Mysteries – “Newly Thrown” (Stereogum Premiere)
Judging from the sounds of teaser single “Newly Thrown,” New Age Music Is Here is a decent album title. The song finds new Felte signees Mysteries playing a version of ambient synth-pop that I’d probably describe as new wave rather than new age, but its grooving pulse and weary croon are fleshed out by eerie ethereal mood music. If the album title is more or less on target, the band name is a self-conscious bullseye. Mysteries haven’t revealed their names or shown their faces to the label; they just sent a demo, got signed, and transmitted their album for release this fall. So, yeah, they’re mysterious, but more importantly, they’re good. Hear for yourself below.