Author Archives: holocene0

S. Carey – Hundred Acres [Jagjaguwar]

A modern take on folk, a full yet intimate sound with glorious harmonies and heavy drums. This album feels earthy, its melodies and lyrics are simple and warm. This piece seems a bit more pop than his other two albums, but maintains the great folk feel he’s become known for. The instrumentals are rich and […]

Trace Mountains – A Partner to Lean On [Figure 2 RC]

A Partner to Lean On, the first proper full length from Trace Mountains, is both an extension of front man Dave Benton’s (LVL UP) initial excursion to explore the world of sounds in solitude, and a continuation of his lifelong relationship with music-making as a social process. The songs featured on A Partner to Lean On came about over […]

Ought – Room Inside The World [Merge]

On Room Inside the World—Ought’s third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room […]

Hockey Dad – Blend Inn [Kanine]

Best mates first, bandmates second – the heart of Hockey Dad has always existed in the friendship between duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming. The fast-paced, punk style of Billy’s drums is executed in perfect synchronicity with Zach’s jangly guitar, anthemic choruses and ever-confident vocals to give life to their unmistakable and infectious brand of […]

Anna Burch – Quit The Curse [Polyvinyl]

A collection of sugary, 90s-influenced indie rock. The nine songs that comprise Quit The Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that […]

Camp Cope – How To Socialise & Make Friends [Run For Cover]

Beginning in the Melbourne DIY punk scene in 2015, Camp Cope have since propelled themselves to success in Australia, selling out Sydney Opera House, while all the while being feminist voices of their generation. Their second full length anchors on the cycles of life, loss, and growth through resilience, and those moments of finding and […]

Anenon – Tongue [Friends of Friends]

LA producer/composer Brian Allen Simon retreats to the hills of Tuscany to further the vision of eclectic mix of woodwinds, synthesizers, and field recordings. Simon decamped overseas to attempt to find something pure and forgotten — capable of reaching into our DNA coding. Hints of John Cage and Steve Reich suffuse his manipulation of space, […]

Yo La Tengo – There’s a Riot Going On [Matador]

“It’s awash in loops and effects, in sustained shimmering tones and percussion overdubs… there are echoes of late-1960s studio extravaganzas like the Rolling Stones’s Their Satanic Majesties Request, Tim Buckley’s Goodbye and Hello and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds” – New York Times “The hypnotic drones and shimmery rhythms suggest a blend of darkness and light that resides well […]

Mount Eerie – Now Only [Phil Elverum & Sun]

Mount Eerie, AKA Phil Elverum, follows up his stunningly tragic and beautiful 2017 album A Crow Looked at Me with this record. A Crow Looked at Me came just months after Elverum lost his wife Genevieve to cancer, and the album captured the grief and anguish of such a loss in a raw, unfiltered outpour […]

Frankie Cosmos – Vessel [Sub Pop]

Vessel is the third studio album by New York native songwriter and composer Greta Kline’s indie pop outfit, Frankie Cosmos. The group has taken several different shapes since their first full band album, Zentropy, erupted in New York’s DIY music scene in 2014. For Vessel, the band’s line up comprises of a number of talented […]

Amen Dunes – Freedom [Sacred Bones]

From the promoter: “With every record, Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes has transformed, and Freedom is the project’s boldest leap yet. On the surface, Freedom is a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon’s father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The […]

Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now [Paradise Of Bachelors]

The Nova Scotia quartet’s chilled-out, endearing folk-centric rock n roll gets a slightly more cutting edge on on their third album. Label: Paradise Of Bachelors Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7 FCC: 5, 10 RIYL: Ultimate Painting, LVL UP, EZTV, Stephen Malkmus, Lou Reed

Lauren Ruth Ward – Well, Hell [Weekday Records]

Lauren’s arresting voice slices through the classic rock instrumentation delivered through the perfect modern filter by her band Label: Weekday Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 FCC: 5 RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Caroline Rose, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Phoebe Bridgers

Dungen & Woods – Myths 003 [Mexican Summer]

Recorded at Marfa Myths 2017, Stockholm’s psychedelic masters Dungen and adventurous Brooklyn indie-folk pioneers Woods collaborated to create seven new sweaty, psychedelic songs. Label: Mexican Summer Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kevin Morby, Chad VanGaalen, Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Vetiver, Ducktails, Cotton Jones

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar [Ninja Tune]

Scottish experimental avant-pop group Young Fathers are back with their most confident project yet, and it is nothing short of transcendent. Cocoa Sugar takes the raw, creative energy we love them for, mixes it disparate sonic motifs and amplifies it through the roof. “chaotic but sleek” – Pitchfork 7.3 Review Label: Ninja Tune Start w/ 1, 3, 5, […]

Titus Andronicus – A Productive Cough [Merge]

A more stripped-back, slowed-down effort than their previous bawling and thrashing sound, driven by frontman Patrick Stickles’ rambling, existential lyricism and anthemic hooks. Label: Merge Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: 1, 2 RIYL: Okkervil River, The Microphones, Deer Tick, Jeff Rosenstock

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems [Matador]

Scottish indie-pop vets compile three very good EPs into a tasting menu of their strengths featuring aspects of funk, soul, psych, and house music in addition to the expected spate of hushed acoustic guitar pieces, sometimes all at once. Label: Matador Start w/ 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Clientele, Yo La Tengo, […]

American Pleasure Club (FKA Teen Suicide) – A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This [Run For Cover]

A series of intimate, fuzzed-out bedroom pop recordings. “Seamlessly blending sounds and influences as diverse as american folk & country traditions, drum n’ bass, japanese ambient music, modern rap, classic scuzzy 80s+90s indie rock, and synth-ballads recalling badalamenti & julee cruise’s iconic, haunted film scores for david lynch, A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This is an album that everyone on earth will […]

Caroline Rose – LONER [New West]

Originating from NYC, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caroline Rose now sports a red jumpsuit and plays incredibly catchy, fun, and sarcastic pop-rock anthems. LONER was written, arranged, and played by Caroline Rose, however, she also tours with a group of talented Burlington musicians. Catch them the next time they hit the local scene. Preview: Bandcamp Label: New West […]

El Ten Eleven – Unusable Love EP [Self-Released]

El Ten Eleven, an instrumental duo known for its inventive approach to songwriting and happy, electronic post-rock collaborate with Emile Mosseri of The Dig marking the first time the band has worked with a vocalist on a record. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Cigarettes After Sex, Slowdive, The Dig, Ratatat, This Will Destroy You

Kelly Stoltz – Que Aura [Castle Face]

’60s-inspired power pop, with side trips into space rock, warped synth pop, echo-y psych, and even some off-kilter disco. Label: Castle Face Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sonny & The Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys, Mikal Cronin, Cool Ghouls, Morgan Delt, Woods, Quilt

So Much Light – Oh, Yuck [Anti]

Soul combined with thoughtfully-arranged electronic production and textures. Label: Anti Start with: 3, 4, 7, 8 FCC: 9 RIYL: Flume, How To Dress Well, Toro y Moi

Bedouine – Bedouine [Spacebomb]

An effortless folk-rock debut album filled with sun and gorgeous, timeless-sounding declarations of self-reliance. Label: Spacebomb Start with: 1, 2, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Julie Byrne, Cass McCombs, Weyes Blood, Nick Drake, Angel Olsen, Kevin Morby

Soccer Mommy – Collection [Fat Possum]

Gaining popularity from her Bandcamp bedroom recordings, Sophie Allison enlists a full band to prove that she intends her soft and angsty music to have more depth and character than her previous EPs with titles like songs from my bedroom and songs for the recently sad. “chill but kinda sad” – Soccer Mommy on Bandcamp “She doesn’t overdo […]

Iron & Wine – Beast Epic [Sub Pop]

A blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk. Recording everything live and employing minimal overdubbing gives the album a warm and intimate sound. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Andrew Bird, Jesca Hoop, Band Of Horses, Ben Bridwell, Conor Oberst, Modest Mouse, M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, Father […]