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Lower Dens - "Non Grata"
Moving from zoned-in krautrock to zoned-in krautpop.
Jenny Hval - "Mephisto in the Water"
Unusual new music from Norway, taking Julia Holter's ethereal grad-school vibe to a more unsettling place.
David Bowie - "Where Are We Now?"
There are emphatic rock songs on The Next Day that argue against age diluting Bowie's snarl, but this is the only one inhabiting the Leonard Cohen afterworld we daydreamed his comeback album would be. His best work in 15 years.
Boards of Canada - "Come to Dust"
They've been gone for years, but I can't remember the original BoC records having this much forward motion to begin with.
My Bloody Valentine - "New You"
For an album decades in the making, mbv was elegantly understated. This is its most direct pop song moment by a fair distance.