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Amen Dunes – Believe


We've already expressed our strong feelings for his new full-length Freedom, and today Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes shares the third track from the album, with the sprawling, poignant "Believe". According to a press release, it's "a song of forgiveness and of reckoning", as McMahon comes to terms with his mother's illness and mortality, and it certainly feels like the record's emotional center and heart (and arguably its best song)...

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follow our Best Songs of 2018 Spotify playlist


2018 has been such a bountiful year for incredible new music from favorites new and old that it's been almost impossible to keep up, but I'm doing my best. In addition to all the posts here on the site, I've been consistently updating our running "Best Songs of 2018" Spotify playlist, featuring some of the essential 2018 jams that may or may not be on your radar yet, from the likes of Avalon, Barrie, Sun June, oklou, Helena Deland, MorMor, Peggy Gou, Grouper, Amen Dunes, G Flip + more...

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premiere: Maria Usbeck – Bosque De Bambú


Maria Usbeck follows up her impossibly charming and transportive 2016 debut LP Amparo with a long-awaited and absolutely wonderful new single, out today via Cascine + Labrador. There's an infectiously bouncy, almost whimsical playfulness to "Bosque De Bambú" (reflected in that amazing cover art seen below), a dazzling synth-pop jam that Maria says "should be played anytime you feel that you are breaking the norm"...

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premiere: Air Waves – Blue Fire


Brooklyn's Nicole Schneit aka Air Waves shares the gorgeous album-closing reverie from her excellent new record Warrior, out next month on Austin label Western Vinyl. Although the dreamy, vaguely Beach House-esque "Blue Fire" is about change and all the anxiety that it can create, there's a poignant hopefulness here that tends to just radiate from all of Air Waves' best songs...

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Grouper announces new album Grid of Points, shares new song “Parking Lot”


Liz Harris returns next month with another devastating Grouper album, in a similar vein as her 2014 masterpiece Ruins. Grid of Points is a starkly beautiful, intimate, and achingly fleeting "set of songs for piano and voice", inspired by "the idea that something is missing or cold"...

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