The Flower Lane by Ducktails

On 2013's The Flower Lane, New Jersey's Ducktails creates one of the most ethereal—and one of the best—indie rock releases I've heard in a really long time.  It's not quite mindblowing, but it's somewhere between very good and mindblowing. Thanks to the cracky lead guitar riffs, chorus-filled rhythm guitars, buttery vocals and synths that glimmer like neon lights, I'd file The Flower Lane under "excellent."

One thing that this band does really well is creating rhythmic, kaleidescope-y passages making many tracks that are only four minutes feel like seven minute epics.  And it's always interesting.  There isn't a dull moment on this album, but Ducktails had my undivided attention during "Under Cover," "Timothy Shy," "Assistant Director" and "Letter of Intent." 

If this doesn't end up being on my Best of 2013 list, then we're in for a great summer!

The Flower Lane by Ducktails