Ripping guitar and chanting vocals abound in this new album from Secret Machines. The band has been described as ethereal space-rock, a descriptor I find to be fitting. Listeners will hear the influence of such groups as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin mixed with the synth of 80s pop. Play! FCC: 5 TRY: 2, 3, […]
From the same producer as Taylor Swift’s Folklore comes Hannah Georgas’ newest record of dream pop. Sleepy vocals create layered harmonies over driving beats and melancholy piano. Georgas’ lyrics are emotional and deeply personal, made all the more powerful by her whispered vocals. Play! FCC: 8, 9 TRY: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: Aidan Knight, Jenn […]
It’s the end of summer and you are enjoying each golden hour while you can. Atta Boy is on in the background with their latest album, bringing folksy and indie vibes to the day. Real lyrics, sweet instrumentation, play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 7 RIYL: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Morningsiders, The Happy Fits
Get on the dance floor! Jabbawoki’s latest will have you jamming to funky guitar riffs and punctuated drums. Play! But watch out for FCC tracks… FCC: 3, 4, 5, 7 TRY: 2, RIYL: Frankie, Bedroom High Club, Sounds Like A Storm
The latest album from March to May is full of whimsy, orchestral and exciting. This dynamic musical journey has been described as folk mixed with indie rock and chamber pop. Swelling vocals cascade over harp, acoustic guitar, piano, violin, cello, electric bass, and intricate drum patterns. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 4, 7, 12 RIYL: David […]
A mellow, groovy album co-led by Woody Goss of Vulfpeck fame. Everything about this album is silky smooth though and cohesive. Recommended track is ‘Palm of My Hand’.
The debut solo album from Charlie Hill (also known for his work with J Bengoy) presents an engaging blend of lo-fi, Americana, classic rock and new wave. His songwriting, in terms of lyrics, hooks and melodies, is as strong as ever. A strong recommendation! Track Picks: 2, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Fruit Bats, […]
Local Legend’s 15th studio album and released after almost 40 years of playing together! A welcome treat for Phans and some very accessible material for newcomers as well. As for much of their later releases, it has musically maturity that reflects a band that has spent a lot of time playing; it’s tight musically with […]
A raucous rock and soul romp from the incomparable Bette Smith! Listeners will recognize gospel roots among the wailing saxophones and group vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kirk Fletcher, Nikki Hill, Flamingo Tours
A sweet, retro-inspired tune from Damon Mitchell. Mitchell sings and is backed by a grouping of famous musicians from all eras. Nostalgic acoustic guitar and emotional orchestration combine in a lovesick tangle. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: New age sound with classic rock influence
Some perfectly mediocre rock and roll from Dirty Streets. Full of classic rock sounds, wailing slide guitar, and featuring a cover of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: KING MUD, Zachary Kibbee, Black River Delta, La Chinga
The Harmed Brothers bring listeners beautiful folk rock for a summer day with more than a hint of Americana and twang. Lyrics reminisce on the time band members have spent growing together throughout their careers and gorgeous melodies abound. Play for sure! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 2, 8 RIYL: Tom VandenAvond, Willy Tea Taylor, Ugly […]
Ponder’s vocals are the smoothest you’ll ever hear as they flow like molasses around lyrics about the state of our world today. Originally written when wildfires were raging in Australia at the beginning of 2020, the lyrics have only become more pertinent as the year has gone on. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Harri Endersby, Lex […]
Ben Harper and Rhiannon Giddens cover Nick Drake in this stunning new single. Featuring strings and harmonious vocals, a haunting treat for the willing ear. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Donavon Frankenreiter, Brett Dennen, Citizen Cope, Amos Lee
Uhlmann’s sound is Indie Rock at its finest. The album is a collage of orchestral pop and music to think to. The vocals are smooth and balmy, backed by flowing melodies and electronic sounds used just the right way. Its songwriter says of the album, “Neighborhood Watch is a cozy portrait of grains of sand, […]
Thin Lear’s newest is a lullaby-like, quietly luminous stroll through the night sky. Sweeping, soft vocals are backed by romantic piano and gentle strings, with some more uptempo tunes featuring driving drums and surprising brass solos. The lyrics are perfectly melancholy as they tell their story. Worth a listen from beginning to end- play! FCC: […]
Listeners will feel the intensity as soon as this five-piece Art Rock band strikes a chord. Sylvette’s sound is dramatic, theatrical, and frantic. The album sounds like a soundtrack to a fantastical animated movie with its foggy orchestration and action-packed rhythms. FCC: Clean TRY: 4, 11, 12 RIYL: Big Society, Bethlehem Casuals, Quiet Houses, HAZY
The Spiritual Leaders bring classic Indie Rock sounds to life with electronic embellishments on Underwater With You, their latest single. The band is based in Ireland, and features David Reilly (lead vocals and guitar), Fergus Brady (lead guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Cathal Brady (drums and percussion). A soothing and introspective tune. Play! […]
A melodious mixture of haunting tangoes and ghostly waltzes from Black Bordello’s debut album. Listeners will hear the influence of jazz in vocals and songwriting, and can expect fairy-like, whimsical sounds from piano, saxophone, and more. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 7, 9 RIYL: Jerskin Fendrix, Team Picture, Pozi, The Lounge Society
Brilliant textures, beautiful lyrics, and a striking delivery. Sumney even samples some Esbjorn Svensson!
Five years since her last release, Lianne La Havas’ Self Titled release shows remarkable artistic growth with solid, earthy grooves and direct lyrics. “Sour Flower” is recommended.
A new album of electrifying art rock from Liza Anne! The record chronicles a self-aware story of Liza’s emotional growth. Creativity and passion are highly evident in this journey toward self love. Immerse yourself in the sounds of bouncing rhythms and hooks reminiscent of The Talking Heads. Worth a thoughtful listen from beginning to end. […]
Age of Entitlement is the debut album and first solo project of The Hoosiers’ frontman, Irwin Sparkes. The tracks feature layered, lilting harmonies, soft guitar, and a beautiful string section. The mood is one of ethereal, mellow meadow sounds- oh so soothing to the quarantine-fried mind. The lyrics are deeply personal and heartfelt. The entire […]
An 80s-inspired, synth-filled single from Reardon Love that carries the message of rebellion against a totalitarian and corrupt government. A surface level head bopper with thought-provoking depth. FCC: Clean RIYL: Blossoms, Pulp