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Brooke Bentham – Blue Light

Brooke Bentham’s album Everyday Nothing was released on the same day as Soccer Mommy’s latest, and there are a lot of similarities between the two. The latter got way more attention, but I’d say this actually has the edge over it, and there’s a chord change in the chorus of Blue Light that is just wonderful, so it absolutely gets my vote for fuzzy guitar-based indie-pop track of the week.

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Frederik Valentin & Loke Rahbek – Scarlett

At the other end of the ambient spectrum today with something extremely tranquil and enjoyable to lose yourself in. Eight minutes of dreamy synths, plucked guitars and cosmic loveliness. Taken from their second collaborative album Elephant following 2017’s equally chilled Buy Corals Online.

https://lokerahbekfrederikvalentin.bandcamp.com

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MHYSA – sad slutty baby wants more for the world

Extremely intense experimental art-pop taken from MHYSA’s new album NEVAEH. Found the album really challenging, and not always in a good way, but this one stood out for me. Impressive, if perhaps not entirely enjoyable.

https://mhysa301.bandcamp.com

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Bullion – Hula Hula

This is massively reminiscent of Toro Y Moi’s album Boo Boo from a few years ago, both vocally and in the production. Really love it. Very stripped down and minimal but the few elements there are all work together beautifully.

https://bullion.bandcamp.com/

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Real Estate – Friday

This sounds as if it’s been lifted straight from a Zero 7 / Air collaborative album circa 2001 that never saw the light of day, and I am fully on board with it. If you like floaty vocals and meandering percussion over a fuzzy background of synths, you’re in luck! Taken from their new album The Main Thing which I’m yet to listen to as I’ve had this on loop for about half an hour. And I’m even posting it on a Friday: how’s that for synergy?

https://www.realestatetheband.com

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Ulla Straus – Billow

Gorgeous, fragile, floaty ambient from Ulla Straus, taken from her 2019 album Big Room. Simultaneously delicate and powerful: an extremely pleasant way to lose yourself for a few minutes. As Inverted Audio nicely put it in their glowing review, “strictly for the hardcore chillers”.

https://soundcloud.com/ullastraus

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Yves Tumor – Gospel For A New Century

I love Yves Tumor. Safe In The Hands Of Love kinda passed me by on the first few listens, but after bascially everyone ranked it as one of the best albums of the year I went back to it and now I think it’s a complete masterpiece. This is taken from its upcoming album Heaven To A Tortured Mind, out in April, and it’s fantastic.

https://yves-tumor.warp.net

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Banoffee – One Night Stand

Banoffee has previously toured with Taylor Swift and Charli XCX, and her music sits fairly comfortably between the two, although probably a little closer to the latter. Really fantastic production and fun vibes on this, which is taken from her new album Look At Us Now Dad.

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Keeley Forsyth – Debris

This came out back in October as the lead single from Keeley Forsyth’s debut album Debris, but I’ve only just heard it. Her voice is incredible, kinda like a female Nick Cave, portentous and anguished. Brief, but very powerful.

www.keeleyforsyth.com

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Grimes, 潘PAN – Darkseid

Eerie, dark alt pop from Grimes taken from her new album Miss Anthropocene. Unlike what seemed like pretty much everyone else I wasn’t a massive fan of Art Angles, but have really been enjoying this on the first few listens.

www.grimesmusic.com