The Ophelias, Almost

Produced by Yoni Wolf (WHY?), the new album Almost glides between palatial assuredness and pallid introspection, looking back on youthful yearning—the uncertainties, the traumas, the anxieties—without discounting its soft beauty. The Ophelias steer Almost through the lineage of coming-of-age confessionals, and affectionately document their growth into a warm, fractured adulthood.

Stereogum premiered official Lyric Video for first single ”Fog”. “Just under two minutes, it’s jumpy, sweeping, and polished. It feels alive and warm, as if covered in a sheet of honey.”

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Yonatan Gat, Universalists

After three years of work, Yonatan Gat has finally completed his ambitious and expansive new album: Universalists.

The sources of inspiration on Universalists are vast. This album is a conceptual and crafted snapshot of an artist evolving and experimenting, fusing the physical garage punk and freewheeling improvisational sounds with elements of avant-garde composition, electronic production and the signature sound of his inimitable guitar.

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Optiganally Yours, O.Y. In Hi-Fi

Optiganally Yours is Rob Crow and Pea Hix. Through much research and a little detective work, Pea rescued the original studio master tapes--which held all of the sounds recorded for the Optigan discs--from a SoCal garage, and set out to assemble basic tracks from the thousands of loops and samples the tapes contained.

Since the tapes contained large amounts of material that never made it onto Optigan discs in the 1970s, there was a lot of fresh territory to explore. In contrast to the grainy, lo-fi sound of the Optigan discs, these sounds were all hi-fi studio quality. ‘O.Y. In Hi-Fi’ was born.

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Joan of Arc, 1984

Remarkably, so much of the cluttered sound of earlier Joan of Arc LPs has largely fallen away on ’1984’, as has Kinsella’s voice. At first it’s genuinely shocking. But the songs here are a revelation, as profound and plainspoken as parables. Thoroughly of the band’s lineage, Melina Ausikaitis’ lyrics are equally measured with wit, despair and stubborn perseverance.

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No Joy / Sonic Boom

No Joy / Sonic Boom is Jasamine White-Gluz and Pete Kember (of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.).

While neither can accurately recollect how they met, the pair first touched on the idea of working together in an exchange of emails during the fall of 2015. What started as a sonic exploration between two friends—passing songs back and forth intercontinentally between Montreal and Portugal—soon grew into a project of substance, the result being four glistening tracks that dance along the lines of electronica, trip-hop and experimental noise.

Check out the world premiere of “Obsession” (Radio Edit) over on Stereogum.

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Oneida, Romance

This incredible band has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn underground for nearly two decades. Always evolving, the group has been a beacon of musical exploration and enthralling unpredictability.

Recorded over several years in various locales, the 11 songs on Romance are built around deeply developed long-arc rhythm/phase concepts, noise, yearning, blind guitar rage, longing, the lurch of dying electronics, and a multi-modal embrace of human fallibility and artifice.

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