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Zola Jesus – Photo by Jeff Elstone

Can you hear that? That’s a faint groan in the distance, as summer starts to stretch and yawn and gets ready to pack it in for a few months. Hence we’ve got a sonic sway of still-August jumpin’ and autumnal color-morphing in our mix of staff picks this week.

Allo Darlin’Romance And Adventure

Yet another fine Slumberland release. The label is on a catchy gaze-tune jag, though this one lays off the usual uber-fuzz and offers up a brisk, fall breeze blowing in the distant vibe. While singer Elizabeth Morris claims she’s “tired of being strong,” the hook sure isn’t. From the band’s third album, We Come From The Same Place, out October 7. – Eric Davidson

Nude BeachFor You

I’ve finally broken whatever crazy spell Young Thug put on me a month ago and am officially ending my four week bender of only nominating rap songs for Track Of The Week. I’m returning to the rock world from which I came with For You, the latest from these Brooklyn rock ‘n’ rollers. They have one of the best throwback rock sounds out of New York right now, and this one, released yesterday, particularly hits it out of the park. – Max Lefkowitz

Josef SalvatShoot And Run

I have to admit, I am a complete sucker for songs with huge sonic landscapes. The lead single from Josef Salvat’s upcoming EP, In Your Prime, is just that. Quiet, ernest vocals build in urgency as the repeating electronic fugue swirls and rises, completely filling the space around you. It’s a brooding mix of synths and percussion that elegantly moves from quiet and peaceful to massive and impassioned. It sounds like a beautiful woman (in a shimmering black skirt and impossibly high heels, of course), in a slow motion run, turning to laugh with you through her blowing tresses as she glides along the dark streets of Manhattan, lit by glistening skyscrapers. – Carrie Brothers

StarsFrom The Night

I really dig Stars, and it’s supremely satisfying to see them just up and surrender to the dance grooves they’ve flirted with previously on singles like We Don’t Want Your Body and Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It. This six-and-a-half minute single (from their upcoming album, No One Is Lost, out in October on ATO) is a real banger; the chorus is massive Even better, it still manages to somehow to retain that stinging melancholy that makes Stars so very Stars. – Zac Coe

Zola JesusDangerous Days (Maps Remix)

In a match made in Mute heaven, Nika Roza Danilova gets the remix treatment from labelmates Maps, giving the lead single off Zola Jesus’ forthcoming Taiga a clicky back beat and glowing builds. – Lisa Hresko