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Surreal art-pop, mellow R&B, exquisite indie-folk and a farewell to two funk icons

Caroline Polachek: Billions Caroline Polachek’s ethereal psych-pop track “Billions” enthralls listeners from the first eerie pulses and clanks. Featuring vocals from London’s Trinity Boys & Girls Choir, the song shape-shifts over its almost-five minutes, from stark to spectral to a rich, resplendent treasure. The mesmerizing video—by Polachek and her frequent collaborator Matt Copson—takes viewers on a surreal ride. Bree Runway: Pressure Bree Runway’s first release …

Andy Shauf: Satan

Part of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s new double-track release (available as a limited edition, signed, seven-inch, translucent vinyl), the single “Satan” pairs exquisite indie-folk energy with lyrics pertaining to the recoding artist’s childhood in a church that referred to Halloween as ‘The Devil’s Day.’” Shauf says in a statement, “After a few years of this, my parents realized it was a bit silly to deny …

eee gee: Bad Person

“Bad Person” by Danish artist eee gee (aka Emma Granvkist) is an indie-pop song that, through multiple perspectives, tells a story of what it means to have done wrong. The song is “an anthem for all the ones that have experienced getting manipulated, gaslighted or stepped on,” the singer says. These heavier themes, however, do not weigh down the track. Between the artist’s floaty, alto …