Author Archives: holocene0

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 […]

Guantanamo Baywatch – Desert Center [Suicide Squeeze]

Surf garage punk influenced by the Northwest, made for the nonexistent beaches of Desert Center, a mostly abandoned town that mainly serves as a gas stop along the barren interior of California. Label: Suicide Squeeze Start w/ 2, 3 (instrumental), 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: La Luz, Shannon & The Clams, together PANGEA, Natural Child, Ty Segall, […]

Reduction Plan – Somewhere [Maladjusted]

A goth-rock record, steeped in melancholic guitar playing, crooning vocals, and propulsive drum machine rhythms, enhanced by a collection of synthesizers. Label: Maladjusted Start with: 3, 4, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Black Marble, Merchandise, The Soft Moon, Palm, Pile

The Dan Ryan – Guidance [Cosmic Dreamer]

A modern freak folk approach to traditional Texas psychedelic music and 1960’s folk. Label: Cosmic Dreamer Start with: 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jacco, Gardner, Holy Wave, Morgan Delt, Sam Kogon

My Bubba – “Gone” & “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” [Thirdman]

An soulful acoustic EP from the Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba featuring warm harmonies, a Norwegian lap harm known as a cittra, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”. Label: Thirdman Start with: 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lady Lamb, Julien Baker, Big Thief, The Milk Carton Kids

Toothless – The Pace Of The Passing [Rostrum]

Dreamy folk-pop made up of a mixture of wistful acoustic melodies, swelling electronic instrumentals, and throbbing baselines by Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash. The Record features Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming, Marika Hackman, and The Staves Label: Rostrum Start with: 2, 3, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bombay Bicycle Club, Nada Surf, Sufjan Stevens, Polyphonic Spree

Girl Ray – Earl Grey [Moshi Moshi]

Nico-tinged melancholic pop characterized by heavy-hearted harmonies. Label: Moshi Moshi Start with: 1, 2, 4, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Japanese Breakfast, Frankie Cosmos, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Ultimate Paintings, Amber Arcades, Margaret Glaspy

Briana Marela – Call It Love [Jagjaguwar]

Synth pop with energetic beats and surging arpeggios framed by Marela’s gentle vocalizations. Label: Jagjaguwar Start with: 2, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Perfume Genius, Big Thief, Weyes Blood

Joywave – Content [Hollywood]

Dance-floor synth-pop group with their second album, full of occasionally awkward vocal modulations and contrasting tones. Content connects on a few tracks but lacks the confidence and ambition that made their previous album, How Do You Feel Now?, such a solid debut. The closing track, Let’s Talk About Feelings (#11), takes a different approach, finding a relaxed, jazzy […]

Avey Tare – Eucalyptus [Domino]

Written and produced by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and recorded by Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb). Eucalyptus is an immersive album length electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust. “Conceived on Hawaiian mornings, written on a sunlit bedroom afternoon in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight, recommended listening for […]

Benjamin Gibbard – Bandwagonesque [Canvasback]

A song-for-song cover of Teenage Fanclub’s entire 1991 album, Bandwagonesque, by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. “Bandwagonesque runs the gamut, from light, playful pop songs such as Sidewinder to ones where you are like: is this a cry for help? Obviously, the production sounds like 1991, but the instrument choices are two guitars, bass and drums and the […]

Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface [Loma Vista]

Manchester Orchestra deliver their most balanced and mature album, a combination of post-hardcore-influenced rock and piano laden folk-rockers. Label: Loma Vista Play: 2, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Band of Horses, Minus The Bear, As Tall As Lions, The Deer Hunter, Owen

Mappe Of – A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone [Paper Bag]

An avant-folk group characterized by its range of haunting vocal textures and synths intertwined with trumpets, violins, kalimba, autoharp, and an intricate guitar in the foreground. Label: Paper Bag Play: 1, 2, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Teen Daze, Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher [Milk!]

Jen Cloher is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Much like her partner Courtney Barnett, and also co-founder of Milk!, her conversational garage rock-infused folk-pop style makes for an album great for […]

Gordi – Reservoir [Jagjaguwar]

Gordi’s debut album is brooding, multi-layered electronica and folk, with powerfully delivered and straightforward lyrics. Label: Jagjaguwar Play: 3, 6, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Maggie Rogers, S. Carey

Hammydown – Pizzaface EP [Self-Released]

Quirky, lyric-driven garage-pop that analyzes the cost of working in the service industry. “crisp, noodly guitar-filled title track” – The Fader “Already likened to contemporaries such as Lucy Dacus and Diet Cig, Hammydown injects her work with a raw authenticity that remains somewhat hidden by the playfulness of it all, but undoubtedly exists” – GoldFlakePaint “‘Automatic Sweetheart’ […]

Taylor Knox – Love [Cadence]

Love is a punchy debut featuring bright and often crunchy guitars, straightforwardly heartfelt lyrics and Knox’s sweet, slightly vulnerable voice. These are non-pretentious, easygoing tunes, mostly following pop song structures with hummable melodies and clap-along choruses. Label: Cadence Play: 2, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Bahamas, Smith Westerns, Tame Impala, Real Estate, Big Star, […]

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock [Atlantic]

Portugal. The Man sharpen their poppier instincts for an album full of thick, funky bass lines that groove along and can’t help but make your shoulders shake. Label: Atlantic Play: 4, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL:  Minus The Bear, Cold War Kids, Local Natives, TV On The Radio

Wavves – You’re Welcome [Ghost Ramp]

A blend of distorted garage-pop and refined sunshiny melodies. Not too much here that warrants a second listen… Label: Ghost Ramp Play: 2, 3 FCC: 1, 9, 11 RIYL:  Weezer, Best Coast, Smith Westerns, Surfer Blood

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex [Partisan]

Modern love songs set to downbeat, slow-as-molasses dream pop. ““K.” demonstrated this band’s uncanny ability to create immense power from slumping, sighing gentleness. The new “Apocalypse” pulls a similar trick, casting Gonzalez’s whispers against dreamlike guitar arpeggios and a slow-burn rhythm section, creating something like a Rhye song transposed from R&B to slowcore.” – Stereogum (Apocalypse) “Moody […]