Toro y Moi's latest record Anything in Return is an album that has the style and sound of a late-night, hip dance club. The overall tone of the first track, "Harm in Change," shows the sensibilities of a Michael Jackson song like "Billie Jean," but it replaces a catchy bright melody with darker hooks and instrumentation. The opening of the track is smooth and easy to listen to, but has such a great flow, and the beat progressively gets heavier and heavier as the song distorts and uses harsher synths and percussion to keep the beat alive.
Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven offers another round of ice-cold synth-pop on their third LP I Love You, It’s Cool. The album’s sound blends the ethereal, omnipresent synthesizer technique heard on recent albums from S.C.U.M. and The Horrors with expertly crafted hooks and programming along the lines of M83.
Trevor Powers, a 22-year-old Boise, Idaho habitant, is Youth Lagoon. You’ll probably hear the word “bedroom” peppered throughout discussions of his debut LP, The Year of Hibernation, whether it is bedroom-pop, bedroom-rock, bedroom project, etc.