Spirit Spine recently graduated from college, and to celebrate he’s released this new album pretty unexpectedly Atlantic Downs. If you’re familiar with his previous album Glossalia, you may be expecting a dense, shoe-gazey album with few hooks and pop-filled moments, however, Atlantic Downs completely takes Spirit Spine in a new direction with a new-wave and synth-pop heavy sound. The result is often stunning and surprising, I had no clue that Deney could write tradition pop-songs like this. Atlantic Downs isn’t your cookie cutter hipster 80s throwback music though, instead, Spirit Spine packs the album full of dense tracks that channel something between New Order and Clams Casino instrumentals. Deney’s bassy croon is also front in center on this album, and it all sounds great. Atlantic Downs is definitely one of my favorite surprise releases of the year. Stream two highlights below and check out the entire album here.