Alassane, Citrus Clouds
Mute Swan is a mess of swirling guitar hooks, off-kilter drumming, Yo La Tengo-y backing vocals and a lead singer (Mike Barnett) who is sincere and wholly connected in his delivery, Mute Swan feels like a less jittery Of Montreal or an extension of Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips. No wonder their fanbase extends well beyond the 520. Their up-to-the-moment, artful psych lifts you to a dream-space desert and wraps you up in reverb and reassurances, "It's always hard letting go." Indeed, but it's easier with synesthesia-inspired songs to break your fall.
Citrus Clouds are Erick Pineda, Stacie Huttleston and Angelica Pedrego. Formed in West Phoenix in 2014 (with original drummer Anthony Jarero). Citrus Clouds play melodic, shoegazey dream pop.