There are quite a few good ideas on Angel's Pulse; unfortunately they aren't fleshed out enough, nor do they reinforce one another.
Gus Dapperton's debut album is a shoddy mix of all the most agreeable sounds to have been popularized in the indie scene over the past decade.
With Mazy Fly, Spellling stands out as one of Sacred Bones' most exciting musical prospects.
George Clanton's brand of 90s-inspired hypnagogic pop on Slide is fresh and intriguing despite the album's concept not being taken far enough.
The Voidz's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to rock music results in a vibrant sophomore album.
NY pop duo MGMT executes a fantastic return to form with the sounds of synth pop on Little Dark Age.
The retrospective Dedicated to Bobby Jameson finds Ariel Pink going back to his old musical stomping grounds and crafting some of his best songs yet.
After a string of teaser videos whose musical content ran the gamut from hypnagogic pop to avant-folk to modern classical to even black metal, James Ferraro has announced a new album and shared its lead single, "Twilight Pretender." The album has yet to be detailed, and because James tends to keep a lot of irons in the fire, who knows if all the aforementioned styles will turn up on the same project. This particular track has a hazy adult contemporary thing going on and may appeal to those turned off by the atonal aspects of James' previous non-classical work, Skid Row. I really dig it - this sounds like Internet music in its purest form.
(But I lowkey want to hear more of that hypnagogic black metal stuff.)