lo fi

Artist: 
High Sunn
Label: 
PNKSLM

Justin Cheromiah, aka High Sunn, released Missed Connections, his debut album after releasing much of his catalog on Bandcamp.

Sounds Like: 
American Pleasure Club FKA Teen Suicide
Sounds Like: 
Surf Curse
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2018
Artist: 
Japandroids
Label: 
Anti-

The Japandroids third album and newest release Near To The Wild Heart Of Life is the Japandroids first album in five years. Coming into the new year, there were two albums that I had been waiting for and couldn’t wait for: the new LCD Sounds System album and the new Japandroids album. The new LCD Soundsystem album is still not out but the Japandroids album is.

Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings (But not as good)
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Spencer Radcliffe
Label: 
Run for Cover

Spencer Radcliffe's looking in is certainly something I've never heard before. This guy uses a whole lot of instruments. While at times I found it very distracting I also just think that it is his way of creating his own sound. I think that the guy has a good voice and is really talented with the guitar. Sometimes I felt that it was drowned out by everything else that was going on. Although it is distracting I wanted to listen more because of how interesting it is. Once again, something that I have never heard before so I would reccomend giving it a listen. 

Sounds Like: 
The Microphones
Sounds Like: 
Elvis Depressedly
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
The Shocking Pinks
Label: 
A Low Hum

This is the type of album I would play if I were throwing a low-key grungey dance party. Hence, the name of this Shocking Pinks’ album “Dance the Dance Electric”. This is the kind of album where you can be sitting on a beanbag in a basement, nodding your head along to the beat, or standing in the middle of the room, shuffling around. There is also a smidgen of psychedelic-esque aura to the sound, as well. Some of the songs are purely instrumental, like “Peaceout” and “Mirror”. There is also a noticeable presence of bass.

Sounds Like: 
!!! (a more mellowed out, garage-y version)
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2015
Artist: 
Step-Panther
Label: 
HUB

This is the second album done by Step-Panther, a group of three from Sydney. I wouldn't call this album strange at all, but it is certainly nice. I honestly rather like every track off this album. It's a nice blend of garage, pop, and contemporary alt-rock that kept my foot tappin' and my head boppin'. Or bangin'. Both are equally as good. Lots of major entities that evaluate music, like Rolling Stone, say similar things: that Step-Panther is still scrappy and esoteric, but that their sound has progressed a lot and in the best way.

Sounds Like: 
Alex G
Sounds Like: 
Deaf Wish
Sounds Like: 
Tijuana Panthers
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2015
Artist: 
Kurt Vile
Label: 
Matador Records

Genuine indie rock dad Kurt Vile does it again with his 6th album, B'lieve I'm Goin Down... It captures Vile's chacateristic authenticity and shy boy persona that made the world fall in love with him. However, it can't quite compare to his earlier albums, as Vile trades in psychedelic guitar swells for banjo riffs and acoustic musings. Vile slows this album down to really show the depths of his musical maturity, and the result is honeslty beautiful.

Sounds Like: 
War on Drugs
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
Artist: 
La Luz
Label: 
Hardly Art

Surf rock babes La Luz are at it again with Weirdo Shrine. Their sophomore album was produced by Ty Segall so of course it is much fuzzier than their debut album but it still bleeds those classic surf rock sounds that the band is known for. However, don't let the bright guitars and dreamy female vocals fool you--these girls are deep and dark and seriously existential.

Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls
Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2015
Artist: 
Criminal Hygiene
Label: 
Small Smile Records

Criminal Hygiene is a self-proclaimed Americana band, which I can totally see but in more of a Wilco sense than a Springsteen one. They fuse classic, punchy, alt country riffs and rough vocals with a lot of metallic, surfy melodies, shoe gazey distortion and a lo fi production style. I'm not very well-versed on the Americana scene but I'm sure this is nothing new. Even so, it sounds good. If you're into either of those bands, you'll probably like this.

Sounds Like: 
Together Pangea
Sounds Like: 
Twin Peaks
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2014

DSU

Artist: 
Alex G
Label: 
Lucky Number Music

Alex G has been lurking around the internet for a few years, putting some stuff on bandcamp, getting the occassional review in a decent music blog. Ultimately, he's just a 21 year old dude making bedroom pop in Philly with his shitty recording equipment. I wasn't very impressed with DSU, mostly because it's all over the place. It starts with an interesting assortment of electronic sounds but quickly transitions into indie rock with dreamy vocals and basic instrumentation. Then it turns into an ode to Modest Mouse.

Sounds Like: 
Youth Lagoon, just because it's essentially bedroom pop
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse a little bit. It's really hard to classify this album as anything or even sounding like anything
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2014
Artist: 
Wand
Label: 
Drag City

Wand has been touring across the states with Ty Segall and riding high on great reviews of their debut album, Ganglion Reef. This album really is brilliant, but it's all the over the place. When the band isn't throwing heavy guitar riffs and simple but loud drum beats in your face, they show off their softer psychedelic side, with muted vocals redolent of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and sparkly guitar melodies. One track can go from sounding like a less-catchy Ty Segall circa 2010 to sounding like Tame Impala.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2014
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