Stream Night Beds Ivywild

To follow up his debut album as Night Beds, Winston Yellen wanted to make it clear from the start that Ivywild would be nothing like Country Sleep. “Me Liquor & God” was the first single — and comes early on the full-length tracklist too — and while he’s still grappling with the same demons, the ’80s-leaning synth-fuzz-mash and sticky beats suggest he woke up from country dream pop and headed straight for a sampler. What followed was a string of wide-eyed, lush forays into the world of R&B that somehow ended up in lullaby territory anyway. We’ve heard the orchestral blues of “Corner,” the woozy “Tide Teeth” and the Molly Drake-sampling “Finished.” The full stream yields other gems like the soft funk of “Seratonin” and the airy desperation of “Lay Your Hands.” All the production is stunning — a mad genius country-trance hybrid — but its Yellen’s helium-folk tenor that pushes it even higher, headed for the atmosphere before turning inward last minute. Listen.

Ivywild is out 8/7 via Dead Oceans. Pre-order it here.