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Best Instrumental Band


The members of Peals are both known for bands with loud vocals way up front in the mix: William Cashion for Future Islands and Bruce Willen of Double Dagger, respectively. But for their current project together, they strip away singing as well as drums or much semblance of song structure in favor of dreamy, textured soundscapes. Instead of disappearing into ambient mush, however, their music sounds alive, both on this year’s Thrill Jockey debut, Walking Field, and in live shows such as their standout appearance at the NOVO: Instrumental Music Festival. And playful experiments like the innovative song featured on the Peals website, “Furniture”—in which the listener is allowed to interact with the music, playing three tracks individually or all together—point to exciting new ways the duo is thinking about the sounds they make.

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