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Gold-Bears
"So Natural"

That fuzz-pop ripcord of a hook and the hail of neurotic referents—did they sneak in a Will Cullen Hart shout-out?—are there to divert you from the money shot: "There's nothing more sacred than you standing next to me." A potent burst of kidult lust, just in time for summer.

Oneida
"Gray Area"

It's astonishing how near and dear a numbing throb becomes after just a few moments—and how devastating a lone guitar blare can seem in its pulsating wake.

Liturgy
"Helix Skull"

Never, ever chug a case of Red Bull prior to attending live spectaculars by synth-driven prog outfits; the results probably sound a lot like "Skull."

Skin Graft
"Cold Shock"

This solo noise project of Cleveland's Wyatt Howland highlights a technique under-utilized in his genre: the warping of raw, sandpaper sound into anti-gravity funnels. "Shock" is less shock 'n' snarl than a carefully calibrated series of sucking sounds, bobbing and weaving and mutating.

Infinitirock
"HomeMovies"

Somewhere in the depths of a speakeasy, an intoxicatingly magical atmosphere entirely indistinct from immediate physical surroundings, early aughts. Q-Tip and J. Dilla on the wheels of steel, tilting a room that already exists at an unnatural angle.

 
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