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Wild Nothing- "Paradise"

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Wild Nothing drops yet another track from it's forthcoming album, which will drop via Captured Tracks on August 28th. The title: Nocturne.

If the last track Wild Nothing dropped signified a crush on the 80s, "Paradise" is pure infatuation. The drum beat and synth sound a lot like something that would have backed a New Order track back in the day. The low-toned vocals are a nice touch as well. Not the best song I've heard these guys pull together, but it should hit the spot for those with new wave nostalgia.

Kindness- "That's Alright" (Loved)

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Kindness is the musical project of Mr. Adam Bainbridge, a producer who hasn't really been heard from since dropping a cover for the Replacements tune "Swinging Party" in '09 on Moshi Moshi Records.

Out of nowhere, Bainbridge is back with a set of tunes that embrace the new wave, electro funk, and synth pop sensibilities of the 1980s. The guy seems to be equal parts Prince, David Byrne, and Ariel Pink, too.

Though the style of music the above track indulges in has been announced dead long ago--and nearly every artist looking to revive it has been met with some cynicism--the composition of this song is what hits me hardest. The opening horn and synth interlude is stunning. It's chilling. It sets an epic tone for what's ultimately just a pop tune, but first impressions are everything.

Kindness' new album is titled World, You Need a Change of Mind.

Choir of Young Believers- "Patricia's Thirst"

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For the past few years, the 80s have been a carcass the indiesphere is desperately picking over like a group of starving buzzards. However, that doesn't mean these more nostalgic releases don't have their bright spots.

So, here's a track from the forthcoming Choir of Young Believers album, Rhine Gold. It'll be out via Ghostly in March of 2012, and the first track to drop, "Patricia's Thirst," is a pretty fun and hooky combination of synth basslines and dreamy vocals. Enjoy!