally, fluorescent. Take new single “Battery” as an introductory smattering of the band’s colorful approach to sound collage — bombastic horns, a marching rhythmic core, and sweet vox by Erica Marchetta-Wood converge in maximalist fashion, yet the sound is never overwhelming and feels ever-familiar. It’s fitting then that the song’s subject matter deals with having an extremely extroverted friend who can be, in a sense, a “bit much” at times; give it a listen below and keep an eye out for Tallbird’s forthcoming record Lost Pet Poster Temple out September 25. Photo by Erica Marchetta-Wood

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Jonathan Something displays vintage panache in new video “I Tried To Lose You But I Don’t Know How”

There’s something endearing about nakedly bearing one’s heart on your sleeve, and Jonathan Something captures a bygone 80s pre-sadboy bravado in new video “I Tried To lose You But I Don’t Know How.” Forlorn melody and plucky Yamaha synths bring a vintage aesthetic to the forefront (as does the quasi-VHS grain of the visuals), but Something really sells it in his panache, both in physical movement and vocal prowess; his pop vocal delivery occupies the liminal space between camp and classic, equally evocative of both James Murphy and George Michael. Tongue in cheek and deceptively catchy, watch the video below, and stream his new record Cannibal House Rules, out now via Solitaire Recordings. Photo by Mike Boyle

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Monograms' "LINES (featuring Kat E)" encapsulates our current secluded worlds

Despite our best efforts over the last four months to remain connected (virtually) with friends and family, it’s not uncommon to feel a looming loneliness, a sentiment at the center of new Monograms track “LINES featuring Kat E.” “It’s a song about feeling like an outsider everywhere you go, which is common… given how dystopian, alienating and backwards the entire world kinda feels right now,” says frontman Ian Jacobs of the track, and said alienation transcends to the listening experience — dark filtered vox and phaser-laden keys create a foreboding energy evocative of New York’s collective psyche during those deserted, early April 2020 days. Perfect listening for gazing forlornly at the world at large from your bedroom window, stream this “nuke wave” jam below, out now via PaperCup Music, and keep an ear out for Monograms' forthcoming LP Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever dropping later this month. Photo by Michelle LoBianco

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