Shamir Comes Into His Own At The Silent Barn’s Fall Fundraiser

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Shamir wasn’t just going to slide by after releasing the eclectic pop treasure Ratchet in 2015, oh no. You can’t just drop an album like that and expect to go about your business. Shamir’s soulful voice and Nick Sylvester’s banger-oriented production made for a mainstream miracle. Nobody was immune to the dancey synths … More »

25 Great EPs From 2016

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stereogum-eps-2016In an age when major-label artists are putting out bloated albums in an effort to rack up the most streaming equivalent units, it can sometimes feel like brevity is becoming a lost art form. But that’s really not the case outside of the pop sphere, as the releases below will attest. Most of these … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016

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40bestNew2016We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »

Stream gobbinjr vom night EP

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gobbinjr - vom night EPgobbinjr’s vom night EP is filled with lots of wildly inventive and hauntingly depressing imagery, and one of my favorites comes at the end of the title track: “I’m a vacuum-sealed freezer dinner rotting in the box before it had a chance to get hot.” It’s a pitiful punctuation mark on a song that’s about … More »

gobbinjr – “manatee”

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gobbinjr - "manatee"Oh, the thoughts you can think when trapped in someone else’s gaze. On “manatee,” the second single from Artist To Watch gobbinjr’s upcoming vom night EP, Emma Witmer goes on a fantastical journey while staring deep into someone’s pools of blue. Or at least I’m assuming the eyes in question were blue, because the … More »

Artist To Watch: gobbinjr

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Artist To Watch: gobbinjr“I just wanna be perfect/ Anything less is shameful,” goes one song on gobbinjr‘s forthcoming EP, vom night. Encapsulating an artist’s ethos into a singular mission statement is a futile exercise, but if you were to attempt such a feat for Emma Witmer’s endlessly inventive synth-pop project, that would come pretty damn close. Her … More »