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Next week is big for Sockets Records, a label Arts Desk has praised before: The label is dropping two new LPs, from local groups Imperial China and Buildings, and hosting a showcase on Jan. 28 at the Black Cat. Last week, the label previewed the new records at a listening party at Montserrat House, and now Sockets has posted a download from the Buildings record, Everything in Parallel. True to the title, “Upward Through Ever-Expanding Light” is mathy but optimistic, and it doesn’t need to channel the dramatic builds and crashes of post-rock’s most visible practitioners to achieve an emotional payoff. It just moves.

Some more Sockets goodies: A local fan of the label posted some glacial remixes of seven Sockets tracks. And Imperial China has a new video for “Limbs,” off its new album How We Connect:


IMPERIAL CHINA – “Limbs” from Sean Peoples on Vimeo.