Category: Albums

Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

 Holy Golden have released a lot of great music this year. In February, they released the sublime LP Otherworld and in October they released an amazing EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. The duo of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti have been carefully crafting an image and sound that is distinctively their own, and Sleepwalkers is another peek into […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

 The project of Australian vocalist and bassist Harriette Pillbeam, Hatchie released her first EP, the dreamy Sugar & Spice this year. Laden with jangly guitar, amazing harmonies, and catchy vocals, the record is easily one of our favorite EPs of the year. It carries an intentional, nostalgic vibe that Hatchie describes as recreating the feelings felt falling in love […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

In an age where band names and artists’ pseudonyms are creative writing projects, few truly adopt names that fit their music. Margaux Sauvé, though, is the exception, as her project Ghostly Kisses perfectly defines her art. It is haunting but intimate, cinematic yet icy dark, spine-tingling and breathtaking. All these characterizations are captured on her sophomore EP, The City Holds […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

First Aid Kit released their stellar album Ruins in January. While recording, they had to cut a handful of songs from the record, as is all too common. Instead of throwing four of those tunes into the dustbin, Klara and Johanna Söderberg opted to release them as Tender Offerings, and they are some of the prettiest songs the sisters have […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

A Deeper Sea was a nice surprise from Everything Everything. The band released the EP specifically for the first track, “The Mariana” which the band shared “we felt inspired to write a new song dealing with male identity and depression.” The lyrics state “Someone has to be the man”. The track is simple yet profound and adds another reason to […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

 Let’s start out by saying that Everyone You Know are going to be huge! Sneaking slowly into the scene this year, brothers Rhys and Harvey have quietly been working on their live act, before dropping Cheer Up Charlie. Five tracks and two skits make up the Londoner’s excellent debut effort. Part electronic, part dance, part pop, part hip hop, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Moonlight Baby EP by The Dig Moonlight Baby was released this year by The Dig. The band is creating really catch indie rock with a bit of a psych flair. It was actually a hard decision of which EP to nominate, as they also released the EP Afternoon with Caroline which was part of their El Dig playlist of 2018 […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

In the increasing crowded space of downtempo, trip-hop, and, as we like to call it, post-rock indietronica with bands positioning to be the next Portishead, a little outfit from London has nudged itself to the top of the class. For nearly three years, Dahlia Sleeps have consistently left listeners in a state of cardiac arrest with their music. These experiences […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

boygenius by boygenius Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are undeniably three of the most exciting and talented young singer-songwriters of the decade. When news broke the three were working on a project together, it was impossible to not take note. The result of this collaboration is boygenius, which is undeniably one of the year’s best releases – EP […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Amasa Hines – ‘Ivory Living Glass’

Plenty of bands can make strong cases to being crowned the most criminally underrated group in music, but they would be hard-pressed to beat Amasa Hines‘ case. The Little Rock, Arkansas outfit have been redefining emotionally-charged and -powerful music since their formation at the turn of the decade. Their unique sound and approach have caught the attention of festival planners and […]

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Loyal Lobos – ‘The Fall’ (EP review)

Loyal Lobos – ‘The Fall’ (EP review)

More than two years, Andrea Silva introduced herself to the world with her stripped-back folk-rock approach. At the time, Silva performed alone and under her own name, which is understandable as she had barely set roots in Los Angeles. She, however, eventually found a backing band, who helped her evolve as an artist. Within a year, her music has become […]

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Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’ (EP review)

Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’ (EP review)

 What if classically trained violinist Margaux Sauvé opted to continue to pursue a career in classical music? Could she have performed with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal or possibly the New York Philharmonic? We may never know the answer because the Quebec City native chose a different path that steered her to the contemporary and the future. She chose to […]

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Native Sun – ‘Always Different, Always the Same’ (EP review)

Native Sun – ‘Always Different, Always the Same’ (EP review)

If more bands made unrelenting rock ‘n roll like New York City’s Native Sun, no one would be mentioning the genre as one being on its last legs. The quartet of Dany Gomez (vocals/guitar), Jake Pflum (lead guitar), Alexis Castro (drums), and Mo Martinez (bass) are throwbacks, as their music features one hyper-drive guitar riff and explosive rhythm after another. […]

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Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Linn Koch-Emmery – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Twelve years ago, Linn Koch-Emmery brought her first electric guitar and with it came visions of sharing her music with the rest of the world. Throughout high school and into her twenties, she played in a host of bands, but she found her voice and sound in 2016 when she went solo. Her debut single, “Come Back”, opened eyes while […]

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IAN SWEET – ‘Crush Crusher’ (album review)

IAN SWEET – ‘Crush Crusher’ (album review)

 Two years ago when IAN SWEET released their debut album, Shapeshifter, the band effortlessly moved from edgy rockers to lo-fi, blissful tunes. It showcased the then trio’s refusal to be pigeonholed into a specific genre, yet at the same time it revealed their continuing journey to define themselves. Since its release, IAN SWEET has once again become the solo […]

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Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ (EP review)

Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ (EP review)

 Following their phenomenal LP, Otherworld, Holy Golden have released an immersive, 7-track EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. For the uninitiated, Holy Golden is the combo of the ethereal voice of Leslie Schott and the immense, sharp guitar work of Andrew Valenti. They also radiate this carefully-crafted aesthetic between their music, videos, and photographs, and Sleepwalkers in the Milky […]

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Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have been partners in crime for over two decades. As young teenagers, they launched the band Little Red Rocket, which blossomed into Azure Ray. For nearly a decade, the two would become the standard to which all dream-pop would be compared. Following the release of the lovely As Above So Below EP in 2012, though, […]

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Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Eliza Shaddad – ‘Future’ (album review)

Future by Eliza Shaddad Nearly seven years ago, Eliza Shaddad introduced herself to the music world armed with just an acoustic guitar and a set of intimate songs. The woman with the Master’s in Philosophy was heading down the well-worn path traveled by hundreds of thousands before – trying to maneuver her way through the swell of similar, folk-driven singer-songwriters. […]

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Miya Folick – ‘Premonitions’ (album review)

Miya Folick – ‘Premonitions’ (album review)

 Stardom has been in Miya Folick‘s future since she released her debut single, “Talking With Strangers”, which revealed her awe-striking, wide-ranging vocals and poignant and gut-wrenching songwriting. Over the past three years through the release of more than dozen singles and two outstanding EPs – 2015’s Strange Darling and 2017’s Give It To Me, which was one of last […]

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Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

Jo Marches – ‘Day In Day Out’ (EP review)

 In the three short years since Johanneke Kranendonk unveiled her project Jo Marches, she has proven to be unpredictable. At one moment, she weaves a synth-driven, disco-punk tune that echoes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She then quickly she spins a psychedelic-pop trip a la Tame Impala. Suddenly, she concocts an industrial-driven, krautrock-infused number. One trait, however, is common to […]

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