Author Archives: djkook

of Montreal – UR FUN [Polyvinyl]

From promoter: “On UR FUN, Barnes is more candid than ever, presenting ten concise electro-pop songs that expose the depths of his current life, his private thoughts-both optimistic and brooding-and his passionate relationship with songwriter Christina Schneider of Locate S,1.” Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 3 RIYL: MGMT, Prince, Beck

Elliot Moss – A Change In Diet [Grand Jury]

From promoter: “Elliot Moss‘ third album is inspired by large personal changes reflected in his songwriting, and is more raw and uninhibited sound than his previous work, each song awash with vivid imagery and self-reflection.” Label: Grand Jury Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: James Blake, Lo Fang, Jack Garret, Bon Iver

Caveboy – Night In The Dark, Kiss In The Dark [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Caveboy might not be a household name in America yet, but you’ll want to add this eclectic indie pop trio to your playlist ASAP.  Based in Montréal, Canada, Caveboy consists of guitarist and vocalist Michelle “Minty” Bensimon, bassist Isabelle Banos, and drummer Lana Cooney—all women, all queer-identified or vocal allies to the LGBTQ community.” Label: Self-Released […]

Field Music – Making A New World [Memphis Industries]

From promoter: “Historical gravitas and art pop zip…all delivered with Field Music‘s customary artful intelligence and verve.” Label: Memphis Industries Start w/ 3, 8, 10, 17, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Dirty Projectors, of Montreal, Corridor

Oliver Spalding – Novemberism [Monotreme]

From promoter: “Oliver Spalding is a 23 year-old UK artist with musical roots firmly based in the realm of folk, kindred to its probity and emotional weight. His solo voyage has this at its heart, dressed in delicate electronics, waves of epic grandeur and dauntless honesty, lyrically and sonically, throughout.” Label: Monotreme Start w/ 2, 4, 7, […]

String Machine – Death of the Neon [Know Hope]

From promoter: “It would be easy enough to make an attempt at some pointless term of categorization: psychedelic folk, indie rock, post-folk, or if this were the 90s they would probably be dumped into that “alternative” catch-all. But to experience String Machine, either live or on Death of the Neon, is to enter a unique […]

A Girl Called Eddy – Been Around [Elefant]

From promoter: “Erin Moran appeared out of nowhere in 2001 as A Girl Called Eddy with an EP on indie label Le Grand Magistery that showcased a talent that had her being compared to Karen Carpenter, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Rickie Lee Jones, and Prefab Sprout. She then hooked up with Richard Hawley to make […]

Legal Vertigo – Tragic Future Film Star [Dine Alone Records]

From promoter: “Legal Vertigo, formerly known as Napster Vertigo, is the musical endeavor of producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Woods. Having made a name for himself across the Montreal music community, working with such bands as Operators, Wolf Parade, and countless others, Legal Vertigo has cut out a wonderfully unique corner of the music world all […]

Georgia Maq – Pleaser [Run For Cover]

From promoter: “Pleaser‘s 8 tracks shimmer and pulsate, calling to mind pop artists like Lorde, Robyn, Charli XCX and Gwen Stefani. While McDonald may have felt challenged while writing Pleaser, the experience of listening to the album is anything but difficult. Its unapologetic pop sentiments shine and delight, McDonald’s gorgeous alto soaring above each track.” […]

Celestial Shore -Sunnyland [Self-Released]

From promoter: “This album, their first in 5 years, is the final album from the band made up of Greg Albert (has played in Guerilla Toss), Max Almario (has played with Yonatan Gat and more), and Sam Owens (aka Sam Evian). Post-Trash describes the pysch pop trio’s Sunnyland  as “both wild and heavy, diving between jagged moments, […]

Sassy 009 – Kill Sassy 009 [Luft Recordings]

An ethereal mix of various synth-wavelengths and drumming that creates a dark yet bubbly world for any mellow house or edm head. This debut album from Norwegian artist Sassy 009 fuses the smooth rock and electronic genres to bring a unique perspective on topics ranging from love, individualism, withdrawals, and regret with smooth layering of […]

Alexandria Malliot – Benevolence [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Focuses on the emotional roller-coaster of heartbreak with moments built-in for introspection and stillness. The sound is a mix of southern rock and R&B filtered through a 90’s state of mind.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Brittany Howard, Basia Bulat

Bree – New Skin [werewolf Tunes]

From promoter: “BREE is a Nashville based alt/rock songwriter. Influenced by the 70s British sound, mixed with 90s angst she creates a sound very unique to her life.” Label: Werewolf Tunes Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, The Cranberries

The Small Calamities – designer heartache [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Jangly modern rock that rings with the contagious indie of Nada Surf and Jimmy Eat World.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 4, 8 FCC: 2, 3, 6, 12, 13 RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, The National, Nada Surf

Devonte Hynes – Queen & Slim Original Motion Picture Score [Domino]

From promoter: “Songwriter and composer Devonte Hynes’s motion picture score for Queen and Slim is a mixture of heartfelt and nerve wracking pieces that communicate the themes of togetherness and paranoia portrayed in the film. Hynes has an extensive back catalogue performing under the name Blood Orange as well as a number of collaborations with […]

dj poolboi – Forever Yours EP [Self-Released]

From promoter: “dj poolboi is the moniker of Austin Texas’ resident Adam Ansley. In 2017 Ansley started quietly releasing lo-fi house music as an artistic outlet on Youtube. Channelling his own and family struggles with alcoholism and depression he created his own unique outlet of emotional melodic dance music mixing elation and nostalgia with melancholy.” […]

Will Samson – Paralanguage [Wichita Recordings]

From promoter: “Paralanguage was inspired by Will Samson’s first – and only – experiments with psilocybin. For some time, following the death of his father in 2012, the British musician had suffered from mild PTSD, unable to process the grief provoked by the sudden nature of his passing.” Label: Wichita Recordings Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7 FCC: Clean […]

Acidhead – Distractions [Veriditas]

From promoter: “A deconstruction of pop music delivered with auto-tuned vocals and distorted electronic beats. The album is equally influenced by 808s & Heartbreak, Travis Scott, and Stravinsky, blurring and blending lo-fi punk and trap with the tenderness of Aaron Copland.” Label: Veriditas Start w/ 1, 2, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: FKA Twigs, The 1975,

Blue Vervain – Demos & Alternate Takes [Mint 400]

From promoter: “Blue Vervain is an indie/mood rock band from Bergen County, New Jersey. In September of 2019 they released their first album Wounds. On November 29th, 2019 they will release a supplement to that album with their release of Demos & Alternate Takes.” Label: Mint 400 Start w/ 1, 2, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Snail […]

Maggie Rogers – “Love You For A Long Time” [Single] [Capitol]

From promoter: “Grammy Award-nominated American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer Maggie Rogers’ new single “Love You For A Long Time” is a sweet and catchy tune with a tinge of southern influence.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Haim, Julian Baker, Sylvan Esso

August Eve – Ashes in a Vase [Mad Decent]

From promoter: “Born and based in Los Angeles, the 22-year-old performer is a modern-day multidisciplinary artist: singer, songwriter, producer, director, multi-instrumentalist, and boundary-pushing creative. A skilled vocalist and gifted lyricist, August Eve has crafted a distinctively bold sound built on dark, melancholic pop melodies, soulful vocals and heartbreakingly cognizant lyrics, which together paint a vivid […]

Fascinations Grand Chorus – Presentations of Electrical Confectionery [Silent Stereo]

From promoter: “the album bursts forth in unabashedly sunny pop mixed with a sprinkling of garage attitude and studio trickery.” Label: Silent Stereo Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Shannon & The Clams, Chastity Belt, Girl Friday

Angelica Garcia – Radio Sampler [Spacebomb]

From promoter: “Virginia based artist Angelica Garcia is putting catchy melodies to trap inspired beats on her new radio sampler to communicate her message of embracing your roots.” Label: Spacebomb Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: 4 RIYL: Sleepwalkers, Lucy Dacus, Landon Elliot

Milky Chance – Mind the Moon [BMG]

From promoter: “German folk trio Milky Chance is taking a more electronic driven approach with their new record Mind The Moon. Since their conception in 2012, the band has been on a steady climb with their polyphonic perspective that has received international praise. Their latest album explores several instrumental techniques including funky drum samples, jangly […]

Delanila – Radio Sampler [Zyg Zyg]

From promoter: “Alternative-electronic artist DELANILA is blending elements of glitch and alt rock to compose a mysterious but rocking sound. She implements sporadic drum machines and reverbed guitar leads to compliment her smooth vocal delivery.” Label: Zyg Zyg Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Circa, St Vincent, Sleater Kinney