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Butter the Children - True Crime EP (8/20 via Downtown)
Ghosts of Brooklyn's recent past—that is, members of Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, Fiasco and Le Rug—come back to life to validate the staying power of punk from decades ago. On a three-track EP, frontwoman Inna Mkrtycheva, backed by a precise-yet-fevered band, recalls Corin Tucker, Jenny Lewis and Debbie Harry in their varying proportions of sweetness and bile.
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe (8/20 via Dead Oceans)
Barwick continues the progression of lifting her songs into something more than an intricate network of loops. Here, they arrive at hushed—though fully formed—lullabies, whose stillness evokes more eeriness than it does peacefulness.
Ski Lodge - Big Heart (8/20 via Dovecote)
You remember when Voxtrot teased us all with three EPs of unbounded hooks and slightly concealed snark? Ski Lodge is just like them, except their debut full-length—led by Andrew Marr sounding like a perfect combination of Ramesh Srivastava, Ezra Koenig and Charlie Brown—lives up to their shining (yet sad) previous work.