Generationals took the title last year in alt-weekly The Boston Phoenix's annual survey of the best new bands in America. This year the paper named Park the Van labelmate Giant Cloud, the gentle psychedelic folk-pop outfit originally from Ruston, La. (You can download its digital-release-only EP Old Books, released in January, from the PTV website.) Here's what the paper had to say:

WHY THEM? Sometimes a band hits on a sound so squarely that even their band name sums it up. Giant Cloud's cumulus-formation space rock is exactly what it sounds like it will be: light and airy, cheery and still foreboding, a mile away and visible anywhere. Ben and Julie Jones create drifting melodic lines with both instruments and voices that make waves in the air, occasionally meeting up with each other in beautiful tandem motions that speed up and slow down with the whim of the tune as if the very air dictates it to be so.
What do you think? Anyone else you think deserves the honors?

Here's the band performing "Fingernails," directed by Daryn DeLuco):