Lewis Del Mar
Sounds Like: A beachside dreamscape with acoustic guitars and electronic drums washing up on shore.
For Fans of: Alt-J, Foals, Vampire Weekend
Why You Should Pay Attention: The self-titled Columbia debut from these lifelong pals boasts finger-picked acoustic melodies, beats rising to wall-rattling proportions and an unpolished collage of found sound – a street preacher, seagulls and random scraps of conversation. Max Harwood's frantic, Latin-inspired beats are carefully layered against the tenderness in Danny Miller's lyrical abstractions and guitar for a satisfying haze that's even noisier on the stages they've warmed for Børns, Foals and Miike Snow.
"So-called accidents are manifestations of your circumstances and inform your art," says Harwood, who records with Miller out of a cramped bungalow in Rockaway Beach, Queens. "It's stupid to soundproof your room too much because you're just sucking any identity out of it."
They Say: "So much of what we did was broken down and rag-tag," Miller says. "We paid more attention to the energy when we were recording the stuff – as opposed to the way it was being recorded. The sample of church bells and seagulls at the end of the album was because I was in the middle of the bungalow recording the vocals for the song in a single take and the doors to the house were open."
Hear for Yourself: The thick, intoxicating mixture of "Malt Liquor" pairs underwater piano with EDM-leaning beats. Reed Fischer