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Our favorite tunes this week bounce from psychedelic and groovy to hypnotic and experimental

Steve Lacy: Playground Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as a formidable solo artist. Produced by Kathleen Heffernan and Leah Younesi and directed by …

Perfume Genius: Pop Song

The delicate new “Pop Song” by Perfume Genuis (aka Seattle-based Mike Hadreas) is actually quite experimental, ethereal and not quite a pop track at all. The tune is from The Sun Still Burns Here, a touring dance and music project that Hadreas created with choreographer Kate Wallich and her company YC. Textured and layered, the song features minimal vocals, but when his delicate falsetto appears …

Premiere: “All Eyes on You” by Active Child

We speak to the artist about his stirring video, with choreography by Jillian Meyers

Active Child‘s beguiling video for “All Eyes on You” is, apart from a single in 2017, his first new music to be released in five years. Working with director Isaac Ravishankara and choreographer Jillian Meyers, Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) perfectly aligns the stirring video to his exquisite, otherworldly music. Depicting two people (dancers Reshma Gajjar and Larkin Poynton) in a dimly lit parking lot, …