Monthly Archives: April 2016

Terr-Burn The Past

Daniela Caldellas returns with a new album, Burn The Past, under the name Terr. The three track album has a solid Deep House sound with touches of experimentalism thrown in to give an original yet dance floor friendly sound. An excellent Ep. RIYD: Shit Robot, Abstraxion Tracks: All Good Advertisements

XXXY-No Matter

The latest from Manchester, UK artist XXXY is a four track EP titled No Matter. The music has a similar vibe to Simian Mobile Disco with a sweet, smooth Ambient Dance, Ambient House sound. Definitely worth a listen. RIYD: Simian Mobile Disco Tracks: All Good

Rufus DU Sol-You Were Right Remixes

You Were Right from Rufus Du Sol has been remixed. The disc contains the original edit plus seven remixes. The remixes have a similar vibe to the original track which is a breezy mix of Alternative Dace and Disco Dance. All the remixes are solid and worth checking out. Tracks: All Good

Holy Holy – “When the Storms Would Come”

Holy Holy is the name of Australian indie-rock duo featuring members Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson, and their latest album “When the Storms Would Come” showcases the talented abilities of both members. Carroll’s lush vocal performances and clever songwriting combined with Dawson’s fantastic guitar playing an compositions make this album a piece of sonic enjoyment […]

The Battlefield – “Tipping Point”

The Battlefield is a Los Angeles based folk-rock group, and on their latest album “Tipping Point,” the group retains it’s traditional deep rooted folk sound. This album is filled with harmony, and the songwriting deals with the conflicts of an average person’s heart and mind. That combined with the harmonizing of all three member’s unique […]

Lila Rose – “We. Animals.”

Lila Rose is an independent Canadian-born, California based singer/songwriter, and “We. Animals.” is her latest full length album. “We. Animals.” is smoldering with combative every. Rose’s voice can at times be elastic, but also concrete at other times. The production is thunderous with radiant keyboards, crunchy guitars, and beats that don’t seem to quit. This […]

People’s Blues of Richmond – “Quit or Die”

People’s Blues of Richmond is a band which I assume is from Virginia, and their latest album “Quit or Die” really showcases the bands progression as a group over the past few years. The tracks still have a carnival-like mayhem in their dark, blues infused psychedelic rock, but the bands chemistry as a group is far […]

Highasakite – “Camp Echo”

Highasakite is an indie-pop band hailing from Norway and “Camp Echo” is their sophomore studio album. On this project, this band is expanding on the sounds from their prior records, just a lot more refined. Each track features a blend of exciting electronic production with off-kilter samples, and powerful vocals from frontwoman Ingrid Havik. This album […]

Plants and Animals – “Waltzed in from the Rumbling”

Plants and Animals are an indie-rock trio hailing from Montreal, and “Waltzed in from the Rumbling” is their fourth studio album. Although the album isn’t necessarily new territory for the band sonically, this album is easily one of their most refined and beautiful records to date. Each instrument played is so in tuned, the horn […]

Ronnie Heart – You( r ) Mine

Ronnie Heart is a former member of the band Neon Indian, and his latest EP leaves little room for failure! At a short 5 tracks and a little less than 20 minutes of run time, Heart emmulates the pop sounds of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with his synth-pop fueled funky tracks. The incorporation of […]

Jaye Bartell – “Light Enough”

Jaye Bartell is originally from Massachusetts, but he moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2013 which is where he recorded his latest record “Light Enough.” This album is primarily driven by an acoustic guitar, but some tracks feature subtle background instrumentation. Each song is very personal, and tells a story in a very Mark Kozelek fashion, […]

Autolux – “Pussy’s Dead”

Autolux is an experimental rock trio from Los Angeles, and “Pussy’s Dead” is the band’s first album in six years. I personally have always believed in quality over quantity, so if a band takes as long as six years to release an album, it’s usually because they’re taking the time to craft it into something […]

Aesop Rock – “The Impossible Kid”

If you are a fan of hip-hop music that has mass emphasis on lyrical substance, then you probably have heard of San Francisco rapper Aesop Rock, as he is statistically proven to be the most lyrical rapper in history. On his new album “The Impossible Kid,” Aesop Rock is continuing to find new ways to […]

A Dead Forest Index – “In All That Drifts From Summit Down”

In 2008, A Dead Forest Index originally began as the solo project of Adam Sherry, but by 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration with his brother Sam. After touring extensively from 2012-2014, the band is releasing it’s debut studio album “In All That Drifts From Summit Down.” The tracks on this album features richly […]

STURGILL SIMPSON // A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH [ATLANTIC]

A concept album about fatherhood takes Sturgill Simpson from his quintessential country sound to a blended R&B vibe complete with the Dap Kings as backing horns to his album.  While he does belt out some of his more trademark sound, he jumps into new territory with songs like “All Around You” (Track 8) which is […]

Eighth Blackbird–Hand Eye

A collection of pieces by the composers’ group “Sleeping Giant” (a group of “talented guys”–the New Yorker) mostly ambient and flowing but also potentially raucous and percussive. Play!

Bucoliques: French Album III

Mostly modern works (early 20th century) by French composers, ranging from fast, staccato to lilting slowly.

Valerie Milot –Orbis

Harpist Valerie Milot performs classical/avant works by Reich and Cage, amongst others, and two rock pieces by Gentle Giant and Zappa. Play!

Ladies Drink Free – “Ladies Drink Free”

Ladies Drink Free is a post-funk band hailing from New York, and if you were lucky enough you could have caught them live on WRUV last week! It’s hard to exactly define the bands sound because it is such a crazy mix of sounds! There is a little bit of gritty funk, some sultry r&b, […]

The Crane Wives – “Foxlore”

The Crane Wives are a four-piece Americana/indie-folk group hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, and “Foxlore” is their fourth studio album. This album is different than their previous releases, as it is their first without banjo player Tom Gunnels, so the EP takes more of an indie-folk direction than their typical Americana style. These songs are […]

A Giant Dog – “Pile”

I know every time I get a package in the WRUV mail that’s addressed from Merge Records, I know that I am always in for a treat, as they never disappoint with their album releases this year. That trend still continues on the new album “Pile” from Austin, TX based indie-rockers A Giant Dog. The lyrics […]

San Felix – “Fire Island”

San Felix is a garage rock band hailing from Victoria, British Columbia and their latest EP “Fire Island” features a nice blend of pop-punk, alternative rock, garage rock, and indie rock. At only six tracks and just under twenty-five minutes, the group really leaves no room for error on this release! Each track is punchy, […]

Rogue Wave – “Delusions of Grand Fur”

Rogue Wave is a California based indie-rock band that have been steadily making waves since 2002 with their blend of mellow indie rock tunes with soothing vocals. On their sixth full length album “Delusions of Grand Fur,” the band is still playing entirely based on acoustic guitar, but there is a nice synthesizer that adds a […]

Pity Sex – “White Hot Moon”

Following up their fantastic 2013 debut “Fesat of Love,” the Ann Arbor, MI quartet have spent the last three years refining their sound built on heavy chords and tight, but flattened vocal dualities, all wrapped in this haze of shoe gaze. On their new album “White Hot Moon,” Pity Sex weaves lovely melodies as both […]

Miwi La Lupa – “Ended Up Making Love”

Miwi La Lupa is a Buffalo, NY based singer-songwriter whose new sophomore album “Ended Up Making Love”  sees improvement over the past two years. His songwriting is a lot more conscious than on his last albums, and his melodies are a lot more solid as well. On each track, La Lupa sings songs of experience […]