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Wye Oak - "Lifer"

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Yesterday Baltimore duo Wye Oak released “Lifer,” the third single from their upcoming album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. The LP drops next week via Merge and follows 2016's Tween.

The airy piano and vocals, and echoing guitar on “Lifer” may not stand out in the indie rock field, but the song is undeniably pretty. The distorted guitar solo late in the track is a pleasant and intriguing surprise that gives the song more personality.

Wye Oak will kick off their European tour on April 19 after playing the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, Iowa. The band will start their North American tour on May 9 in Asheville, North Carolina.

-Owen Murray

Beach Fossils - Somersault

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4 years after Beach Fossils' great sophomore album Clash the Truth, the Brooklyn band has returned with their most lavish effort yet. I can still commend the band for not shamelessly trend-chasing like many of their dreamy, jangly contemporaries, but unfortunately the pastiche of '60s pop sounds they serve up here isn't enough to distract from some pretty bland songwriting.