An ominous organ strain leads you through a dark hallway and into a tiny room where crashing drums and velvety vocals woo you into oblivion for a mesmerizing 2 minutes and 30 seconds in this latest track from Pony Boy. Good luck with that! MELISSA GIANNINI
Clare Maguire's only been around for a couple decades and some change, but her vocals hint that in that time she's seen some things--the kind of things that provoked a pained lilt in the best folk songs of the '70s and a smoky sorrow in the eeriest of '80s ballads. MG
Former 16bit member Eddie Jefferys is trying on the alias Moody Good for size and releasing a new record with MTA while he's at it. His single "Musicbx" features Eryn Allen Kane's enticing vocals taking a dive into a delicate xylophone rhythm that drops into a stellar bass. The track's a bit moody--but oh so good. ALEXA PEARCE
If there's anything that we've learned from Banks' previous singles (cough, "Waiting Game" and "Warm Water," cough) it's that you don't need in-your-face lyrics or overwhelming percussion to make a statement. The L.A.-based singer has mastered the art of quiet power, and takes it to the next level here with a little help from producer Shlomo. The result is a glittery, gauzy gem of a song that makes us want to close our eyes and just bliss out to her velvet vocals. LIZA DARWIN
It's Friday, so you should already be in high spirits. But if you need a little help to come alive, you can't do much better than the new music video from Chromeo. The electro-funk (with a wink) duo put the ooooh in smooth on this track--off of their upcoming fourth album--with a little help from chillwave spiritual leader Chaz Bundick. There's synchronized dancing, leather jackets, and a singing janitor...instead of trying to explain it all, you're best off just watching it yourself.