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Andy Aquarius – Chapel [Hush Hush]

From promoter: “Hush Hush Records is honored to help present the new album ‘Chapel’ by Berlin-based harpist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Andy Aquarius. A timeless record that captures a primordial beauty, ‘Chapel’ places Andy’s exquisite homespun harp arrangements alongside honest vocal melodies for a transcendental journey through the outer realms of ambient, classical, new age, and […]

Sun Atoms  – Let There Be Light [Little Cloud Records]

From promoter: “An incredible combination of psychedelic dark wave and postmodern pop from psych veteran Jsun Atoms. Produced by The Dandy Warhols’ guitar pedal maestro Peter Holmström and mixed by London’s legendary Stephen Street (The Smiths). Start w/ 1,4  – FCC Warning: #8  – RIYL: Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, MIEN, Thee […]

Heartafiya – Villa [iBlaze]

Fun reggae single! RIYL Damien Marley, J Boog, Hirie, Koffee, Protoje, and Chronixx FCC: Clean

MF Robots – Break the Wall [BBE Music]

Really nice beat-heavy R&B joints. Kinda gives me Lauryn Hill/Lady Wray vibes. Dig it for sure! RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Lady Wray Play: #3, #7, #11 FCC: Clean

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

From promoter: “Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. What began as a superficial conceit became a more serious investigation […]

Odonis Odonis – Spectrums [Felte]

From promoter: “On Spectrums, Odonis Odonis showcase the extreme ends of their musical margins. Embracing a love of ‘80s goth and darkwave melodicism while maintaining an industrial strength intensity, the dualities of their sound are revealed in a striking new light. With four albums under their belts, the Toronto-based duo of Dean Tzenos and Denholm Whale […]

Boy Scouts – Wayfinder [Anti]

Really cool, interesting harmonies, and in the orbit of Stephen Steinbrink so you know that it’s gonna be hip. Pretty vocals! RIYL: Bachelor, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Girlpool, Jay Som, Andy Shauf, FloristTRY: #4, 3, 9, 1

Near Beer – Sleeping is For Suckers [Self-Released]

Nice heavy stuff with cool riffs. RIYL: The Replacements FCC: All tracks explicit

Goodbye Honolulu – Over and Over [Self-Released]

The vibe of the Dan is strong in this one. Funky with nice electric piano work, which is always a plus. RIYL: Steely Dan, The Walters FCC: Clean

The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Stay With Me [Self-Released]

New release that sounds maybe similar to some folks like the Lumineers or maybe Turnover? I enjoy the guitar riff in the chorus and hope you do as well! RIYL: Lumineers, Turnover FCC: Clean

Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown – Douzieme Journee: Le Verbe, La parure, L’amour [Crammed Discs

This is sooooo out there. Trippy, funky, but really weird and squeaky. Great combination of things. Recommend: #3,5,6. RIYL: Can, John Hassell. FCC: Clean

Future Crib – Full Time Smiles [Self-Released]

From promoter: “The five piece Nashville band recorded Full Time Smile in the outskirts of Atlanta in December 2020, and they self-imposed the limitation to record the album in the span of a week. Whereas the band’s second LP, Silverdays, was “a reimagining” and a “polishing up” of previously-produced demos, this album is a more carefully-crafted affair, a […]

The Franklin Electric – This Time I See It [Self-Released]

A fairly plain folk album that opens up in a really interesting way that feels Andrew Bird like with catchy melodies and neat instrumentation. RIYL City and Colour, Half Moon Run, Milk & Bone, Arkells, Joel Plaskett TRY #6, 7, 2, 1 | FCC Clean

Slop-Forth Wanderers (Father/Daughter Records)

This record is full of slick, intertwining guitar riffs and dynamic vocals. The songwriting is emotional, yet delivered in a cool manner. The short record leaves the listener wanting more, but it is only because of the record’s successes. TRACKS:1,2,3 RIYL: Slothrust, the Strokes, Speedy Ortiz

Ruff-Born Ruffians (Yep Roc)

The songs are bouncy rock music. Easy to bop your head along to and kept at a nice volume throughout each song. There is an 80s art rock sense from the album and that is augmented by bouncing bass and a lively horn section. TRACKS:1,3,5,6,9,11 FCC: 6,7,8 RIYL: Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend

Be Small-HERE WE GO MAGIC (Secretly Canadian)

A nice divide between 80s electro pop and slow rock ballads, however they do not find themselves collaborating often on this album. The difference is made clear in each song the direction that is being taken and when they are clear the song is difficult to ignore. The slow ballads build under piano and acoustic […]

Romantic Thoughts-PAUL BERGMANN (Fairfax)

A singer-songwriter that makes each song about the content and not the melody or tune. His near monotone vocal delivery matches the music well and gives a constant in the music that does not care about what is happening around it in pursuit of the story. The lyrics are interesting to focus on, but it […]

Nothing Matters-DIAMOND YOUTH (Topshelf)

Diamond Youth present very sweet music that shows a bit of sadness that really only shows in the slightest note change in their melodies. The music is grand and sweet, similar to a gigantic sour gummy worm. It swallows you up in the apparent happy rock and power chords, but their is definitely a scene […]

Ratchet-Shamir (XL Recordings)

Shamir possesses a unique voice that has been commended for its chameleonic ability to adapt to the surroundings. With a setting of Las Vegas, Shamir exposes both sides of the city with beautiful ballads and dance hall jams. Overall, the album flips between both sides of the coin but this album holds more weight in […]

Sunwolf – “Angel Eyes”

    “Angel Eyes” is the second EP from DC based 3 piece garage-punk-rock act Sunwolf.  Their tracks are soaked in sunny lo-fi vocals, surfy guitar licks with an edge, goofy lyrics and bouncy Strokes-esque rhythms.  They combine the sounds of So. Cal garage rock of bands like Spoon with the post modern sensibilities of […]

Wire – Change Becomes Us

40 year-old UK post punk group. For this album the band took unfinished recordings from their earlier years and reworked them to be album worthy. The instrumentals twist and glitter, and are helped by clear production. Songs range from heavy and driven to spaced-out and pop-y. RIYL: The Fall, Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, […]

Lee Noble – Ruiner

  Ambient experimental folk rock tunes that are soaked in gentle guitar fuzz. The vocals range from wails to wimpers, and organ shimmers just behind the guitars. The songs are pleasantly lo-fi, and pass by easily. RIYL: Brute Heart, Foreign Fields, Plankton Wat, Norwegian Arms Play: 8,6,3,7 FCC: Clean

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any!

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any!

Let Freedom Ring

Mellow twang rock from relatively veteran Californian rocker–recorded in Mexico city.  Prophet’s voice is deep and croony.  Extra strings and female backing harmonies add a nice touch to a few tracks.  “A political album for non political people”  FCC Clean Play 2, 7, 10