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Favourite Sons, ‘Down Beside Your Beauty’ (Vice)

Mixing despair with hesitant optimism on their visceral debut, Favourite Sons maintain the shoegazer vibe of frontman Ken Griffin’s previous band, Rollerskate Skinny, but combine it with the uplifting psych pop of the other four Sons’ now-defunct Aspera. Griffin’s bracing plaints — “Dead bodies piling up like garbage in the sun / It makes me feel so strong” — get a jolt from a resounding rhythm section and droning dual guitars, especially on the dark and dancey “No One Ever Dies Young” and the turbulent ode to the beauty of loneliness “Hang on Girl.”

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