In her new band, Wye Oak leader Jenn Wasner links up with producer John Ehrens and lends her heart-rending bazooka of a voice to the sounds of squelchy early-'90s R&B and techno-pop. If you were into Wye Oak for their masterfully comforting meat-and-potatoes, maybe it's a bit of a shock to hear Wasner showing off her command of the early-Mariah Carey production style. But she is good at this stuff, and she sounds giddy at the freedom to let her voice float over all those tingly keyboards. Maybe the greatest surprise on Dungeonesse's great and surprising self-titled debut album: the chemistry Wasner has with Baltimore rapper DDm on "Cadillac." – Tom
BUY: Dungeonesse is available via Secretly Canadian.