When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as E.S.T., wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called 301, which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.
The Antlers' 2009 album Hospice was the kind of feat no one would want to duplicate: It was audaciously beautiful and belovedby critics, but its wrenching songs reflect and expound upon highly specific personal losses for singer-guitarist Peter Silberman.
The Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog has continued to get better since forming in the early 2000s. The group's seven albums of layered psychedelia are deeply influenced by the best of '60s pop, adding up to a sound that's both timeless and classic.