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Syd: Missing Out Syd’s first solo release in almost four years, “Missing Out” is a mellow break-up ballad, full of elongated synths, crisp percussion and somber but silky vocals. Apart from the occasional glockenspiel-esque chime, the four-minute tune feels melancholy for the most part, but the chorus provides a welcome tinge of bravado. Steady Holiday: Sunny In The Making “Sunny In The Making,” the second …

Joe Wong: Minor + Nuclear Rainbow

Filmed through the windows of its featured performers (a list that includes harpist Mary Lattimore, multi-instrumentalist Mary Timony, musician Steven Shane McDonald, singer-songwriter Anna Waronker and more), the collage-like video for Joe Wong’s double single “Minor / Nuclear Rainbow” weaves together tales of claustrophobia and apocalyptic dread. Pairing the gravity of Wong’s tantalizing track with the kaleidoscopic video makes for six unforgettable minutes.

Joe Wong: Nite Creatures

LA-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Joe Wong releases “Nite Creatures” along with a Fred Armisen-directed music video, which both eschew simple classification for a psychedelic-lounge blend with a dollop of humor bubbling beneath the surface. From the lyrics—which include “Relax your mind / the night creatures wander past you”—to the ’70s-style production and kaleidoscopic visuals, it’s a wild ride on waves of talent. Image by …