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Various Artists: Kitsuné America, Vol. 4

Track List

>Experience - Kacy Hill
>Watch My Back - Basecamp
>Howl - Dutch Party
>C'mon Please - Beau
>This Life - Heat
>Broken Over You - Grace Mitchell
>Home Alone - Joyce Wrice
>Neighbour - Metoux
>Coconut Water - Milk & Bone
>Centerfold - Mothxr
>Darling - Ricoshël
>Stroll - Stélouse
>Empty Nesters - Toro y Moi
>Telephone - Twin Peaks

Album Notes

The French label's flirtation with America continues on this fourth volume of stylish Yankee indie music. As on Kitsuné America, Vol. 3, the focus is on lesser-known acts; the collection's biggest names, Toro y Moi and Twin Peaks, don't arrive until the end. Similarly, most of the set delves deeper into gauzy, slow-motion electropop and indie R&B tracks that blend into smooth atmospheres, as on Joyce Wrice's "Home Alone," Mothxr's "Centerfold," and Milk & Bone's "Coconut Water." However, the handful of indie rock songs provides some of the album's brightest highlights: Toro y Moi has gone through several incarnations since the last time he was featured on a Kitsuné collection, and "Empty Nesters," which morphs from sunny power pop to disco-rock halfway through, suggests he's not done changing. Likewise, Twin Peaks' "Telephone" and Heat's "This Life" show there's still life in guitar-based music while bringing a little more energy to the set. ~ Heather Phares


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