This month I’ve been beguiled by the latest side project by sometime DJ and Kings of Convenience member Erlend Oye. The Whitest Boy Alive hints at Oye’s interest in the hypnotic rhythmic concerns of house music but features the same Simon & Garfunkle-esque vocal style of KoC. Angular – but certainly not abrasive – guitars, and a propulsive but economical rythmn section combine for a mellow yet satisfyingly groovy mix. Minimalist dreampop shall we say? Also very curious about the debut album from Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals, a mix of Peter Gabriel-stroke-Paul Simon world consciousness and TV on the Radio-style art rock. Throw in a little oceanic shoegaze in the mold of AR Kane and you’re half way there. Finally, I’m also enjoying tracks from The Octopus Project’s ‘Hello Avalanche‘, a joyous racket apparently played on vintage synthesisers. Not dissimilar to Add N to X but less obsessed by glam-rock, they make unashamedly maxmimalist tunes around pretty melodies. Check them out.