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The Austin 100: Bodywash

Bronwyn Ford

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Genre: Pop

Why We're Excited: The appellation "dream-pop" gets thrown around like so much confetti, but Bodywash earns it in a big way: You don't listen to "With Heat" so much as drift amiably on a cloud that contains its essence. All the elements here — especially those softly reverberating guitar whooshes and twinkly synths — are calibrated for maximum comfort as Rosie Long Decter's voice eases you into a woozily sated slumber.

Listen to Bodywash's "With Heat"

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