If you're one of the many people excited about The Postal Service reunion, I'm here to remind you that a lot of great music has come out since 2003. Find some room in your heart for these new releases:
Toro Y Moi — Anything in Return
Berkeley transplant Chaz Bundick is a charmer, and his latest album Anything in Return is a grower. Bundick ditches the bedroom recording sound — dense beats and voice filters — in favor of smart, sexy R&B. "Say That" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. Listen to the entire album at Pitchfork.
Widowspeak — Almanac
The folk-pop duo Widowspeak has a nouveau-Fleetwood Mac-meets-Beach House sound going on, and while it's pretty, it lacks potency. Hear for yourself on NPR "First Listen".
Foxygen — We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
It seems like Foxygen came out of nowhere, but last year's Take The Kids Off Broadway and CMJ performances earned the band a lot of college radio play. Fast-forward a few months and now Foxygen's latest album is streaming on Pitchfork — an easy sell, because it's easy listening, loungey glam pop.
FIDLAR — FIDLAR
Part of a new generation of SoCal skater-punks, FIDLAR writes fun/dumb songs about cheap beer and junk food. Hear its self-titled debut at Pitchfork.
Ra Ra Riot — Beta Love
Ra Ra Riot goes from strings to synthesizers on its new album Beta Love, which sounds like a less inspired, more self-conscious Passion Pit circa 2009. Decide for yourself and stream on Exclaim.