Cheap Synths "Yes Yes Yes"
Cheap Synths are a mysterious, nearly un-google-able duo from Brooklyn. Seriously, try and google “cheap synths” and not get, well… listing of synths for sale. Cheap! Their debut EP Yes Yes Yes is a collection of quirky, danceable pop–not wholly unlike LCD Soundsystem with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and unrelentingly catchy electronic beats, funky bass lines, and disco hints. There is no reason this shouldn’t be blaring from every rooftop party held this summer. So get the party started and check out “Devestate!!”
Eluvium "Pianoworks (Temporary Residence)"
For the first time in nearly 15 years, Eluvium has released a collection of solo piano pieces. Obviously, as a modern classical composer, this was likely at one point his go-to emotional outlet. But like happens to many of us, we get distracted by all the new cool things we’ve learned. But Pianoworks (Temporary Residence) is a testament to going back to what you originally learned to do occasionally. Simply put, you aren’t going to find a better, more beautiful collection of piano music anywhere. So start at the beginning and give “Recital” a listen.
Apex Manor "Heartbreak City (Merge)"
Recorded in a scant two weeks studio time, the new Apex Manor record Heartbreak City (Merge) is about as spontaneous and live as records can be today. Ross and the boys are reveling in the fun of ‘90s alt/college rock without relying on the nostalgia that comes along with that sound far too often. This is just the real thing. Pure, unabashed indie rock. A little like Dinosaur Jr. (with some shoegaze synths mixed in for maximum enjoyment), and a lot like Apex Manor. Check out “Where My Mind Goes.”
Gemma "Feeling’s Not A Tempo (Double Double Whammy)"
I mean, has there ever been a better time to be a pop devotee? We really are in a pop music renaissance and that’s one of the few things making life liveable these days (sorry to get bleak in a blurb, but these are bleak days…) Case in point is this new Gemma record Feeling’s Not A Tempo (Double Double Whammy). Modern indie quirk, soulful vocals, ‘80s synths, Prince-esque guitar solos, danceable percussion, and a healthy dose of swagger. Groove along to “Only One.”