By Eric Renner Brown
August 15, 2017 at 03:46 PM EDT
Tom Hines

Indie-rock mainstays Grizzly Bear release their fifth album, Painted Ruins, this Friday. But while they haven’t released a full-length since 2012’s Shields, the group has remained tapped into music’s latest trends. Tastemaking frontman Ed Droste shared 10 of his favorite recent obscure cuts with EW — read on for his explanations and a Spotify playlist of the tunes.

serpentwithfeet, “Four Ethers”

“serpentwithfeet is joining us this fall on tour and we couldn’t be more honored. He’s making heart-wrenching and fresh music. A must!”

Sure Sure, “Friends”

“A local L.A. band I’ve followed for a bit who I think deserves more attention. This song is endlessly catchy!”

LPX, “Tremble”

“The female half of MS MR is going solo. If this track is any indicator, [her new EP] is gonna be one hell of a pop-banger release!”

Thed Jewel, “Fuchsia”

“I was introduced to this rapper a few months back, and ‘Fuchsia’ is firmly lodged into my brain. I cannot get enough.”

Guise, “Weekend Relationship”

“I can only find one song by this singer-songwriter — I’m anxiously awaiting new material. Too good.”

Suno Deko, “Swan Song”

“Suno Deko is creating ethereal, gorgeous songs. I predict great things for him.”

Ingrid feat. Sevyn Streeter, “Flex”

“Solange introduced me to Ingrid years ago, and I’ve followed her career — she’s opened for Beyoncé! So proud of her.”

Cigarettes After Sex, “Each Time You Fall In Love”

“I discovered this song from a Spotify ‘you-might-like-this’ playlist. I did, and now I’m sharing it with you — thanks, internet!”

Dede, “Faultline”

“The former Tiny Hearts singer is about to release the most epic album. (I’m on this song.) Her voice is like no other.”

T.Y.E, “Eternity / Real Eyes”

“Wouldn’t be surprised if this rapper blew up soon.”

Listen to a Spotify playlist of Droste’s picks above.

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