Artist: 
ODESZA
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

“You know that story of the Russian cosmonaut?” a girl murmurs through a hazy sound. In this sample from Another Earth (2011), she goes on to explain that to avoid madness the cosmonaut must fall in love with a ticking sound coming from somewhere on his rocket. We hear the ticking too, and in a burst of sound it’s transformed into the tempo of the title track on A Moment Apart, ODESZA’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Early M83
Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Big Wild (Who is on their record label)
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Hippo Campus
Label: 
Grand Jury Music

I was introduced to Hippo Campus not too long ago by a close friend. The played "Little Grace", another one of the band's songs, and once I heard the first few milliseconds, I knew that this group would be my new musical obsession. And, after hearing "Baseball", I am not the least bit disappointed. 

Sounds Like: 
Oh Gravity
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Label: 
Ivy League Records

The album has a good compilation of a combination of catchy guitar riffs and drumming. Overall, it seems that the vocals are not the focus of the tracks--in some songs the singer sounds like a whispery Elvis. In contrast to the variation in the vocal's role, each track has beautifully mixed instrumentals that give the songs life.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Chastity Belt
Label: 
Hardly Art

I had a good time with Chastity Belt's second album, Time to Go Home, so when I saw that their newest album was up for grabs for reviewing, I picked it up hoping for another good time. And I have not been disappointed. Chastity Belt is back, and I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone shows the band's ability grow without changing their entire sound.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
The Soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola movie
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Cende
Label: 
Double Double Whammy

Cende's new album #1 Hit Single is full of energetic and a mixture of punk like pop songs. All the songs are shorter than the usual of around 3 minutes (the shortest song is 53 seconds) but the album is definitely worth the listen. "Bed" and "Don't Want To" are pretty energetic songs to listen to while "What I Want" is more on the slower side, yet Cende still keeps the upbeat flow in. I personally like "Void" and "While I'm Alive" the best.

Sounds Like: 
Dan The Man
Sounds Like: 
Wham!
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Fortune's Folly
Label: 
Independent Label

This album is like a mix of No Doubt and Fleetwood Mac. It has some rock cool guitar riffs and chord progressions throughout. The vocals are unique, they have a slight nasal whine. The lyrics of the songs are a bit tacky, but it adds to the tone of the song. It has a very punk, riot girl energy. One interesting part of this EP is that it was mixed and recorded at two different studios, and you can hear the difference this made in the recording of the album. The vocals from the second half are more subdued than the first. 

Sounds Like: 
No Doubt
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
The Breeders
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Label: 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

First and foremost, I love this album. Handful of Keys shows the evolution of jazz piano throughout the years. The album starts with a ragtime piece, Jingles and smoothly transitions to a big band piece, Temperance. One of the songs, Very Early features a pianist that is only thirteen years old. The musicians are very good, so the album can successfully sample so many subgenres of jazz. Overall, I really liked how the pianist in each song drove the melody, but didn’t take over the song.  

Sounds Like: 
Nicolas Payton
Sounds Like: 
Arturo Sandoval
Sounds Like: 
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Phantoms
Label: 
Outerloop Records

Review of "Screaming on the Inside" album by Phantoms

Sounds Like: 
The Used
Sounds Like: 
August Burns Red
Sounds Like: 
A Day To Remember
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
Artist: 
Harold Little
Label: 
Uniqek Records

Review of "Akoben" album from Harold Little

Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Sounds Like: 
Dizzy
Sounds Like: 
Trad Jazz Band Songs from our youth
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats