Lofts (self-released)

A collaboration between Bird Zoo producer TinyForest and Ohio sound wizard Paperwolf, Lofts is a lush and mellow affair that has more than a little hip-hop influence, filtered through the precepts of chillwave or like genres. There is a calming kind of haze that permeates the album, imbuing each track with an ethereal glaze, perfect for getting as mild as possible. Using a careful tonal balance between the melancholic and the sublime, “Paperwolf” is atmospheric, but not terribly dreary as is often the case with music that has ambient leanings. This is an ideal blend of the duo’s strengths.