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Tolliver, Observer Drift, and more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

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Tolliver: Rave Deep

Jonathan Tolliver has moved to Los Angeles, but he’ll be back in Minneapolis this Friday night for a show at Icehouse celebrating Rave Deep, a solo EP he’s releasing as Tolliver. The EP features Tolliver’s falsetto flying over burbling electronic tracks, miles away both musically and thematically from the buoyant soul of Tolliver’s band Black Diet. Lead single “No Picnics” features a guest turn from Manchita, who will be at Icehouse along with Soslylove and Black Diet’s Garrison Grouse.

Observer Drift: Echolocation

Observer Drift, a.k.a. Colin Ward, is following up his 2012 Corridors release with Echolocation set to drop on Sunday. The feel-good single “Tired Hands” has catchy hook “let it all go” strung throughout the track. Ward’s melodic vocals stretch out the last syllable of the hook before the guitar vaults you right up to the next level of this emotionally cathartic summer jam.

Pseudoubt: Where Nothing Grows

Have you heard of Pseudoubt yet? Yes? No? Either way, now you know, or you can tell a friend. They have beautiful hooks, witty verses, and a varied sound. If you had to pick a genre, you might go with atmospheric alt-hip-hop. They released their new Where Nothing Grows album at the 7th Street Entry on Monday before heading out for a Midwest tour. Check out Where Nothing Grows before they get back home.

Peaks: Edge of the World

A brand new band has sprung up, Peaks, and along with their formation comes their debut release. Their Edge of the World EP is what they call “mood-pop” and that’s an accurate description. The four tracks are full of Autotune and loopy electronic goodness. Edge of the World drops today.

Edger: Rudiments

Edger are a straightforward indie-rock band and they are debuting their Rudiments release on Wednesday at the Turf Club. If mid ‘00s indie was your scene, you’ll be glad to know that it’s back with Edger’s call-and-response vocals with tinges of pop-punk hidden in the mix as well. Panther Ray, The Persian Leaps, and Middlepicker will be joining them at the Turf.

Yingthi: Beyond the Threshold

Yingthi could stand under the noise-music genre, but that’s not exactly an adequate term. “Exosia” from their Beyond the Threshold release, set to be arrive on Friday, is what ’90s Internet might sound like if it was music. It’s brooding electronics layered over a handful of oddities, and even if electronic weirdness is not your thing, Yingthi are worth checking out.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he is a co-host on Radio K’s Off The Record and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.