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Dear John

Loney Dear
Polyvinyl

Emil Svanagen performs your standard-issue indie pop. There’s something about Scandinavian musicians in general and Swedes in particular that makes them veritable geysers of this stuff.

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Hold Time

M. Ward
Merge

Matt Ward is lining up to inherit T. Bone Burnett’s mantle as go-to man for folk-inflected alt sounds.

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Art of Field Recording, Vol. II

Various Artists
Dust to Digital

This four-disc set, the brainchild of archivist Art Rosenbaum, is a staggering collection of American roots music performed by amateur musicians in nonprofessional recording environments.

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Picotero

Monareta
Nacional

Some say drum machines have no soul. On most days, I am one of those people.

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Artificial Fire

Eleni Mandell
Self-released

Unsigned singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell has crafted a surprisingly large body of work, an achievement notable enough in itself without discussing the merits of her latest, Artificial Fire.

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Digby has largely and unfairly gone unnoticed outside the region. The band’s evocative sound recalls ’90s alt-rock with a concise, brooding precision I often long for.

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Livin’ In The Past

Relic
Self-released

Relic fast-forward that quintessential, old-time high lonesome sound into the present.

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To Be Still

Alela Diane
Rough Trade

It’s not that it sounds bad; Alela Diane has that Bon-Iver-only-a-girl/Joanna-Newsom-if-she-could-really-sing quality that is certainly appealing.

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The Crying Light

Antony & The Johnsons
Secretly Canadian

Normally, upon hearing the beautiful, terror-stricken falsetto wails and moans of my favorite bird, the common loon, I revel and meditate.

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Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Van Morrison
Listen To The Lion/EMI

Among the artists that followed the British Invasion was Van Morrison. “Gloria” became a garage rock classic, but who knew his solo career would still go strong?