DIGITAL LEATHER: Headache Heaven: CS

If Guided By Voices had been really into electronic music, I imagine this is what their early recordings would have sounded like. This band has been doing this for well over a decade now. They’ve clearly refined their sound without cleaning up their sound, if that makes sense. It still has an intimate vibe, but everything is right where it should be. Even when the lyrics may seem like a downer, there’s still a brightness to the proceedings. When they’re singing “I want to give up” over and over, it somehow seems hopeful. If you’re in the right way, you could probably even dance to this. –Emma Alice Johnson (No Coast, nocoastrecordings.bandcamp.com)