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Biggest Ups: 23 Artists Share Their Bandcamp Picks

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Illustration by Valentina Montagna.

When we launched Bandcamp Daily, one of the features that was met with the greatest amount of enthusiasm right out of the gate was Big Ups. The concept was simple: we asked artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2016 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. We asked 23 artists to recommend one album they can’t stop playing.

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On “Romantic,” Mannequin Pussy’s Marisa Dabice Becomes Her Best Self

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Mannequin Pussy. Photo by Scott Troyan.

Originally a duo comprised of childhood friends Marisa Dabice and Thanasi Paul, Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy has seen more than a few iterations over the years. After an ever-changing lineup, they found the ideal collaborators in drummer Kaleen Reading and bassist Colins Regisford (better known by his nickname, Bear). As the band describes it, the moment the foursome joined forces was a transformative one—and, fueled by this new creative energy, they set out to record the follow-up to the first LP, GP, originally released in 2013.

Romantic, out October 28 on Tiny Engines (on gorgeous lavender or white and orange split vinyl), is the byproduct of this divine artistic conjuncture. Here, Mannequin Pussy has come into its own, abandoning the trappings of form and genre that often lead bands into the dreaded and clichéd “sophomore slump” to create an album that manages to be both refreshingly revelatory and yet, somewhat cryptic at the same time; when one track ends, it’s not entirely clear where the next will take you.

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