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Mike Edel - 31

It’s an important coming-of-age moment, giving yourself permission to be free to choose; and this is a fitting ode to that sense of both commitment and looming hardship.

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Mike Edel - 31
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Danny Golden - Old Love

The images are lush and the voice is dusty, the guitar crackles like a campfire and the song builds from just an acoustic guitar into the layered swell of a full band.

photo credit: Michael CB Stevens

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Danny Golden - Old Love
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Anna Shoemaker - Too High

The image and the persona that Shoemaker delivers is sumptuous, and the song shines as a stylistic reference to the casual, the throwaway, the kicked-back let’s-do-something-we-won’t-remember kind of restlessness.

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Ben Laver feat. Vian Izak - Save My Heart

You can feel the different instruments undulating in to and out of focus, like a boat on the water, moving with the tide.

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Ben Laver feat. Vian Izak - Save My Heart
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Harlequin Gold - Youth

With a strong sense of melody and some poetry of everyday life, Harlequin Gold gives us a sense of what it feels like to be young right now.

photo credit: Ola Krol

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Chloe Lilac - Summer

This song approximates the throwaway sense of modern determinism as well any out there with smart lyrics and a very artistic sanctity of message.

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Chloe Lilac - Summer
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Common Kings - Lock Me Up (feat. Stephen Marley)

Common Kings get together with Stephen Marley with a reggae drop about doing what it takes to feed your family.

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Common Kings - Lock Me Up (feat. Stephen Marley)
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Taylor Piggott - Dreams

An airy vocal mix of subtle harmony, a fat punchy sound from the bass, and some lovestruck lyricism paint an introspective scene.

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Taylor Piggott - Dreams
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Loren Cole - God Only Knows Why

Loren Cole captures the essence of leaving it to destiny. It's the heart of adult self-discovery: making sense of the inexplicable.

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Loren Cole - God Only Knows Why
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Jon Reynolds & The Aches - Undertow

Pretty much all bass line and melody, this catchy single strikes a balance between a riff-y roots-elegance and a touch of modern throwaway-cool.

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Jon Reynolds & The Aches - Undertow
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Si Clancy - What'll It Be

Si Clancy creates a conversation with himself, to perhaps exorcise a memory from his heart, or just to celebrate the absurdity of love itself.

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Kurt Vile - Loading Zones

There is this feeling that the music here is just a bit raw, very human, and unadorned; it's not exactly alt-folk, it's not exactly anything, it's Kurt Vile.

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Kurt Vile - Loading Zones
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Jailbox - Bird Rib

A folk-inspired acoustic guitar along with a classic roots-band sound and some creative harmonies make this a bittersweet and lulling aural retrospective.

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