When every tune tastes like cherry

If someone told you they liked pop music with a casual, “I like a chipper synthesized baseline, a plucky electric guitar and lyrics about adolescent life that make my heart tingle, if you please,” you would probably tell them to simmer down.
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Local Limelight: Silver Swans

Combining dark, swirling synths with haunting vocals, San Francisco duo Silver Swans explores the shadowy areas of the dream pop soundscape. Reminiscent of a slightly more light-hearted Beach House, the band released their second album, Touch, last November, which draws inspiration from a new relationship vocalist Ann Yu was experiencing
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Warpaint’s dreamy second album clouds listeners

Listening to Warpaint’s sophomore venture, the self-titled Warpaint, feels like floating through a sea of smoke and muted lights — it’s all very pretty and you get lost in the environment, but there are times when it might have helped a bit to have some guidance. Their music is beautiful
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Best Coast: The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast, the surf pop outfit from Los Angeles, return with their sophomore LP The Only Place. Since the release of their debut album, 2010’s Crazy For You, Best Coast has toured extensively, supported Planned Parenthood, advertised for Converse, shot a music video directed
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Beach House: Bloom

At its core, Beach House’s sound hasn’t changed much since the Baltimore dream pop duo released its self-titled debut six years ago. But with each new release, the band has continued to refine its sound and their fourth album, Bloom, is no different. Alex Scally’s droning guitar on album opener
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Oakland quartet Trails and Ways makes political dream pop

Keith Brown’s favorite novel is Greil Marcus’ “Lipstick Traces.” In the subdued, understated manner that is his hallmark, he claimed that it taught him to reject everything he had ever known and embrace the philosophy of punk rock at the age of 17. A rather odd statement, coming from a
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