electronic

Dwntwn

Artist: 
Dwntwn
Label: 
Jullian Records

Short and sweet 5 song album from this synth-pop duo with beautiful usage of vocals, instruments (is that a banjo I hear??), and synths. Each song is unique and captivating in its own special way, which is sometimes difficult with this genre. Their songs are also not too long  to get bored and not too short to be left wanting more. This is a playlist I could imagine waking up to and starting my day off on a good note with uplifting beats and lyrics. Definitely music I’d listen to in the future. 

Sounds Like: 
Ghost Beach
Sounds Like: 
St. Lucia
Sounds Like: 
Van She
Sounds Like: 
Mr. Little Jeans
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014

Future Splendors

Artist: 
Brothertiger
Label: 
Mush

Another great album from Brothertiger, but nothing incredibly innovative or out there. They effectively create yet another playlist to chillax to the max to. Like most music from this genre, each song sounds more or less the same and works to create a fantastic mood for studying, hanging out in your room, or commuting to school/work. The album starts off slow and gets a increasingly more upbeat towards the middle, which serves as a nice progression. I think they had the perfect balance of ambient and upbeat songs.

Sounds Like: 
Summer Heart
Sounds Like: 
Blackbird Blackbird
Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014

Tremors

Artist: 
SOHN
Label: 
4AD

SOHN released Tremors just half a year after getting big at SXSW and soon after, signing with 4AD. It's exactly what the 2014 indie scene is going to be made of--ambient electro beats; clear, emotionally driven lyrics; and a stark rollercoaster of tempo change. There is a great focus on language in Tremors, as if the beats were just an afterthought to the poetry of the songs. In my opinion, "Artifice" is the sole knockout hit on the album. It's an anthem, with an afro vibe and a very powerful presence, that is sure to get SOHN a good amount of fame.

Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2014

Piñata

Artist: 
Tribu Ultravioleta
Label: 
Tribu Ultravioleta

So the CD label says the album is recommended if you listen to Neon Indian, Washed Out, and The xx. While I like all three of these bands and Tribu Ultravioleta’s music, I didn’t think his music sounded much like any of those three artists at all! It sounded more like downtempo lounge music with cool drums and Latin fusion. Something I’d imagine hearing in a funky, hip restaurant bar lounge thing. I also get a summer beach vibe (for some reason the title Piñata reminds me of pineapples and surfing idk). Either way, it’s the ultimate groovy chillout playlist.

Sounds Like: 
honestly anything lounge
Sounds Like: 
Surf Lounge (both the band and genre)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2014

May You Marry Rich

Artist: 
Colourmusic
Label: 
memphis industries

This album was overall really good in my opinion (although it's not my favorite kind of music, I appreciate the quality). What I really liked was the variety of the songs since each one was pretty distinguishable from the other while still maintaining the same connecting theme/sound. If you like really heavy, rocky electronic indie music, I highly recommend this. I actually liked it more the second time I listened to it. I didn’t like how it had a few cool sounding songs that were kind of long and repetitive (tracks 6/7/12) that dragged on.

Sounds Like: 
(disclaimer: i don't know too much about this kind of music and looked most of these up so idk??)
Sounds Like: 
The Joy Formidable
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth (electronic version maybe????)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2014

Now + 4eva

Artist: 
Architecture In Helsinki
Label: 
Casual Workout

Here's Architecture In Helsinki's fifth album and it's definitely sounds more pop than their earlier albums. There's an interesting mix of sounds on this album. The album opens with "In the Future" (My favorite track on the album) which is very groovey for lack of a better word. There's also some electro pop sounds from "When You Walk in the Room" and Kellie Sutherland's nice vocals. There are a couple ballads on this album which aren't exactly the best, but if your really into ballads check out "April".

Sounds Like: 
The Naked And Famous
Sounds Like: 
Givers
Sounds Like: 
Yeasayer
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014

Sweet Disarray

Artist: 
Dan Croll
Label: 
Capitol Records

Dan Croll's Sweet DIsarray is very much the type of album you'd expect from an indie artist today. The electronic sound and the upbeat music accompanied by somber lyrics are emblematic of that music scene today. That is not to say that this is not a good album. It is just a good album that is firmly planted in that genre.

Sounds Like: 
St. Lucia
Sounds Like: 
Robert Delong
Name: 
Max Rodriguez
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014

Singles

Artist: 
Future Islands
Label: 
4AD

So this album was totally not what I expected. The synth-y beats that open every song kinda set up their music for light and airy vocals, but that’s not exactly what happens. Honestly I never would have put together these specific vocals and background music, but oddly it ends up working. The lead singer’s voice kind of reminds me of a musky Elton John and that’s something I’d picture with typical rock music. But the interesting pairing of vocals with synth pop is definitely something new and unique that I personally haven’t really heard before.

Sounds Like: 
Moss of Aura (if purely instrumental)
Sounds Like: 
Twin Shadow (more with the vocals)
Sounds Like: 
Blood Orange
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014

St. Vincent

Artist: 
St. Vincent
Label: 
Republic Records

This album rocks, plain and simple.  St. Vincent's style is a mix of dance, electronic, pop, rock.  You will hear crisp and icy vocals surrounded by raw and infectious beats that will get your foot tapping fo sho.  There is a delicate balance between the fuzzy noise that accompanies the guitar(?) riffs, bass and whatnot, and the beautiful  and thought provoking lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
CocoRosie (kinda...)
Name: 
Nick Cotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2014

Blue Film