Young Rapids

The new Young Rapids reemerged this year from their hiatus with purpose, though the expressive core of the DC dream pop group remains as strong as ever. As with their earliest recordings, today’s Young Rapids carefully and artfully synthesize their interests in storytelling and experimentalism into a vast yet direct sound that’s at times reminiscent of Radiohead, TV on the Radio and The Walkmen, while remaining uniquely original. Pretty Ugly is fully formed, each twist and turn reinforcing the album’s character, all leading to the catharsis of closer “Ugly”. “Now I understand,” croons Dan Gleason at the record’s end. And somehow, we do too.

Tiny Hazard

Tiny Hazard is an avant-popular band from Brooklyn, New York. Combining strategic dissonance of early 20th Century American composition and with the courage of balladeers like Bjork and Cocteau Twins, the music of Tiny Hazard is jarring and magical.

THE SONGS IN PREE'S UPCOMING ALBUM, RIMA (WHICH TAKES ITS NAME FROM GEOLOGIC FISSURES ON THE MOON), FEATURE A SERIES OF INTERPERSONAL CONFRONTATION--INTERACTIONS ENHANCED AND AT TIMES DISTORTED BY THE NARRATOR'S OWN FRACTURED UNDERSTANDING OF OTHERS. THEY ARE SENT OFF IN AN OUTPOURING OF LETTERS CENTERED AROUND LONGING AND EXPECTATION, WHOSE IMPOSING JAWS ARE OFTEN ONLY CAPABLE OF ENSNARING DISAPPOINTMENT AND HEARTBREAK. THEY REVEAL TRUTHS IN A HARSH LIGHT, AT TIMES EXPOSING WIDE EXPANSES BETWEEN FRIENDS AND INTIMATES WHO HAVE SPENT TIME ENOUGH APART TO APPROACH EACH OTHER WITH NEAR-SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVITY. OTHER EXPANSES, STILL NARROW AND TENDER, TAKE THE FORM OF DEFENSIVE TRENCHES OR REASONS TO RAISE ONE'S VOICE TO A FIGURE NOT YET OUT OF EARSHOT.

WHETHER THE GAPS HAVE TAKEN A LIFETIME TO DEVELOP OR APPEAR ABRUPTLY AND PERHAPS THROUGH SELF-INFLICTION, THE LETTERS IN RIMA REMAIN UNANSWERED, PROMPTING THE SENDER TO DRAW HER OWN CONCLUSIONS REGARDING THOSE CLOSE TO HER. THE ALBUM IS A STUDY IN THESE DIVERGENCES OF PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW THE NARRATOR COPES WITH THEIR IMPLICATIONS AS SHE SEEKS TO DEFINE HERSELF AND DETERMINE WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND AND WHAT IS WORTH HANGING ONTO.

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