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One of the best bands to have emerged from New Paltz in the new millennium is Breakfast in Fur, whose combination of freak folk headiness and dreampop sensibilities earned them a deal with legendary Hoboken imprint Bar/None Records and accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Paste, and Wondering Sound. The Fur will be returning from a brief hiatus with new music later this year. But in the meantime, founding member Mike Hollis has been keeping busy with his grittier, groovier side project, Blue Museum.

On the surface, it's quite easy to recognize the group's five-song eponymous EP as a direct descendent of the Furniverse. But with a deeper listen one can clearly ascertain Hollis's tremendous growth as a formidable singer and songwriter, channeling his influences in Chutes Too Narrow-era Shins on the opening track, "Leaving," while exhibiting an earthier, bar-born boogie on "Oblivion." There's even a cool trace of Fisherman's Blues-era Waterboys on the EP's centerpiece, "Song for the Day." A Blue Museum full-length is promised in the coming months, and when you take into account the gorgeous solo EP Hollis quietly released in January, 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for this extraordinary talent. Facebook.com/bluemuseum.

—Ron Hart

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