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Alex Winston may be one of the most underrated pop musicians of this generation. I first saw her perform live three years ago at a dive bar in London, where she and her band burst with fearless energy and impossibly dynamic talent. The Detroit native is able to write classic yet fresh melodies that’ll give you a sugar rush, but her brand of pop is more indie-folk inspired than bubblegum.It’s not too surprising that Winston is classically trained in ... Read More
Alice Boman's EP II should be listened to outdoors during a spring dusk, at around 7 in the evening.  Her voice, full of impossible longing, speaks the darkness of distance and the brightness of pyres burning in sunset colors. The album opens with "What," a track that features a rhythm section made up of the occasional kick and ambient scratches, plus gorgeous piano floating in a lake of white noise. "Over" is one of the highlights of the record, reminiscent ... Read More
Rose Windows is much more than a “psychedelic” rock band. This septet fuses folk, jazz, and blues to craft a sound that shows off the Seattleites’ penchant for weird-wave instrumentation and haunting group harmonies. Rabia Qazi provides soaring, soulful vocals alongside Veronica Dye who plays one mean flute. Their debut LP The Sun Dogs was released in June on ultimate indie label Sub Pop, and features some strange, epic ballads reminiscent of ‘60s and ... Read More
Angel Olsen is a Chicago-based singer songwriter, and her 2012 album Half Way Home got a LOT of play in my apartment last year. Check her out on Spotify if you enjoy Patsy Cline, Bonnie "Prince" Billy (she’s toured with him), or beautiful folk songs about restless wandering and dudes who don’t call. If you get the chance to see her live, do—she played Pitchfork Music Festival last summer and managed to turn day-drunk festival goers into a mostly ... Read More
Here at BUST HQ, it’s rainy, gloomy, humid, and just generally disgusting outside. It’s days like these that are perfect for watching the grossness from your window while you sit back and enjoy the sweet, soothing sounds of multi-instrumentalist Aisha Burns. Former violinist for folk ensemble Balmorhea, the Austin-based singer-songwriter has moved on to compose an album of her own and we can see why. She sang in secret for years, which you’ll ... Read More
We've been fans of duo songstresses Smoke Fairies since their debut release Through Low Light and Trees back in 2011. The British gals, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, have fine-tuned their haunting harmonized vocals and powerful dual guitarwork over the past six years. Smoke Fairies put an eerily brilliant spin on blues rock by incorporating classic folk elements into their sound, especially on tracks like "Let Me Know" and "Awake."The psych-folk ladies ... Read More
After 6 years of no Rilo Kiley, I had given up on ever hearing anything new from them again. While not all of rkives is brand spankin' "new" exactly, it's still a lovely treat for my ears that I welcomed with open arms. A collection of rarities and B-sides, the 16-song album has pretty much everything a Rilo Kiley fan could as for. The three leading tracks are strong, beginning with "Let Me Back In," a break-up-turned-love-song that lets Jenny Lewis' voice soar ... Read More
Indie-folk powerhouse Laura Stevenson may have been taunting you with the promise of upcoming album Wheel, but now she's given a little taste-tester to hold you over. Former Bomb the Music Industry! keyboardist Laura Stevenson has put together Runner, a three-song 7” that gives us the best of both worlds: upbeat, pop jams and quieter, piano-heavy ballads. The first single off Wheel, “Runner,” builds an infectious energy and contains the ... Read More
Now that our tears have dried after the news of the Girls breakup, we can all welcome Christopher Owens’ solo act to our ears with love. Lysandre is a concept album with a stranger sound than that of Girls’ beloved Album and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. The 11-track LP seems even more personal, but think less of that lo-fi sound and more experimental folk. Owens is currently promoting Lysandre with a long list of international tour dates, one of which I ... Read More
by Michael Levine Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, a.k.a Dead Can Dance, have reunited for their first album of new material since 1996’s Spiritchaser. 'Anastasis' is a welcome return from one of the most remarkable musical ensembles ever.   If you’re not familiar with these musicians, DCD are renowned for mixing elements of western medieval music, Celtic, world-beat and etherial synth-rock to come up with their own unique mix. As on ... Read More
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