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MUNYA MINI EP

MUNYA – North Hatley

Psyched to stumble upon these delightfully woozy lazy-summer-day gems from Montreal's Josianne Boivin, aka MUNYA. Check out her brand new mini-EP of dreamy, gently sun-warped French indie-pop below + grab it on bandcamp (and if you're feeling it, check her lovely Beach House cover as well):

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premiere: wished bone – reasons

Courtesy of Glasgow's Human Noise Records, the new label from our friends at Gold Flake Paint, comes this curious and utterly enchanting "dark twee" (the artist's words) wonder from Los Angeles-via-Athens, Ohio group Wished Bone...

BOYS NORA

premiere: stream Boys’ debut LP

Sweden's Nora Karlsson aka Boys delivers on all of the promise of last year's perfect Alvvays-esque jam "Rabbits" on her glorious new LP, out this week on Stockholm label PNKSLM...

TIRZAH

Tirzah – Gladly

Such a sweet, beautiful jam from London artist Tirzah's debut LP Devotion, out this summer on Domino. This one's an automatic addition to our songs of the year playlist, and this is the second album called Devotion in as many days that we're suddenly very psyched about...

gvsb_albums_2017

As the internet's collective attention span continues to dwindle away and the clickbait economy slowly ruins everything good, we made a conscious effort this year to spend more time listening to fewer things. Discovering new favorites will always remain a priority around here, but it felt good to devote more quality time to absorbing ambitious, flawed, elaborately nuanced and layered masterpieces like Dust, Quazarz, Party, and The OOZ. And the more immediate records that we fell in love with at first listen -- TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate, the super charismatic Carti mixtape, and Kelly Lee Owens’ enveloping debut full-length, to name a few -- felt more like all-time favorites with each spin. While anyone in our top 5 could have staked a legit Album of the Year claim depending on the day, we had to put the two EPs that announced the arrival of dance music's brightest new star in their rightful spot at the top of our list. Here are our favorite records of 2017:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

Johnny Jewel releases surprise LP Themes From Television, shares video for “Red Door”

THEMES

Video directed by Radka Leitmeritz. Johnny Jewel's Themes From Television is out today on gatefold 2xLP 180g red vinyl via Italians Do It Better. Watch the video + stream the record in its entirety below:

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Aurora Shields – Only You Can Make Me Blue

AURORA SHIELDS

Absolutely dazzling, early-Madonna-esque debut single/fire from Aurora Shields. Produced by the Toronto dream team Young Guv + Tony Price, and apparently "fueled by a lean diet consisting of ADOLESCENT FUNK, PREFAB SPROUT + CRYSTAL WATER IN GLASS":

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premiere: l i l a – great drama

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We're pleased to debut the beautiful new single from young Quebec singer-songwriter Marianne Poirier, aka l i l a. Poirier's haunting voice hovers like a ghost over the drifting, windswept dark-folk gem "great drama", her sadness seemingly ebbing and flowing with the tide of distant, hypnotic ambient guitar and subtly sweeping strings, as she guides us through a hazy recollection of a particularly intense recurring dream...

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