Category: Albums

Many Voices Speak – ‘Tank Town’ (album review)

Many Voices Speak – ‘Tank Town’ (album review)

Tank Town by Many Voices Speak When Matilda Mård released “Video Child” nearly two years ago under the moniker Many Voices Speak, the song marked the triumphant return of a woman and singer-songwriter who at one point lost her confidence and almost quit music entirely. After years of toiling in Stockholm’s music scene and with little success, Mård moved to Borlänge […]

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Rubblebucket – ‘Sun Machine’ (album review)

Rubblebucket – ‘Sun Machine’ (album review)

When Kalmia Traver (vocals/saxophone) and Alex Toth (vocals/trumpet) founded Rubblebucket eleven years ago, they completely re-wrote the music playbook. They did everything from mixing funk, jazz, and pop to putting the marching band on the concert stage. During their time together, they forged life-long relationships with band mates Adam Dotson (trombone/backing vocals/flute/keyboards) and Ian Hersey (guitar/backing vocals) and between themselves. […]

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Steady Holiday – ‘Nobody’s Watching’ (album review)

Steady Holiday – ‘Nobody’s Watching’ (album review)

Nobody’s Watching by Steady Holiday There are songwriters, and then there are imaginative storytellers like Dre Babinski, who is the mastermind behind Steady Holiday. She simultaneously shocked and awed on her 2016 debut album, Under the Influence, and its follow-up, 2017’s Terror EP. Despite one of the most tender voices in the business, her combination of spine-tingling atmospheres and vivid lyricism […]

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Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (album review)

Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (album review)

Slow Air by Still Corners Through three albums spanning more than a decade, producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray have turned their project Still Corners into a mini-cult. Lush soundscapes, dreamy tones, and heavenly vocals have characterized every full-length, extended player, and single. They, in other words, are masters of making listeners feel like they’re traveling alone on an […]

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YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ (EP review)

After releasing their debut single “Ignorance“, YONAKA immediately entrenched themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands. Like Wolf Alice, INHEAVEN, and Black Honey before them, the quartet of Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys), and Robert Mason (drums) were reviving the lost of art of edgy, seismic indie alternative-rock. Following the release of their […]

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Mitski’s complex yet compact ‘Be the Cowboy’ (album review)

Mitski’s complex yet compact ‘Be the Cowboy’ (album review)

Whether it is sitting behind the piano, ratcheting a distorted electric guitar, or scratching a synthesizer, Mitski Miyawaki – or simply Mitski – has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to make personal vulnerability sound bold and, thus, something to not fear. Instead, as she showed on Puberty 2, she wore it like a badge of honor, revealing to the world she […]

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The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’ (album review)

The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’ (album review)

 For the past three years, The Beths gradually established themselves as one of new bastions of New Zealand guitar-pop, standing alongside rising artists likes Fazerdaze and Kane Strang. Like their fellow Kiwis, it was only a matter of time before a top-flight indie label signed them, which occurred when Carpark Records got Elizabeth Stokes (guitar/vocals), Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), Benjamin […]

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Astronauts, etc. – ‘Living in Symbol’ (album review)

Astronauts, etc. – ‘Living in Symbol’ (album review)

Living In Symbol by Astronauts, etc. More than six years ago, Anthony Ferraro, under the name Astronauts, etc., casually and with little fanfare released “Mystery Colors”, which became one of 2012’s surprise hit. He followed that up with a few more singles, including one of the decade’s most outstanding tracks, “Coldboy”. For the long-time keyboardist of Toro y Moi, whose […]

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Phantastic Ferniture’s coming-of-age self-titled LP (album review)

Phantastic Ferniture’s coming-of-age self-titled LP (album review)

Phantastic Ferniture by Phantastic Ferniture Before Julia Jacklin became one of Australia’s biggest singer-songwriters and released one of the decade’s preeminent indie-folk / alt-country records with Don’t Let the Kids Win, she fine-tuned her craft on a little band called Phantastic Ferniture. For a couple of years, they were best-kept secret in the Blue Mountains, where only those really tuned […]

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Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

Valley Queen – ‘Supergiant’ (album review)

It wasn’t long ago – about two decades – when the southern US was the place to find the hottest, upcoming indie band. From Louisville to Athens, Georgia to Austin, outfits such as My Morning Jacket, Drive-by Truckers, Okkervil River, and Shearwater were transforming rock ‘n roll. Or more accurately, they were re-defining southern rock, bringing the music of Lynyrd […]

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BODEGA – ‘Endless Scroll’ (album review)

BODEGA – ‘Endless Scroll’ (album review)

Endless Scroll by BODEGA If Seth MacFarlane collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to create a lo-fi, post-punk rock album, what would it sound like? If we had to make a guess, it would resemble Endless Scroll, which is BODEGA‘s incredibly witty, intelligent, and amusing debut album. Packed with 14 songs with only two exceeding the three-minute mark, the […]

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Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

Odina – ‘Nothing Makes Sense’ (EP review)

In March 2017, we proclaimed that Spanish singer-songwriter Odina was “(o)ne of the more remarkable, young talents to arrive on the indie scene in the past twelve months”. She has just released the stunning single, “Why’d You Make Me Cry”, which exhibited Odina’s maturity and imaginative storytelling. Major music sites and taste-makers, such as Clash, NYLON, and The Line of Best Fit, […]

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Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’ (EP review)

Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’ (EP review)

 Approximately a year ago, Sam Valdez quietly launched her career, introducing herself with two dazzling singles – “Hours” and “Don’t Want To Be Yours Anymore”. Comparisons to Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs, and Hope Sandoval were inevitable and unsurprising since they are three of her influences. She is not, however, an imitator nor a follower, but rather she […]

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Wildhart – ‘Caught In A Fisheye’ (EP review)

Wildhart – ‘Caught In A Fisheye’ (EP review)

 Two years ago, Swedish alt-pop outfit Wildhart released their debut EP, the aptly titled EP1, which was a dreamy and stirring effort. Now reduced from a trio to just Ylva Holmdahl (vocals) and Kiwi Berg (synthesizers), the duo have transformed themselves. As oppose to the ethereal and cosmic nature of their first record, Caught In A Fisheye is the end […]

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First Impressions: Jim James – ‘Uniform Distortion’

First Impressions: Jim James – ‘Uniform Distortion’

Jim James is undoubtedly one of music’s most influential, innovative, and unpredictable individuals. As the front man of My Morning Jacket, he’s transformed the Louisville outfit from a southern-rock band to an indescribable tour-de-force. He’s produced some of the great albums of the decade, such as Basia Bulat’s Good Advice and Ray LaMontagne’s Ouroboros. Then there is his tireless work […]

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The Response – ‘Little Worlds EP’ (premiere)

The Response – ‘Little Worlds EP’ (premiere)

A career that spans six years and includes three albums, a handful of EPs, and a cult following in New Zealand and Canada, The Response are the best trans-Pacific band you’ve likely never heard. That is until now. Just like their personal lives that took them from Christchurch to Vancouver and back, Andy (vocals/guitars/loops) and Vic Knopp (vocals/glockenspiel/bass/synth/drums) have never […]

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Jesse Jo Stark – ‘Dandelion’ (EP review)

Jesse Jo Stark – ‘Dandelion’ (EP review)

Jesse Jo Stark‘s life since her infancy. Her parents are the founders of high-end fashion and furniture brand Chrome Hearts, whose clients included bands like the Sex Pistols and Hollywood film studios. Her godmother is none other than Cher, and she grew up in a household where music was as much a part of the family’s life as were costume […]

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Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’ (EP review)

Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’ (EP review)

Nightgown by Why Bonnie Austin is the epicenter of many things. Food trucks and trailer food, Tex Mex, and, of course, it’s the heart of the world’s indie music scene. From mega festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits to producing artists like Spoon, The Black Angels, Shakey Graves, Shearwater, and Explosions in the Sky not to mention legends Willie […]

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Eldoradio – ‘Cult’ (EP review)

Eldoradio – ‘Cult’ (EP review)

 Sweden has developed a reputation as a pop music factory. Actually, it has earned that with ABBA, Roxette, The Cardigans, Robyn, Lykke Li, and Tove Lo becoming global sensations. The well runs really deep, though, with Amason, Miike Snow, Shout Out Louds, and Little Dragon selling out venues across the world. The land of the Tre Kronor, however, does […]

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Therese Lithner’s self-titled debut EP (review)

Therese Lithner’s self-titled debut EP (review)

 Predicting stardom for any artist, especially an independent one that shies away from the mainstream and Top-40 templates, is an inexact science to say the least. Some will excel despite the odds, and others will hover below the radar in the pursuit of advancing their craft. One thing, however, is certain. These artists, such as Therese Lithner, will touch […]

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