By Sarah Besnard
Artist: Peaking Lights
From: Madison, WI
Sounds Like: High Places meets Ratatat meets Moon Duo
Reason to listen: Peaking Lights is made up of band members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis (yes, the band is well-aware that their initials = A.C.I.D.). They also have a sweet practice basement filled with crazy, homemade synthesizers, which these creative masterminds fiddle around with to make some psychedelically soothing music.
Listen/Watch: “Amazing and Wondeful”
Buy: on Amazon
Artist: Mozart Parties
From: London/Lake District, UK
Sounds Like: Atmospheric pop-rock
Reason to listen: Led by 23-year-old James Bennett, this 5-piece outfit describes their genre on Facebook as “shoegaze indie pop big beat”. Their music has Local Natives’ harmonies, Grizzly Bear’s sense of nostalgia and Fanfarlo’s Britishness.
Listen: “Black Cloud”
From: Milwaukee, WI
Sounds Like: 80’s-synth experimental-freak-pop
Reason to listen: You could be among the first 100 people to “like” them on their Facebook page, and that’ll be a good story to tell when they’re famous.