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Watch This: Vol. 86

It’s been an insane stretch of days, minimizing this site’s output and causing some scheduling neglect. Today will be dedicated to the compensation of that brief absence, beginning with a slightly delayed Watch This. All of the performance captures in the 86th installment of this series surfaced between last Monday and last Sunday, leaving the past few days’ clips eligible for volume 87. Only one of these bands has previously appeared in a Watch This installment, providing a definite change of pace from the past few entries, which have been dominated by site favorites. There are, as always, some genuine treasures to be found here along with a very reassuring sense that we’re living in a golden age of accessibility and forward thinking in multimedia. So, as always, sit back, focus up, adjust the volume, and Watch This.

1. The Muscadettes – Growing Pains (Exclaim!)

Bright and scrappy, when done well, can issue a very palpable sense of place. In the case of this strong performance of “Growing Pains”, The Muscadettes embrace the lo-fi nature of their surf-inflected basement pop and wind up with something that feels more lived-in than nostalgic, while still maintaining a throwback sensibility that suits them to perfection. It’s a perfect summer soundtrack delivered with a bite that’s rare in a genre that’s traditionally (and inherently) laid-back.

2. Flesh World (KEXP)

Flesh World’s The Wild Animals In My Life rattled the people invested invested in the post-punk genre to their core when it found release earlier this year, furthering the band’s standing among a very specific sect. The band recently swung by the KEXP studios where they filmed a session that looks, sounds, and feels appropriately grim. It’s a five-song performance that demonstrate the band’s strength and scope while also making yet another case for why they’re one of the more celebrated emerging acts in their genre.

3. Pree (BreakThruRadio)

Every once in a while a band comes along that defies genre conventions and plays some tantalizingly unconventional music with unbridled passion. Usually these bands err more towards noise freakouts and jarring prog-leaning excursions than anything else. Pree take that concept and subvert it into something that’s practically unrecognizable. Defiantly sunny and unabashedly pop, their performance(s) in this BreakThruRadio session are instantly memorable and effortlessly arresting. Don’t miss out.

4. Ronny – Why Do You Have Kids? (GemsOnVHS)

GemsOnVHS continues to deliver noteworthy performance captures in entirely unpredictable ways, turning to electro-damaged folk artist Ronny for their latest session. Unfailingly gorgeous and unexpectedly spellbinding, this performance of “Why Do You Have Kids?” is a curveball that subsists entirely on left-field grace notes. Intensely compressed and delivered with a startling amount of conviction, it’s a genuine stunner and a perfect introduction to a fascinating artist.

5. Algiers (KEXP)

Having already established themselves as site favorites and secured a few different spots on various Watch This installments, Algiers’ live prowess shouldn’t come as a surprise. The band’s self-titled album is one of 2015’s most breathtaking releases, deftly combining centuries worth of musical influence into something that doesn’t just feel bold but perfectly timed and possibly even necessary. Alternately haunted and haunting, unerringly soulful, and unbelievably gripping, their session for KEXP is one of the strongest the studio has seen in years.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Line On You (Stream)

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Only a small handful more of these posts to go and the site will be caught up on all angles for the first time since 2014. Part of that’s due to periods of inactivity brought about by an intense schedule in the year’s opening stretch and part of the reasoning behind that apparent drought was the sheer amount of time it took to collect everything as it appeared. 2015’s been absolutely overflowing with great releases from new and established artists, some hitting unthinkable highs. Mainstays Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have been gearing up to join that club over the past few weeks, releasing a string of songs that register as the best work of their career. Their latest single, “Line On You”, continues making a strong case for that particular argument. Before jumping into that song’s strengths, it’s almost necessary at this point to take a step back to cover some other outstanding material that’s been unearthed over the past week.

All of these posts are still going to regulate the featured titles to the single stream category and this time around, that category includes a very eclectic handful of tracks. There was Chomp’s basement punk and hardcore hybrid “The Rational Anthem“, Frances Cones’ blissed out dream pop tune “Wait Right Here“, Flesh World’s tension masterclass “Poolside Boys“, Amber Edgar’s breathtaking “Good Will Rise“, and It Was Romance’s punk-tinged indie pop number “Philadelphia“. Cayucas unveiled their compellingly frenetic “Moony Eyed Walrus“, DMA’s “Your Low” coasted on its carefree powerpop, The Weather Station released their startlingly gorgeous “Tapes“, and Eternal Summers’ characteristically stunning “Come Alive“. Then, of course, there was Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s “Line On You”.

With more than a few sections falling between early Weezer and site favorite Tony Molina, “Line On You” is one of the most energized pieces of music that Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have ever crafted. Expertly marrying more than a few genre pastiches to create something genuinely electrifying. All of the songs that have emerged in the band’s rollout campaign have sounded like their most committed work to date, an impressive feat for a band already so far into their career. Warm tones, sunny melodies, and a whole host of unexpectedly supercharged aggression cement The High Country‘s position as a record worth greeting with heightened expectations. By the time the surging finale takes the song to its roaring conclusion, the band’s subverted their own position in today’s constantly shifting musical landscape and wound up with one of their most immensely enjoyable works to date.

Listen to “Line On You” below and pre-order The High Country from Polyvinyl ahead of its June 2 release here.