The name Julia Holter has been appearing more and more frequently on both lips and URLs, and if you’d heard any of the tracks on her upcoming LP Ekstasis you’d understand why. Moving beyond the heavy, cloaked atmosphere of her previous album Tragedy, Holter integrates pop hooks into her complex arrangements that bounce playfully through ambient, experimental and avant-garde electronics. It’s one of the most adventurous records we’ve heard in ages, and we can’t wait for the March 8th release. Fortunately, we don’t have to: the entirety of Ekstasis is now available to stream on NPR. Slip on some good headphones, lean back, and enjoy it here.
Need some more lo-fi, eighties style synth-pop bedroom jams in your life? Sure you do – we all do. Neon Indian is the nom de plume of American producer Alan Palomo who should be familiar to anyone with an internet connection and an RSS feed, but for those that need reminding he makes music that broadly fits into the same box as Toro Y Moi or Washed Out. His latest album, the second since 2009’s Psychic Chasms is called Era Extraña and you can stream it in it’s entirety over at the website of NPR, who incidentally are doing a lot of exclusive album streams at the moment from the kind of artists who get the blogosphere’s knickers all in a twist. Hear the music here.