Category: Albums

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

Dreams, so we’ve been told, only occur while we sleep in our bedrooms. For No Vacation, the bedroom is where everything started, and now they’re living their dreams. The guitar-pop quintet have in a short period achieved a cult status within the indie community, leading them to move from their hometown of San Francisco to the music mecca of Brooklyn. […]

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Bee Bee Sea – ‘Sonic Boomerang’ (album review)

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Sonic Boomerang’ (album review)

Beautiful, elegant, classic, and stylish are adjectives often associated with Italy. It is, after all, the birthplace of the Renaissance, which influenced much of modern-day philosophy, architecture, science, and the arts, as masters like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Galileo have forever been immortalized. Today, Italy will be linked with the word outrageous, the term psychedelic rock, and the name Bee […]

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Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Two Cartoons – ‘The Great British Hangover’ (EP review)

Laughter is the best medicine for everything, especially during these bizarre days. With the world resembling more like The Twilight Zone which makes Shortland Street seem sensible, these times scream for a Pavement or Stephen Malkmus revival. That doesn’t seem likely, so to whom do we turn to get a dose of fantasy, humor, and entertainment? Look to New Zealand, […]

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Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

Melanie Crew – ‘Midnight Sounds’ (EP review)

As the tinsel and trees start to emerge ahead of the holiday season, it’s refreshing to find something simple and authentic. Meet Melanie Crew. Pure voice, simple acoustic accompaniment, and slice-of-life lyrics. Recorded and produced at her home in London, her music is a testament to musical integrity. Melanie Crew released her third EP, Midnight Sounds, just a few weeks […]

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Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ (album review)

Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ (album review)

Phases by Angel Olsen Angel Olsen is one of the most compelling songwriters and performers in the world. Her lyrics can be heart-wrenching, surreal, or frantic, and her voice always suits her words. Whether it’s her frenetic screaming on “Shut Up Kiss Me” or the brooding “White Fire”, Olsen crafts her music perfectly, which is why it is a bit […]

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Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

Fever High – ‘FHNY’ (album review)

When a band gets Jeff Goldblum to do a cameo on one of their songs, they must have two qualities: a) creative minds, and b) a great sense of humor. Reni Lane and Anna Noreen of Fever High have both in spades. The Brooklyn-based duo are retro-fying synth-pop and New Wave to their early days while infusing some surprising elements. The result […]

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Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Holy Wars – ‘Mother Father’ (EP review)

Courage is often associated with physical strength and daring feats. It can, however, be displayed in many other ways, such as persevering through fear, danger, or difficulty, or revealing your naked self for the world to see, hear, and critique. For Kat Leon – née Katherine Pawlak – her courage is revealed on the debut EP from her new project, Holy […]

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Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

Lahayna – ‘Lahayna’ (album review)

It’s rare to find a band that hits its stride immediately, which is what Lahayna accomplished with their debut single, “In the City”, back in 2007, achieving UK music history by reaching #33 in the Official UK Singles Chart, despite being unsigned and with no radio airplay or industry support. The band’s bassist, Chris Church, explains: “We built a dedicated […]

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Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

Stillwave – ‘Sell Another Soul’ (album review)

What would be oblivion sound like should it ever occur? Would it be bold and beautiful, explosive and searing, or a brooding experience done in slow motion? It likely would be all of the above, and the soundtrack for this historical moment would be Stillwave‘s debut album, Sell Another Soul. The record encompasses the multiple facets of the long-time favorites […]

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Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Miya Folick – ‘Give It To Me’ (EP review)

Few artists today can consistently and simultaneously devastate and challenge listeners. These artists’ stories elicit such strong emotions that after the songs end you need to collect yourself. PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, TORRES, and Julien Baker are just some of the examples. Miya Folick is another one. While she has yet to achieve the fame of […]

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Tuvaband – ‘Mess’ (EP review)

Tuvaband – ‘Mess’ (EP review)

Jazz and blues are the ideal genres to enjoy with a glass of wine or smoky whiskey. They are genres that naturally calm the nerves and ease the soul. Every so often, however, a band within the indie scene arrives and challenges this perception of the perfect pairing. Challenge is probably the incorrect word but rather a band that expands […]

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Aural Air – ‘The Torpor of Minds’ (EP review)

Aural Air – ‘The Torpor of Minds’ (EP review)

Aural Air, a.k.a. Dublin-based singer-songwriter Laura Rai, is a recent arrival on the indie scene. Although she’s been playing music for several years, Laura has only recently started releasing it to the world and spent the past year playing a number of live shows while releasing a couple of well-received singles. Her debut EP, The Torpor of Minds, drops in […]

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Julien Baker's new album, Turn Out The Lights, comes out Oct. 27.

Julien Baker – ‘Turn out The Lights’ (album review)

The long-awaited sophomore album from Memphis, Tennessee’s Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights was released last week. It was long-awaited because her debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the best debut records in years. Sprained Ankle was full of heart-wrenching songwriting, from heartbreak to depressive thoughts, Baker’s music hits direct to the heart. It was such a strong release that […]

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Strange Hellos – ‘Chromatic’ (album review)

Strange Hellos – ‘Chromatic’ (album review)

Plenty of new bands arrive on the scene with the purpose of imitating one or two specific artists with the hope of finding immediate success. For Norwegian super-group, Strange Hellos, they choose not to be pigeonholed. Instead, Martin Skålnes (of O. Martin and Aurora), Birgitta Alida Hole (Lumikide), Fredrik Vogsborg (The Megaphonic Thrift and Casiokids), and Even Kjelby (Great News) […]

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Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

Masasolo – ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ (album review)

When Morten Søgaard introduced his new project Masasolo in early 2016 with their debut single, “Really Thought She Loved Me”, the immediate reaction was that Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker had suddenly decide to join Ruban Nielson’s outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The song was an eye-opening introduction to, what was at the time, the newest addition to Copenhagen’s fast-expanding indie scene. […]

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Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Destroyer – ‘ken’ (album review)

Canadian musician Dan Bejar makes lush, chameleonic art rock as Destroyer. On ken, his 12th album since forming Destroyer in 1995, Bejar pairs vintage elements with modern musings to create one of the year’s most enjoyable albums. Since Bejar is an artist with few peers, ken is an album with few, if any, rivals. There is no denying Bejar’s unique sound. No other modern […]

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Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Allen and Douglas – ‘Casino Games’ (album review)

Longevity is a rare commodity in the music industry. Bands come and go, artists pop up and disappear again with alarming frequency, so it’s a delight to find musicians who have been working together for most of their lives. For duo Allen and Douglas, their collaboration goes back to their teens, when “strumming, singing and writing away in old railway […]

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Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

Makthaverskan – ‘III’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Makthaverskan have exhilarated Swedish music fans with their fast and furious mix of post-punk and dark pop. Their first two albums, I and II, were underground hits with the latter putting the Gothenburg-based band on the global indie map. Their performance at SXSW in 2015 further catapulted them into the psyche of most taste makers and […]

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Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Boys’ (EP review)

Sweden for over five decades has produced some of world’s finest artists and bands, and we’re not talking about ABBA or Robyn. In particular, the Swedish music scene has experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the likes of Lykke Li, Jens Lekman, José González, Fever Ray, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tove Lo, and many […]

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Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

Bully – ‘Losing’ (album review)

In 2014, Bully, the project fronted by Alicia Bognanno, were voted Nashville’s Best Band, giving the “Nashville Sound” a different dynamic. Forget about country or Americana, Bully’s full-throttle grunge brought the noise, attitude, and brutally honest lyricism to Music City. Their excellent debut album, Feels Like, followed a year after and rekindled the angst and grit recalled in the songs […]

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