Author Archives: rachellzell

alt-J- “RELAXER” [Atlantic/ Canvasback]

Alt-J’s third album is just as eclectic and inspired as the first two, if not more. It’s hard to pin down the multitude of genres influencing the album, but there seems to be a folk inflection blended with alt-J’s typical synth-heavy style, especially in the tracks Adeline and Last Year. The album is definitely a […]

MATT AND SAM’S BROTHER – “MY BRAIN HURTS A LOT” [LIGHT ORGAN]

Bouncing back and forth between slower, angry tracks and dancey, almost-western rock makes for a super dynamic album. The connection to JPNSGRLS is definitely evident in some of the tracks, as it’s the solo project of frontman Charlie Kerr, but the record is thematically varied, introspective, and worth individual recognition. Guitar-driven and good for angsty […]

WARM SODA – “I DON’T WANNA GROW UP” [CASTLE FACE]

Full of energy and good for dancing, each song is under 3 minutes so the album never loses steam. Catchy lyrics, raspy lo-fi vocals, and angsty love themes sound like garage, 60s rock, and new wave had a baby. RIYL: King Tuff, Black Lips, Wavves, The Cure Play: 1, 3, 7, 11, 12 | FCC: 6