Best new band (2008)

WHITE MAGIC

This threesome has no use for hipster fashion, post-punk, disco beats, oversexed sass, or noise for its own sake. Instead, WHITE MAGIC—led by ghostly siren Mira Billotte, formerly of Quix*o*tic—trace delicate, tensile pastorals that are at once simple and (sometimes ominously) grand: Their spellbinding folk-jazz EP Through the Sun Door announces itself like a whisper through a megaphone.