Author Archives: kringle1337

Hotel Life – All This EP (self-released)

Boardwalks, buskers with sand in their hair, and lots of empty beer bottles. Vocals sound a bit like Dean Wareham, but the music is more indebted to the surfy indie rock from the early 2010s. Although I don’t think that track 3 has any relation to Better Call Saul, it’s still the most solid track […]

Namen Namen – Namen Namen [Massif]

Sunny and slightly surfy garage rock. Great energy and some wild guitar freakouts. The vocalist and guitarist seem to be big fans of The Velvet Underground. RIYL: The Velvet Underground, Black Lips, The Stooges Play: 5, 3, 6, 1 FCC: None

System Exclusive – System Exclusive [Castle Face]

Synth-heavy dance-punk inspired by the 2000s New York scene. Vocals are reminiscent of Karen O at times. Producer Enrique Tena Padilla’s portfolio includes work with Osees, Wand, & Beach House. This record is also approved by Henry Rollins (if that means anything to you). Great stuff! Play: 1, 4*, 5, 11 RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Yeah […]

Softcult – Year of the Snake EP + Year of the Rat EP [Easy Life]

Softcult is an Ontario-based duo interested in 2000s mallcore nostalgia and dreamy shoegaze. The production is pop-oriented but never feels too glossy. There are some fantastic harmonies and melodies that weave through both EPs. There are clean versions of FCC’d songs on the CD (not on streaming). Play: 2, 3, 9, 10 FCC: 1, 11 […]

SPIRAL ISLAND – IMPACT SCRIPTURE [SELF-RELEASED]

Nick Davies (of Gentle Brontosaurus) explores bedroom synthpop, indie rock, and cutesy indie-pop on their latest LP. Huge early aughts vibes, but the production and lyricism sound modern. There are instrumental versions of all the tracks if you aren’t a fan of the vocals. Play: 2, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Postal Service, The Decemberists, […]