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In Rotation: A Reader critic, CHIRP Radio's founder, and Zapruder Point's singer dish on what's got their toes tapping

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Dan Phillips, Zapruder Point

Julianna Barwick's "Envelop": This is the first song on her current album, and I can't seem to get past it; I hear it fading out, and I automatically hit the back button. A two-note "oh-ah" floats through the whole thing, backed by a gauzy but steady buildup of additional voices, strings, and piano. Crazy ethereal. It makes me feel like I'm underwater, even when I'm just walking the dog.

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Arthur Russell's World of Echo: This is like a gorgeous, haunting painting that's been ripped apart and pieced back together again. The rough edges and Scotch tape only make things more lifelike.

Bill Fox's Transit Byzantium and Shelter From the Smoke: These have been in heavy rotation ever since I got to play with Mr. Fox about a year ago. Fully formed, instant-classic folk tunes, almost shocking in their complete purity. Dylanesque, but to my ears the voice and melodies are far easier to love, all recorded in heartbreaking four-track.

Zapruder Point plays at Transistor on Fri 5/27.

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