Category: Albums

Jacob Hudson – “It All Repeats” EP

Jacob Hudson – “It All Repeats” EP

Jacob Hudson  is a talented singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, Florida who just released his latest EP, It All Repeats. His last release, The Tomb, was mostly acoustic based and chronicled the ups and downs of relationships. It All Repeats is his newest effort, and it’s a stellar collection of songs about the emotions and feelings felt after a break up. The way […]

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APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

Any brand-new label would be excited by their first release. Newbies Inherent Sounds have every right to be proud to kick off their roster with Sadness Is A Gesture from APHRA, the electropop alter-ego of Philadelphia’s Rebecca Waychunas. With unexpected depth to her music, Rebecca explains “Most people would listen to my songs and assume it’s about boy meets girl, […]

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Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy – “Saturday Night”

Tim Darcy‘s main outfit, Ought, has already established a reputation as being one of Canadian music’s most adventurous bands. As a solo artist, would he expand upon his band’s experimentalism or pursue a more linear, sonic path? The answer lies somewhere in-between on his eye-opening debut album, Saturday Night. A more apt description of Saturday Night is that it is […]

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Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Timothy Showalter’s days of flying under the radar as one of the best songwriters in the world may be over with the release of Strand of Oaks’ latest record, Hard Love. The songwriter, currently out of Philadelphia but originally from Goshen, Indiana, has released some truly fantastic records, including 2015’s Heal. Always relatable and a true open book either in […]

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Frederick The Younger – “Human Child”

Frederick The Younger – “Human Child”

Many US cities are known for a specific sound. Chicago has blues. San Francisco has become the place where psychedelic and garage rock have been re-imagined. Nashville is country music. Brooklyn and Austin are the meccas of indie music. Louisville, Kentucky, though, does not have a specific genre to which it could attach itself. Instead, with the likes of My […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Think of a capella music and you may well bring to mind Pitch Perfect, The Flying Pickets or The Roches. What you won’t expect is the complex variation provided by singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby in Songbirds. Whilst this is her sixth studio album, it’s the first that she considers to be truly herself – “Everything laid bare.” Songbirds is the product of […]

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Hand Habits by Chantal Anderson

Hand Habits – “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”

Anyone who as heard music created by Meg Duffy can agree that her talent is undeniable. Whether it’s playing guitar for Kevin Morby and supplying this amazing backbone to his music, or her own project, Hand Habits, her music is impressive. Her debut LP as Hand Habits, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) is a testament to her skills, both […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Porcelain Raft – “Microclimate”

Since arriving on the music scene in 2010 under the moniker Porcelain Raft, Italian-born, Los Angeles-based Mauro Remiddi swept listeners away with his ethereal ambience and soaring, transcendent anthems. The release of his third studio album (and thirteenth effort overall including ten EPs), Microclimate, is Remiddi’s most expansive effort to date and arguably his most rewarding endeavor. The opener, “The […]

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Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

As we entered the Newport Blues Cafe after Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival, a three-piece rock band was tearing up the venue. Their rock ‘n roll was loud and blistering. After each of the four songs they would play, they finished with stoic, business-like expressions, acting like they’ve been here before and done it all. My friend asked […]

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Stef Chura – “Messes”

Stef Chura – “Messes”

When we listed Stef Chura an Artist to Watch in 2017, it was a recognition that the 28-year old was doing something others were not – she was reviving both the “girly sound” of alternative rock that Liz Phair ushered in well before Chura was conceived and the emphatic pop-rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Like Phair, Chura […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”

We need bands like Priests more than ever right now. It is the perfect time for some angry, politically charged punk rock, and Priests just released their first proper LP, Nothing Feels Natural. The Washington, D.C.-based four-piece released an EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, in 2014, so we’ve also been anticipating this record for a while. That […]

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PALM HONEY – “Tucked into the Electronic Wave”

PALM HONEY – “Tucked into the Electronic Wave”

For the better part of the year, PALM HONEY have been blowing our minds with their anthemic psychedelic rock. Consequently, they were one of our thirty Favorite Hidden Gems of 2016 and a popular choice to be the surprise breakout band from the UK, following in the footsteps of Wolf Alice, Black Honey, and fellow Reading mates Sundara Karma. The […]

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Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

One of the 2016’s EPs that we regretfully did not cover was Alex Lahey‘s debut EP, B-Grade University. Fortunately, awesome label Dead Oceans announced they had signed the twenty-something, Melbourne resident and were re-releasing the EP for North American audiences. As such, we are given a chance to make amends for our oversight. A favorite of the fantastic Aussie station […]

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Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Following the end of their Celebration Rock tour that finished in November 2013 and lasted 20 months spanning 40 countries, Japandroids stated they would be taking a well-deserved break. Since that message was shared, Brian King and David Prowse said very little publicly. There weren’t any hints nor rumors that they were working on new material. Then almost four years to the day […]

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Ty Segall – “Ty Segall”

Ty Segall – “Ty Segall”

The one-man music factory known as Ty Segall is back with yet another album. Fittingly, given his enormous discography that has spawned over 20 records in 9 years, solo album number ten is called Ty Segall. It is also the second eponymous-titled LP of the California garage rockers’ storied career. The first, released in 2008, was Segall introducing his frenetic […]

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Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness - Press Photo, Credit to Jonathan Bouknight

Julie Byrne – “Not Even Happiness”

New York’s Julie Byrne creates some of the most spellbinding folk music today. Her 2014 debut, Rooms With Walls and Windows, captured our attention with its stunning simplicity. Byrne now has followed that record with the enchanting Not Even Happiness, which builds on the beauty of her debut but offers a more expansive approach. The result is what we anticipate to […]

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Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

In an era where imitation has become the road to success, Rubblebucket have stayed true to their roots in making funkified indie-pop music through unconventional ways. They are part marching band, part pop collective, and part Afro-funk quintet. Through seven outputs (four albums and three EPs), one thing is clear about Rubblebucket’s music – they have an uncompromising purpose to […]

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