Isolation Culture challenges usual classification boundaries in that it is noise pop, dreampop, shoegaze, art rock, and lo-fi blended together in a thick but effervescent wall of melody. If you question whether that should even work, consider War On Drugs and you have your answer. It is bright and pop-oriented without being slick or abandoning its rock roots. We liked the first album from His Clancyness, but this effort is a major step forward. Putting a finger on a favorite track necessitates ignoring a lot of worthies, but if I had to choose one, it would be the bubbling sunshine of "Dreams Building Dreams". Stream it below, but then go to the Bandcamp page and get lost in one of the lost gems of 2016.
Isolation Culture is out now via Hand Drawn Dracula, Tannen Records and Maple Death Records.
Bandcamp for orders (and streams) in North America