As if he somehow could transcendentally meditate his way into our innermost dreams, David Lynch announced this week that he’ll be organizing his very own festival. Pretty rad! A few of us have already lined up for tickets. The musicians announced for the Festival of Disruption include some amazing performers (seriously, Angelo Badalamenti? Seriously?), but that doesn’t mean we won’t be constantly on the lookout for other artists that would fit into Lynch’s world. While that’s not the case with all of the artists on this list, they all have their own dramatic, theatrical, or epic quality, so read on and think of it as our own little festival of the mind.
10. 2ToneDisco feat. Ducky – “Tummy Treasures”
Burgers, doughnuts, popcorn, dim sum, and sushi are just a few of the global “Tummy Treasures” celebrated on 2ToneDisco’s quirky, new synth-laden offering. Comprised of Los Angelinos Omni Rutledge and James Campbell, the duo’s production palette has much in common with the UK’s divisive PC Music collective. As showcased around the 1:55 mark of the Ducky-featuring single, 2ToneDisco amplify the groove with some keytar-influenced riffage. It’s light, infectious, easy-going, and goes well with any drink accompanied with an umbrella — just like the best of a summer day. Better yet, it’s available now as a free download. —Derek Staples
09. Ian William Craig – “A Single Hope”
Given Ian William Craig’s cathartic and tense Bandcamp recordings, it comes as a surprise that he’s not a movie score producer. Set to release his upcoming album, Centres, via 13071, Craig has released the first single, “A Single Hope”. Sticking to his moody modus operandi, the song features a sweeping montage of feathery and longing falsettos that segue with tension between languid and vast soundscapes with the songwriter’s haunting vocals. Even when absent of strings or symphonies, it’s reminiscent of a momentous opera suite with a lament but brooding drone that expands, leaving Craig gasping up for air. —Alejandra Ramirez
08. Jaunt – “Hello”
Beginning as a duo in 2014 as a DIY experiment, Jaunt stretched to include three others to form a quintet in Toronto. While the group have ditched their bedroom sensibilities, they still brandish a dose of breezy pop flourishes. Set to release their new EP, Chat, later this summer, the five-piece have teased the six-song collection with “Hello” serving as the follow-up for the languid “Gentle Reminder”. Brief and catchy, a testament to their pop leanings, “Hello” coalesces shimmering guitar sweeps with dulcet falsettos and boom-bap percussion. It’s a perfect summer song with its sunshine melodies and buoyant but smooth choruses that crescendo into an unresolved tension, ending just before it could say hello. —Alejandra Ramirez