Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), are generally laid-back indie-pop reveries, with such gentle ballads as “Flower Glass” and “Actress” alternating with occasional arty interludes like the sound collage of murmuring voices “Greater L.A. (Scene).” Emily Sprague is another local singer with roots back east, and her new album, Mount Vision, is a more synthesized array of lulling electronic and piano-driven soundscapes. Julianna Barwick spins her ethereal voice within hypnotic electronic loops on such moving, slowly unwinding releases as Nepenthe and Will. Anna St. Louis’ new album, If Only There Was a River, is streaked with contemplative strains of rural folk and Americana.
Hand Habits is a project from Meg Duffy, an L.A. singer and guitarist from upstate New York who has played with Weyes Blood, Mega Bog and Kevin Morby. The songs on Hand Habits’ 2017 album,