Best New Band

Beat Connection

In a phalanx of competition, two precocious University of Washington juniors, making electronic music together as Beat Connection, managed to stand out as the most exciting new addition to Seattle's music scene this year. Using a carefully curated melange of synths, electric guitar, drum machines, and samplers, the tender-aged Reed Juenger and Jordan Koplowitz create washed-out pastiches of sound—some dreamy, some beat-heavy and danceable, all lush and utterly sublime. In the spring, Beat Connection rereleased their Surf Noir EP, which contains the perfect pop gems "In the Water" and "Silver Screen," and got a bonus nod of recognition from outside the city, accepting an invitation to tour Europe with prestigious electronic contemporaries like Toro Y Moi and Holy Ghost! ERIN K. THOMPSON

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