Artist: 
The Paranoyds
Label: 
Self-Released

“Eat Their Own” is the newest release by LA garage-rock outfit The Paranoyds. While only a brief fifteen minutes in runtime, each tracks provides a dense cacophony of fuzz and sensational hooks. The opening track “Pet Cemetery” is an atmospheric introduction to an album defined by its playful combination of humor and menace.

Sounds Like: 
The Cramps
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
Night Talks
Label: 
Independent

Soraya Sebghati, Jacob Butler (guitar), and brothers Josh (bass) and Cris (drums) Arteaga make up Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Night Talks. In Dreams kicked off with this tasty treat titled 4×4. It was a spectacular song which left me completely captivated.

Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Sounds Like: 
The Cardigans
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
SX
Label: 
Universal Music

Really slow electronic music... While I was listening to the album, I imagined a scene from a movie where the the main characters are sitting in a bar, conversing, and in this bar, there is  a woman off in the background singing--no one really listening. 

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
SZA
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2017
Artist: 
Jalen Santoy
Label: 
2016 Ventwood Entertainment / EMPIRE

Jalen Santoy’s debut album, Charlie Eastern includes 7 tracks that show us who he really is. The album features his hit track, “Foreplay” which samples the great oldie track, “Sunny” by Stanley Turrentine. This track struck me because I am a lover of oldies and he sampled the track in the most dope, jazzy way. This is also the only clean track off the album. Santoy does not feature any other vocals on the album except his own, but received help from various artists to create the beats and album.

Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Name: 
Alessandra Posada
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2017
Artist: 
Sin Fang
Label: 
Morr Music

I am very pleased with this album--it is really easy to listen to as its unique sounds not only keep you engaged but also relax your mind. I think the album name "Spaceland" is a good fit as the music makes you feel like you're floating around in a psychedelic space. I listened to the album while studying but I wouldn't say the songs are "background music"--they have more depth than that. They are soft, fluffy, with good lyrics and variation in the electronic composition.

Sounds Like: 
The Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Farao
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2017
Artist: 
Drive Me Home Please
Label: 
Self-Released

"Infinite Tsukuyomi" by Drive Me Home Please is a lo-fi, bedroom pop, sad sappy album great for anyone who wants to marinate in their own self loating. With lyrics such as, "I hate the fact that I can't eat breakfast right now because I feel like throwing up not for any reason in particular... But I'll force it down anyway," you have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate this album. I hesistate to say that anyone could enjoy this album, just because it's so miserable.

Sounds Like: 
Bedbug
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2017
Artist: 
Neutral Shirt
Label: 
Self-released

"2016" by Neutral Shirt is a great listen, especially if you're feeling a little sad and lonely. The songs embody a sweet sense of sadness and melancholy, while still being able to appreciate the beauty of life. All of the lyrics of simply poignant and hit all the right emotional notes. Neutral Shirt doesn't bring a new or interesting sound to the table, but they do bring a great execution of the sound they were going for. The vocalist sounds very similar to Diners, which is definitely a good thing.

Sounds Like: 
Dogbreth
Sounds Like: 
Radiator Hospital
Sounds Like: 
Diners
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2017
Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Xiu Xiu
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Xiu Xiu has always straddled the line between noise and pop. They've covered Nick Cave, Rihanna, and "Under Pressure" with Michael Gira (Swans). They've collaborated with Merzbow, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Beaches, Grouper, and more. They've done an album of Nina Simone covers and reinterpreted the Twin Peaks soundtrack. They've even composed songs with a Nintendo DS. If you're unfamiliar with their work, they basically do everything, they always make it sound like Xiu Xiu, and I find that admirable.

Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Dirty Beaches
Name: 
Andrew Boring.
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Zeal and Ardor
Label: 
MVKA Records

Zeal and Ardor has been described as slave folk metal, folk mixed with black metal, and more. I think the slave narrative mixed with black metal with rpm influences is more accurate. However you want to describe this album, it’s beautiful. A lot of metal albums aren’t beautiful, they’re brutal, rough, adrenaline kicking and more. But this is chilling and empowering. This metal blends so well with the folk that you almost forget that its two different genres. The rpm is not distracting or overpowering, it adds to the creepy yet intriguing beauty of this album.

Sounds Like: 
slave narratives mixed with black metal and folk
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
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