Because they are actually unique, Bear In Heaven sometimes feels out of place in the current indie rock landscape. Good thing they still make songs like “Sinful Nature,” which has become something of an underground summer jam and keeps getting revisited by eager remixers. Here, we have one from When Saints Go Machine that drops the original into a murky, downtrodden abyss that still emits enough magic to get by.
Montreal trio Parlovr has a sweet little depressive nugget here in “You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely.” A cut off the band’s Kook Soul LP, the song alternates between sun harmony torch music with treble guitar dots and a near-explosive chorus that’s as resolute as it is poppy.
The Traveling Wilburys, they are not: Divine Fits is a supergroup comprising hip dudes Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). Their first album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, is out August 28 on Merge and the lead track, “My Love Is Real,” is a Boeckner-crooned coaster. Its crackling synths and cool-as-a-cucumber vocals make it a sonic sister to a Handsome Furs tune – welcome news for fans of the group that recently hung up its cleats
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