Monthly Archives: August 2018

Astronauts, etc. // Living in Symbol [Company Records]

Soft rock, almost lo-fi sounding album from Astronauts, etc. Astronauts, etc. is Anthony Ferraro’s solo project, and Toro y Moi helps to produce his albums! Male vocals, lots of synth, very easy listening. Check it out, I really liked this one! FCC: None Play: 2, 5, 10 RIYL: Beach Fossils, Night Moves, Toro y Moi […]

Paul Givant// Fashion District Adjacent [Self-released]

Soft rock album with a touch of country and folk. As the album title suggests, most of Givant’s lyrics revolve around the struggles of living in the big city, as well as heartbreak.  Soft acoustic guitar rifts, male vocals. FCC: 1, 7 Play: 4, 5 RIYL: Johnny Cash, Dr. Dog

Tuung// Songs you make at night [Full Time Hobby]

With music they’ve self dubbed as “folktronica,” Tuung gives us another studio album. A pleasant mix of electronic sounds with soft, harmonious male and female vocals. As the album title suggests, its the type of music you could listen to at night for hours. FCC: None Play: 4 RIYL: Jai Paul

Thee Oh Sees// Smote Reverser [Castle Face]

The fourteenth studio-released album from Thee Oh Sees marks a further delving into their garage-punk sound, but this time with a lot of new twists. Some tracks feature jazzy harmonica and bass, strong foot pedal work, etc. Lots of experimentation. Every song sounds completely different. Album comes across a bit strange at first listen, but […]

Skepticism- Stormcrowfleet

Skepticism– Stormcrowfleet (re-issue) Release date: 2018Oct26 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Originally released in 1995, now available for the first time on vinyl. Sign of A Storm drones profoundly upon an epic landscape. Pouring rumbles like bullets on the skin, visceral. By Silent Wings across the land, thunderous fury raining down. The Rising of the Flames engulf the senses, Sabbath-esque […]

Northern Crown- Northern Crown

Northern Crown– S/T Release date: 2018Oct12 Label: Self-released Rating: 4/5 Second release from Fort Lauderdale’s Northern Crown. I Am Your Slave throbs sorrowfully, reminding of subservience. Merciless, They Let You Suffer in Cathedral chains, infernal noise. Chasing The Sun, soulful voice punctuated with thunder. The Desert and The Wind, a melodic twist, light and crisp. Righteous & Pure, yet cannot […]

Honyock// El Castillo [Friendship Fever]

Honyock’s first studio album features music they describe personally as “peyote-tonk.” Very pleasant, light rock directly reminiscent of Dr. Dog. Male vocals, soft guitar rifts, mild percussion, and some SICK bass. Give these guys a listen, I’m sure they’ll have more for the indie rock scene in the future. FCC: None Play: 2, 3, 5 […]

Michael nau// Micheal nau & the mighty thread [light in the attic records]

Third studio album from Micheal Nau features a singer-songwriter vibe with influences from folk and psychedelic music. Deep, strong male vocals very similar to the National. Really enjoyed this one, give it a listen FCC: none Play: 2, 4 RIYL:  Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, the National

Shy Boys// Bell House [Polyvinyl Record Co]

Second studio album from Shy Boys features upbeat and beachy pop rock. Light guitar rifts, really nice male vocals. Very reminiscent of early Vampire Weekend. Give this one a listen! FCC: None Play: 3, 5 RIYL: The Walters, Vampire Weekend

Bodega// Endless Scroll [What’s your rupture?]

Really unique first studio album from Bodega! Very harsh male (female on a few tracks) vocals with lyrics making puns/ comments about our present day society. All the songs are quite short but say a lot, check it out! FCC: 5 Play: 4, 7 RIYL: The Front Bottoms, Varsity

THNDR// Plus [self-released]

THNDR’s first studio-released album features early 2000’s pop rock. Ethereal male vocals strong guitar rifts, wavy percussion. FCC: None Play: 2 RIYL: Maroon 5

Ghost Wagon// Crooked and Dark [Self-released]

Small band out of the midwest gives us a nice, simple folk rock album, very Tom Petty-esque.   FCC: 3,7 Play: 4 10 RIYL: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty

Steven J Push// the Road [Self-released]

Simple country album, male vocals, some harmonica, classic rock guitar rifts. Very run of the mill FCC: None Play: 2 RIYL: John Mayer, Florida Georgia Line

ALMS-Act One

ALMS– Act One Release date: 2018Oct26 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 5/5 ALMS hail from Baltimore, the unofficial capital of doom metal with their debut. Dead Water plods mercilessly through hazy riffs, reminiscent of Saint Vitus. The Toll expands, foreboding bass to rapid guitar. For Shame is the epic ye seek, smokey vocals set to a thump.  The Offering delivers sinister […]

The Exploding Eyes Orchestra- II

  The Exploding Eyes– II Release date: 2018Oct05 Label: Svart Records Rating: 4.5/5 Final album from the Exploding Eyes Orchestra, also comprised of members of Jess and the Ancient Ones. Those of Us Left, overcome with grief and sorrow, lashing out with licks. Belladonna moves with grace, uplifting vocals. Harmain romps, mellow drumbeats and wistful bass. The Things You Do […]

GENTLEMEN AND SCHOLARS – REVELRY // Self-Released

Revelry is ripe with guitar heavy tracks and strong vocals. Energetic rock, but easy and upbeat listening at the same time. FCC: Clean Play: 3, 5 RIYL: Alabama Shakes, Delta Saints, The Weeks  

MILK CARTON KIDS – ALL THE THINGS THAT I DID AND ALL THE THINGS THAT I DIDN’T DO // Anti

In All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, Milk Carton Kids set the scene with a trackless full of light, acoustic, and introspective folk. FCC: Clean Play: 1, 8, 11 RIYL: Langhorne Slim, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dawes

MOUSE ON THE KEYS – TRES // Topshelf Records

mouse on the keys latest album tres is a taste of ambient electronic beats and piano harmonies with some light vocals. The whole album has kind of a sleepy chill feel to it. Play! FCC: Clean Play: 1, 7, 10 RIYL: 3nd, toe, jizue

KRIS GRUEN – COAST & REFUGE // Mother West

Kris Gruen’s Coast & Refuge offered a variety of genres all in one 13 track record. Upbeat indie rock, folk rock, and some straight up folk tracks with a female vocal accompaniment. FCC: Clean Play: 1, 4, 12 RIYL: Houndmouth, Local Natives, Yo La Tengo

THE RECORD COMPANY – ALL OF THIS LIFE // Concord Records

On All of This Life, LA based trio The Record Company creates a gritty bar-rock sound with a hint of country flair. Strong Eddie Vedder-esque vocals. FCC: Clean Play: 2, 7, 10 RIYL: Alabama Shakes, The Graveltones, Dan Auerbach

Ghost- Prequelle

Ghost– Prequelle Release date: 2018Jun01 Label: Loma Vista Rating: 5/5 Papa Emeritus III has fallen, bringing the rise of the mysterious Cardinal Copia. Ashes scatter ominously, growling drumbeats. Rats scurry into the night, his wrath set against a melodic dirge. What’s a plague without dance? He scorns with conviction as Faith is his alone. He implores […]

The Evil- S/T

The Evil– S/T Release date: 2018Jun28 Label: Osmose Productions Rating: 3/5 The Evil hail from Brazil. Voices From The Deep cry out with thick, ominous bass.  About None Guilty growls with thick plodding riffs. Sacrifice to the Evil One unfolds on a somber note, building to thunderous guitar. Satan II throws crusty hooks like daggers to the ears. […]

MAMALARKY – FUNDAMENTAL THRIVE HIVE // Self Released

Laid back, ambient rock for the most part, a few lively beats. Hints of folk here and there. FCC: Clean Play: 2,3 RIYL: Sales, Hana Vu, Good Morning  

THE CREATION FACTORY // Lolipop Records

Upbeat harmonic surf rock !! The Creation Factory’s self titled album is mellow yet upbeat, easy, and groovy listening. Play it y’all FCC: Clean Play: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: Beach Boys, Shannon and the Clams, Wavves  

Bilge Rat// Pal [Bee Side Cassettes]

Sad, indie rock album that meets lo-fi. Dark lyrics, heavy guitar and drums, male vocalists. FCC: None Play: 1, 6 RIYL: Teen Suicide, Elvis Depresedly, Blink 182