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The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Damage and Joy”

It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a band who hasn’t put out any material in almost two decades. It’s good, it’s classic, but it doesn’t pack the same punch their earlier stuff did. That said, Damage and Joy contains all the feedback dripping guitar and angsty (which does feel strange voiced by a 50 year-old […]

Corbo – “Adrift”

Corbo’s Adrift is varied and dynamic. Each song seems to have the capacity to stand alone and the interesting melodies paired with starry synths and spacey guitar licks fall together for a diverse, appealing sound. The textured 30-minute album is trancey and dazed. Play it! Play: 3,6,7 FCC: 4,8 RIYL: James Blake, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Francis […]

Benchmarks – “Our Undivided Attention”

It’s adolescence. It’s angsty. It’s pop punk. This album is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pop punk band, nevertheless, it succeeds. The album, while predictable, is engaging and interesting. Maintaining the pop-punk tradition of chunky rhythm guitar, driving, melodic bass lines, simple, powered drums, sullen lyrics and trill guitar solos for much of […]

Jake Xerxes Fussell – “What in the Natural World”

Just 9 tracks in length, the 43 minute album is simply and soulful. Consisting of characteristically elementary acoustic guitar, bass, and drum, Jake’s rich baritone vocals ring out over. Jazz-like progressions and Appalachian timbre help focus this album. Play! Label: Paradise of Bachelors Play: 2,3,4,6 FCC: Clean! RIYL: Wood Brothers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jake Bugg, Phil Cook

Nana Grizol – “Ursa Minor”

Powered by simple melodies and vivid lyricism, Nana Grizol’s Ursa Minor is a good listen. With a runtime of only 34 minutes, the album packs in some very good tracks wwhile saving time for a few well-placed instrumentals. Label: Blood Orange Play: 2,3,7,12 FCC: 4,5 RIYL: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Frontbottoms,  Pinegrove, Paul Baribeau

Richard Edwards – “Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset” [Joyful Noise]

Former front-man of the Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s Richard Edwards’ first album sounds carefully created and curated. The gentle melodies that dance between major and minor modes from guitars and pianos are paired with a simple approach to drumming. The music is both soothing and interesting. Play this album. RIYL: Passenger, Margot and […]