King Tuff

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The Other

Psych-garage rocker Kyle Thomas, bet­ter known as King Tuff, has re­turned with full-length al­bum The Other, his first since 2014’s Black Moon Spell. He has de­vel­oped his song­writ­ing skills and lay­ered sound with in­ter­twin­ing key­boards, adding ex­cep­tional col­lab­o­ra­tors like Ty Se­gall on drums, vo­cals from Jenny Lewis and Mikal Cronin on sax­o­phone. “Thru the Cracks” ex­udes an end­lessly playable dreamy vibe, with Lewis’s al­lur­ing back­ing vo­cals. Keep­ing with his neo-psy­che­delic style, “Rain­drop Blue” does not shy away from in­vig­o­rat­ing sax­o­phone and the heavy bass sound Thomas is known for. Lastly, “No Man’s Land” is a mes­mer­iz­ing send­off, slow and tri­umphant. By the time it’s over, you’re left with a last­ing im­pres­sion. (Sub Pop, www.sub­pop.com)

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