Monthly Archives: April 2016

Islands – “Taste”

Islands is the same indie-rock band hailing from Montreal, Quebec but currently residing in LA from the last review, only this album is a lot more different than any of the groups previous works. Unlike their other record they just released which borrows a lot of the same sounds from their 2013 album, “Taste” is […]

Islands – “Should I Remain Here at Sea?”

Islands is an indie-rock band that formed in Montreal, Quebec but are now based in LA. The group has been busy since the release of their last album “Ski Mask” in 2013, as this is one of two albums that the group will be releasing in May! This album sees the band return to their […]

In Letter Form – “Fracture. Repair. Repeat.”

In Letter Form is a San Francisco based alternative rock band, who has never minded showing off their influences (early Cure, Joy Divison, Bauhaus etc.) and that doesn’t change on their latest full length album “Fracture. Repair. Repeat.” Each track features haunting vocals and echoing guitars that makes the overall vibe of the album more […]

Hurry – “Guided Meditation”

Hurry is an indie/power-pop trio from Philidelphia, PA and “Guided Meditation” is their sophomore studio album. This album sees the band doing a return to form on what they were doing on their last record, just a bit more toned down. Each of these tracks are more melodic, and they flow together very well, rather […]

Duvchi – “With the World”

Jens Duvsjo, also known as Duvhi is a Swedish alternative R&B singer, and “With the World” is his studio debut. Each track features experimental electronic music, and Duvchi’s vocal delivery sounds rather feminine at times, but I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. Duvchi is able to blend elements of EDM, pop music, […]

CFM – “Still Life of Citrus and Slime”

Charles Francis Moothart, also known by his alias “CFM” has been a part of numerous bands throughout the past decade, and “Still Life of Citrus and Slime” is his solo debut, and it’s an exciting one. This record bounces back and forth between tracks that are fast, slow, wonky, and straight, but no matter how […]

Kyle Craft – “Dolls of Highland”

Kyle Craft hails from the border of a tiny Louisiana town and Mississippi, and “Dolls of Highland” is his fearless solo debut. For starters, Craft’s voice is very abrasive and loud, but not in an off-putting way. The dude can definitely sing, and his lyrics are personal, dealing with love and loss. Craft rocks out […]

Big Little Lions – “Just Keep Moving”

Big Little Lions is an Ohio/British Columbia based folk-pop duo, and their debut album is accessible to say the least. Each of these 13 tracks has a really catchy, sing-along chorus that gets stuck in your head for hours on end! Not to mention the harmonies are as tight as a noose. Whatever you play […]

The Traditional Fools – “Fools Gold”

The Traditional Fools is the short-lived garage-psych band fronted by the man himself, Ty Segall. The band’s style is best described as a mix of lo-fi 60’s garage rock and reverb-drenched surfer music. This album is a collection of the tracks from the band’s “Chocolate Covered EP” (that was recorded in 2007), and 13 previously unreleased […]

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkeybirds – “La Arana Es La Vida”

Kid Congo is the alias of Brian Tristan, the former guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Monkeybirds is his latest venture into multiple realms of rock and roll music. Some tracks on this album leave me reminiscent of 1950s rock n’ roll, but some just have far more energy like an […]

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow

The debut solo album from Vancouver artist Ashley Shadow, who is a longtime collaborator with various bands including Bonnie “Prince” Billy and The Cave Singers. Her self-titled album is a set of nine mellow, lo-fi acoustic indie pop tunes. I suggest starting with track 3, “Tired”, which is a great introduction to her music and […]

DTCV – Confusion Moderne

DTCV (pronounced Detective) is a group consisting of French singer Lola G and former Guided By Voices member Jim Greer. I was first introduced to them last year with their album Uptime! which included “Miley Cyrus Wins the Race”, one of my favorite songs of 2015. They’ve actually released an album every year since 2013, […]

Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Leaves

Radical Face, aka Ben Cooper, returns with his third album in a concept series about a fictional 19th century family. His music is described in the promo material the album came with as “Baroque folk”, featuring acoustic guitar with a bunch of other instruments, particularly stringed instruments. The lyrics in each song are delivered as […]

Kaoru Watanabe – Neo (self-released)

Music from a former member of the Kodo touring ensemble, rooted in Japanese traditions but informed by jazz, Indian, & classical forms. All original compositions except #10 (a new arrangement of a traditional song). Fascinating percussion complemented by beautiful flute, voices, & more. Official website: http://www.watanabekaoru.com/

The Sachal Ensemble – Song of Lahore (Universal)

Music from the Pakistani ensemble that did the soundtrack to the award-winning documentary Song of Lahore, highlighting the current plight of Pakistani musicians in that troubled country. This follow-up features covers of mostly very well-known songs, rearranged to varying degrees to feature Pakistani musical forms & instruments (sometimes just the addition of tabla, other times […]

The Echocentrics – “Echo Hotel”

The Echocentrics is the latest project from the Grammy Award winning musician Adrian Quesada. This album is a culmination of all of Quesada’s southern Texas influences, which creates the ultimate desert road trip soundtrack. This album is layered with guitar melodies, and a mixture of English, Spanish and Portuguese language, which takes the listeners on […]

Arthur Moon -“Our Head

Arthur Moon is the pseudonym of Brooklyn native electo-rocker Lora-Faye Ashuvud, and her new EP titled “Our Head” leaves essentially no room for error! Running in at just barely over sixteen minutes and only four tracks, this EP is able to capture a lot in it’s short run time. Her rock tracks are eletro-tinged and […]

We Are Scientists – “Helter Seltzer”

Longtime indie-rockers We Are Scientists are back with their fifth studio album, “Helter Seltzer.” This album features incredibly poppy melodies, fuzzy guitars, and choruses that will be stuck in your head track after track. The vibe on this album is incredibly positive, and I can see myself tapping along on my steering wheel to these […]

Oxford & Co. – “Oxford & Co.”

Oxford & Co. is an indie-folk duo from Birmingham, AL and their new self-tiled EP leaves pretty much no room for error! At a mere five songs and just barely over fifteen minutes, this EP features a solid blend of indie-folk tracks that can be enjoyed by casual and longtime fans of the genre. There […]

Horse Lords – “Interventions”

Horse Lords is an experimental art-rock band hailing from Baltimore, MD and their new album is as experimental as ever. Each track features both guitar loops and electronic loops that make each track have a progressive-rock feel to it, too. Each members instruments blend together perfectly to make an insane amalgamation of instrumental progressive art-rock […]

The Dose – “The Dose EP”

The Dose is an alternative rock duo hailing from LA, and their eponymous debut  EP is a strong way to jump on the scene! At a mere six songs, and just under thirty minutes, this EP leaves pretty much no room for error! Each track has a muscular riff, and ferocious double fisted drumming, and the […]

Ed Tullett – “Fiance”

Hailing from Oxford, Ed Tullett is a musician whose new album shows a lot of progression from his debut release. On his last record, Tullett was far more electronic, drawing more influences from that end of the musical spectrum, but on this record he has elements of modern melodic folk, alternative R&B, and even some […]

Throws – “Throws”

Throws is a British duo and this four track EP is their eponymous debut. At only four tracks and just under fifteen minutes, this EP leaves pretty much no room for failure. Each track is an incredibly catchy and well crafted pop tune. This album is brilliantly varied, and draws from influences in various genres […]

Synthetic ID – “Impulses”

Synthetic ID is a California based post-punk band, and “Impulses” is their debut album. These guys don’t borrow from any outside influence, and it seems like this album was broadcast from a bunker. The guitars are fast and disjointed at times, the vocals are given with such incredible ferocity, and the bass and the drums […]

Programm – “A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion”

Programm is an electronic group hailing from Toronto, and their new album eloquently titled “A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion” blends genres from all over the electronic music spectrum. Some tracks are droney, some are more minimalist but at the same time has such sonic detail that it makes the track feel like so much […]