Here’s what I love most about being a music blogger: I get to go from listening to the murky underworld of Raekwon’s Cuban Lynx 2 to the sublime, ethereal sounds of Los Angeles’ Yoya. Vocally, lead singer Alex Pfender sounds like Ben Gibbard imitating Jeff Buckley: He’s got a light touch, smooth and kind. Musically, the debut EP is a few shades to the center of Radiohead: Moody and soaring, but accessible. I particularly enjoyed “The Moon and the Shore,” with its time changes and guitar-drum-vocal interplay. This EP is definitely worth your time.
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