Author Archives: knoboa

James Blake – Retrograde

    Electronic gospel-folk. Jazzy and minimal with some great backup vocals on some tracks. This album had R&B textures throughout and is showier than Blake’s previous albums but does not disappoint. Play: 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: How To Dress Well, Mount Kimbie, Rhye

The Flaming Lips – The Terror

    Droned out noise rock. Something new and refreshing from The Flaming Lips, very different from their regular sound. Give it a listen if you’re a fan of the band, it will definitely surprise you. Play: 5, 7, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, The Olivia Tremor Control, Animal Collective,

Bible Camp Sleepovers – Sailin’ EP

    WRUV DJ Wallaby and his friends released an awesome EP of super fun pop-rock music! They opened for MGMT and are coming at you from Burlington, bringing some wonderfully joyous tunes to your dancing feet! Play: All! FCC: Clean RIYL: Vampire Weekend, a hybrid of The Strokes and The Beach Boys

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

    Dreamy synth-pop with female vocals. Smooth and laid-back with cool techno elements. Play: 6, 2, 4, 9, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Blouse, Tamaryn,  

Guided By Voices – English Little League

  Poppy alt-rock with grungy tendencies. Very rock-n-roll with loud guitars and lots of angst. Some songs are way scuzzier and of much lower quality then the rest of the album, with interesting vocals and minimal instruments (try 16 if you want a taste of this). Play: 3, 6, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sebadoh, Pavement, […]

No Joy – Wait To Pleasure

      Scuzzy pop-rock with dreamy female vocals and some drowned out synth. Song 11 reminds me of Twin Peaks. Play: 1, 8, 11, 2, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lower Dens, Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins

Houses – A Quiet Darkness

Dexter Tortoriello knows how to create heart-wrenching music. Plagued with a rough past, Tortoriello’s passion comes out in his music. A member of Houses for many years, Tortoriello and his girlfriend, Megan Messina, create beautiful, ambient synth-rock music. Their newest release, A Quiet Darkness, uses grinding guitars and bleak harmonies to form an immense and […]

The Lonely Wild – The Sun as it Comes

The first thing that came to mind when listening to The Lonely Wild’s debut album was how this sounded like a combination of Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes. There are many similarities to both of those bands but The Sun as it Comes is something new on its own. Though there are some […]

Mmoths – Diaries

Mmoths is an Ireland-based producer who is not afraid to ignore genre conventions. His newest release, Diaries begins soft and builds up to create a “chillwave,” almost R&B electronic release. Diaries is full of organic soundscapes and guest vocals that combine to form a relaxing and ambient album. Play: 1, 5, 6, 4 FCC: Clean […]

Pickwick – Can’t Talk Medicine

Can’t Talk Medicine by Pickwick is a neo-soul indie rock album with some bluesy Americana elements. A band from Seattle, Pickwick’s sound is not very common to the area. Can’t Talk Medicine holds a lot of piano and soulful guitar and vocals, giving this album a fresh and fun feel.  At times this reminds me […]

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

Justin Vernon, the mind behind Bon Iver, is one of the first things you hear on To See More Light, Colin Stetson’s third volume in his New History Warfare series. A much unexpected addition to Stetson’s regular experimental saxophone, Vernon’s crooning gives this album a darker more personal feel than the previous two.  Recorded live […]

Fol Chen – False Alarms

Full of synth and drowned out female vocals, False Alarms, is a good follow up to Fol Chen’s previous album. Starting off confident with great vocals and catchy beats, the first half of False Alarms sounds like bubblegum pop mixed with heavy synth. The second half of the album slows down and becomes drone-ish and slightly darker. Labeled as […]

Villagers – Awayland

Awayland, Conor O’Brien’s newest release with his band, Villagers, is a story-telling indie rock album with some folk elements. Awayland goes in a different direction than Villagers debut release, Becoming a Jackal, sounding almost like it was meant to be a musical. This album flows from beginning to end like a well thought out pop-rock epic fit for […]