Standout Track: No. 3, the slow-crawling “Compassion” from Atlas At Last’s new A Composition Of Functions EP. The College Park hardcore three-piece's music may dwell in aggressive, sludgy places, but “Compassion” is built around a series of gorgeous, stripped-down melodic passages that inject the track with a sense of bleeding-heart urgency. “And do you remember the [...]
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"Arms and legs/Wrapped around my foolish head"
“We live in a time when communication is part of the atmosphere. So, the prospect of being unable to communicate is more terrifying than ever.”
Loud and rollicking, the song lives up to its title.
A musical history of a Dupont condo complex.
A marriage of vintage dance and wistful synthpop, closer to dark minimal wave than Donna Summers.
Standout Track: A song from Chevy Chase bedroom-pop artist Andrew Aylward’s as-yet-untitled debut release, “Self Destruct” is a hazy, lo-fi nugget that could have easily been written by Kurt Vile. Like Vile’s standout 2011 record Smoke Ring for My Halo, it’s as lethargic and repetitious as a Monday-morning routine. “So I’ll take you where the [...]
Standout Track: No. 3, “Edinburgh,” from 22-year-old Rosslyn-based singer/songwriter Jen Miller’s debut LP, Overgrown, which dropped last month. With its wistful, folksy feel and dreamy, reverb-tinged guitars, the song’s sparse accompaniment accents soulful vocals that recall the sultry tones of PHOX’s Monica Martin.
Musical Motivation: Miller spent her junior year in college interning for the Scottish [...]
Standout Track: No. 2, “Shape Up,” Canine Teeth's brief, dark exploration of a romantic relationship at a turning point. A twinge of insanity is audible in the first half of the song, which fits spoken-sung vocals into echoes of Massive Attack’s brooding trip-hop template. The second leg erupts into distortion, frying R&B-flavored lines like “I’m [...]
Standout Track: No. 4, “Pink Guilt,” a textured mix of throbbing synths and spiky guitar riffs from U Street/Petworth-based electronic duo Me and Karen’s debut EP by the same name. The pair—Michael Bartlett and Karen Foote—began collaborating a decade ago while attending the University of Mary Washington, but they didn’t broadcast their layered electro-pop until [...]