Artist: 
Fits
Label: 
Father/Daughter Records

This new Fits album is a banger! All of the songs are less than 3 minutes, averaging around 2 minute songs which you might initially think “how are you supposed to fit dope music into a 2 minute song?” but Fits knows how to do it.  The album consists of lots of guitar and drums combining into various, original beats and sounds.

Sounds Like: 
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die
Sounds Like: 
Mom Jeans.
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
11/21/2017
Artist: 
Kelly Clarkson
Label: 
Atlantic Records

I'm going to start this review with a universal, basic truth: if you refuse to listen to textbook, chart-topping pop such as Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, or Carly Rae Jepsen out of some kind of misinformed hipster sense of superiority, you are deeply depriving yourself. Because this kind of music is awesome, and we are living in a great era for it. Despite the less than organic start to her musical career, Clarkson has spent a bit over a decade exploring various pop stylings and utilitizing her amazing voice on a myriad of different  records, some good, some terrible.

Sounds Like: 
Miley Cyrus, but like good Miley Cyrus when she does the "Jolene" cover
Sounds Like: 
Adele
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Kllo
Label: 
Ghostly International

Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, AKA Kllo, have come up with an album that is easy to listen to. Kaul's vocals are light and airy but are strong enough to send shivers down my spine. It sounds so effortless but it emits so much passion and feeling. Lam does an incredible job incorporating the instrumentals to give each track another element of depth. I would describe the tracks as quiet--that they require a close ear to truly appreciate and can be easily overlooked. However, when you do pay attention the music calms the heart but also evokes strong feelings of desire, loss and adventure.

Sounds Like: 
Years and Years
Sounds Like: 
Yumi Zouma
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Tourist
Label: 
Monday Records

On this EP, Tourist manages to use minimalism and layering to create tracks that sound surprisingly complex for the relative sparseness of each of the tracks. Each track is distinctly different, and has a different singer. However, they blend together wonderfully and the EP flows very well. Even though each track has complex layering and processing, they all come off as very simple and minimalistic, in a good way. The layering also allows each track to build up and crescendo as more parts are added, which makes them sound fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Jamie XX
Sounds Like: 
Bonobo
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Trenton P
Label: 
SoILLMusicGroup

I am not one who usually listens to rap, but the overall vibes from this album is...really really good. The rap is clear but also so skillful that I can appreciate the lyrics and the message as well as Trenton P's passion. I also appreciate that the songs that make up the album have a good beat and are also mixed beautifully so that the rap flows naturally with the musical components. He also has quite a few features on this album.

Sounds Like: 
B.O.B
Sounds Like: 
Macklemore
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Graham the Empire
Label: 
Self Released

I am pleasantly surprised with this album. I wasn't sure what to expect but if you appreciate rock even a bit, this is a pretty good album. It has classical elements of "true" rock with an interesting mix of electronic elements that give a degree of distortion to the music, which increases its level of "edginess." I definitely enjoyed the guitar the most in all the tracks and mixes well with the electronic components by playing with the distortion of the electric guitar and the sounds composed on the computer.

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
The Sherlocks
Label: 
None

This is a decently good British alt-pop rock, pseudoindie record. The genre has been done to death, but that doesn't mean good music in that vein can't still come out. All of the songs have a small garage rock vibe, the singer sounds like  a less pretentious Julian Casablancas. The Sherlocks sound very similar to early Arctic Monkeys, and they each come from roughly the same area of England. You can tell that this band would be awesome live in a small bar setting. This is simply anthemic indie rock reinvented for a new generation--an Is This It?

Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Sounds Like: 
The Fratellis
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Sufjan Stevens
Label: 
Asthmatic Kitty

“The Greatest Gift” is a mixtape album of outtakes, remixes, and demos from “Carrie & Lowell,” the famed album from 2015.

Sounds Like: 
Keaton Henson
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
John Maus
Label: 
Ribbon Music

At the center of John Maus’ 12 track experience entitled Screen Memories

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink (used to work alongside then they had a falling out)
Sounds Like: 
80's classic music
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2017