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JW Francis – “Lofi”

Something about the mix of “Lofi” really rubbed us the right way… It’s a warm and warbly indie pop jam from NYC-based mastermind JW Francis. Pairing jangly guitars with tape-aged bursts of vocals, this one is a lighthearted blast of bedroom pop goodness from an otherwise unforgiving city. Be forewarned – the opening riff is enough…

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Drens – “Heat”

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than some raucous German surf-punk. Drens certainly nail the sound, especially on their latest offering, “Heat.” Fans of Together Pangaea, Wavves, or Cloud Nothings will like their fast tempos, bratty vocals, and overall sunny disposition. They wrap things up nice and succinct with a cool, slow-down finish. Check it out below…

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Shelter Boy – “Let ’em Go”

Germany-based Shelter Boy is onto something – we dig the delightfully carefree vibes we’re getting from his latest, “Let ’em Go.” Featuring a delivery that is reminiscent of King Krule with the swimmy, guitar-driven indie pop of TOPS and the nihilist energy of Mac Demarco, “Let ’em Go” is the kind of song that explores noodly guitar…

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Alexander Biggs – “Miserable”

Every now and again, an acoustic ballad will come out of left-field and rub us just the right way – this time around, it’s “Miserable” by Australian singer/songwriter Alexander Biggs. His stark and honest vocals are soaked in reverb – they lay beautifully atop his orchestral acoustic pop. fans of Sufjan Stevens, Elliot Smith, or Conor Oberst will…

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Dominic Sen – “Natural History

We’re digging the dreamy pop sound from Brooklyn solo-act Dominic Sen. Check out the handheld-VHS aesthetic of her latest video for “Natural History.” Between the kitschy retro feels and vaguely romantic lyrics about gift shops and museums, we think this one will make a great addition to your chill-out playlist. Fans of Porches, Jay Som, or…

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Blood Capsules – “She Did a Lot of Acid”

Blood Capsules paint a vivid picture here on “She Did a Lot of Acid” – the band mixes swirling and squelching guitar noise with creepy organ flourishes and a frantic tempo drum beat. The urgent instrumentals this sextet craft help to set a backdrop for the morose lyrical story of a girl who did a few too…

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Foliage – “Apprehension”

We’re digging the icy sparse vibes of “Apprehension” by California solo act Foliage. This one carries a bit of emotional weight – struggling with the state of one’s mind being in a constant state of worry, among other things. But beyond the stark lyrical confessions, this one has a curiously catchy guitar part coupled with…

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BDRMM – “Shame”

BDRMM are a self-described ugly pop band whose “Shame” caught our attention. This single from their debut is super promising, boasting an icy, post-punk aesthetic accented by twinkly guitar leads and aloof vocals. Fans of DIIV, Interpol, or Turnover will find common ground here – we love the chill-out spell that this one puts us under….

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Magdalena Bay – “Good Intentions”

Synthpop duo Magdalena Bay are no strangers to buffaBLOG – we’ve posted several of their songs in the past. They return with more pop excellence with their latest, “Good Intentions.” Airy, lilting vocals lay overtop dance-tinged, squiggly synth accents and an upbeat demeanor. This one should readily appeal to fans of Purity Ring or CHVRCHES…

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Dead Rituals – “Closer”

“Closer” is the debut single from Dead Rituals, aka Italian solo-artist Andrea Caccese. Full of frantic strumming and an ear-catching slide guitar moan, “Closer” has the urgent energy of an exciting new act with the pop sentiment that usually comes with years of writing and releasing. Fans of DIIV, Oso Oso, or The Cure will dig…

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