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Psymun - Pink Label

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Downtempo rhythms and organic hip-hop create a wonderfully drab atmosphere to crawl into on Psymun's new album, Pink Label. Taking cues from the recent emphasis on texture in wonky and instrumental hip hop, Psymun creates neverendingly interesting soundscapes that seem to inhabit a dark, yet livable space.

Album standout "ok" also wanders into the world of ethereal guitar permeating the alternative world at the moment. Think of it as an even drearier version of the Zoo Kid's "Out Getting Ribs" without vocals. While at times the album's musical inspirations can feel too directly plucked from their sources, the styles that are mashed up here fit so well together and have been blended so little that the album never feels derivative.

Washed Out - "Don't Give Up"

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Washed Out--a.k.a. Ernest Greene--releases this video for "Don't Give Up" off of his upcoming album, Paracosm.

Paracosm means a detailed fantasy world, and this video looks to make the creatures of our own world into the creatures that inhabit a paracosm. The video consists entirely of close-ups of animals that shift in color as frequently and dramatically as the phaser effect on the keyboards. The song itself is a lush jungle groove, the soundtrack to rambling in a humid environment. Even if the song doesn't do it for you, this video, courtesy of director Kate Moross, is a must watch.

Watch a review for Washed Out's last LP Within and Without below: