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You Need to Hear This - 2018 Edition! Part 1

So I have despaired in the past year or so that I'm not really in the know about most new music. ANOTHER FEAR OF GETTING OLD, I suppose. But the past few months have flipped that anxiety on its head.

Here are the first wave I've discovered since about February of this year that I'd like to share with y'all. Bear in mind, most of them fall in the "indie" or "synthpop" category. Why? Bcs those my favorite genres, asshole. But there is some diversity in the below. Catch it:

Phum Viphurit
This kid sounds like summer! He compares his music to the sun for obvious reasons. Phum, who is based out Bangkok, reminds me so much of a Jens Lekman raised on Motown. Hey just listen to Phum and fall in love like I did (it took maybe two listens for me to get hooked on this adorable song/video).



Roosevelt
An act a friend turned me on to, Roosevelt feel like a derivative of Washed Out - yet a bit more pop-oriented and melodic. It feels like an improvement to a lot of those forgettable chillwave bands we saw emerging in the early 2010s.


Mitski
If I had to handpick someone that I feel like might be the best successor to the Jenny Lewis-type throne in popular music, I'd pick Mitski. Especially her slower song "First Love Late Spring" reminded me a ton of the Rilo Kiley frontwoman.

Mitski herself has a new album due out soon and I guess she's been popular for a while, but I myself reside under a rock. Check out one of her newer songs-


Electric Guest
This is an act I've known about for some time but have always chosen to ignore (sry). Listened to them the other day at work and was like, damn! For anyone who enjoys Chromeo or Holy Ghost!, this is right up your alley. (P.S. that is Haim on the chorus).


Now, Now
This band has been around for a WHILE, but they're definitely in the running for the best comeback of the year. An enjoyable indie pop record - they're on tour right now and be sure to catch them unlike me who was STUPID and didn't realize they were HERE until a week too late.

That's all I got for today! Stay tuned for PART 2 where I discuss even MORE.

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