electronic

Artist: 
Kasbo
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

"World Away" by Kasbo seems crafted for the festival circuit, with an earworm of a vocal sample that darts in and out of the beat, and a pulsing melody that builds and explodes, before diminishing and hitting a climax all over again.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2015
Artist: 
Richard Pinhas
Label: 
Cuneiform

Today is October 21, 2015. The very same as the famed day from Back to The Future, assuming that we would have self-tying shoes, hoverboards, and flying cars. The rerelease of Richard Pinhas' 1991 album Chronolyse somehow fits the mood of today. It is filled with ambient, spacey, and experiemental electronica. The tracks on the album interestingly all bear the same name, only difference being that they are each a different part; i.e.

Sounds Like: 
Brian Eno
Sounds Like: 
Heldon
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/21/2015
Artist: 
Strange Talk
Label: 
Wind Up Records

Reverting back to its beginning two members, the newly electronic duo Strange Talk is moving forward with their new EP, E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. The two Australian natives have already made a splash with their fairly successful album Cast Away. E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N, however, is a bit more mature, using less vocals and sounding a bit more like an normal EDM band. Although I wouldn't expect to hear any of these songs at a club or a party, there are a couple of notable drops in "Something's Bout To Change" and "Painted In Gold".

Sounds Like: 
Penguin Prison
Sounds Like: 
French Horn Rebellion
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2015
Artist: 
PHONAT
Label: 
OWSLA

“Fire” isn’t quite fire, but it still packs a punch. This mid-tempo electronic jam has a lot of jazzy deep house elements in it, especially during the verses, where the basslines are pretty tight. The chorus was nothing special to me and, in general, I felt the vocals were a little overpowering. I think this song would sound better remixed, but as a standalone song, it’s alright. 

Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Name: 
Matthew Scheurman
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2015
Artist: 
Made of Oak
Label: 
Partisan Records

Made of Oak is a side project of Nick Sanborn from Sylvan Esso, produced by Partisan Records. Pinebender makes no hesitation in jumping right into the beats, coming out with a deep bass drop and some supporting synths. At about 30 seconds in to the track a few more elements are added to provide a sense of depth and layers to the music. Throughout the song it goes through several levels of depth pulling in new sounds as the old ones fade out and coming back again.

Sounds Like: 
Sylvan Esso
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2015
Artist: 
E1SBAR
Label: 
Polar Vortex Records

This album puts you in a fantasy, possibly a super one if you try hard enough when you listen to this. Your typical pop-indie-electro sound that seems very popular in the modern indie genre is very evident in this piece of work. Punchy drums and a groovy baseline really keep this album feeling warm. In addition the soft distant vocals allow the songs to be mysterious as it follows a nice chord progression on the synthesizers. I have to throw this out there, but this isn't an exciting album, its for those who know how to relax, and ponder life on a nice long roadtrip.

Sounds Like: 
fun.
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn & Jojn
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2015
Artist: 
Hermitude
Label: 
Elefant Traks

Herimitude's newly released album Dark Night Sweet Light is a electronic, synth heavy, and bass booming piece of dynamic work. The opening tracks "Hijinx" and "Through the Roof" are examples of the different styles that Hermitude is able to pull off with ease. Hijinx relies on the simple snare beat and the synths to drive the rhythm, however gets more creative and experimental in the middle of song.

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Chet Faker
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2015
Artist: 
Gang Signs
Label: 
File Under: Music

Gang Signs is a strange mix of electronic, alt, goth, chillwave, and I'm sure something else. At points you listen to it and you say, yeah this is electronic totally, like in Stay Awake, but then at times things start getting spooky (for lack of a better word). Vocally it can get ominous and dark, but it sounds so good. It's almost October and that means Halloween and that means it's prime time to listen to this album. Geist is not upbeat and even if it may seem upbeat for evena second it goes back to that almost grundgey sound.

Sounds Like: 
Electronic+Goth
Sounds Like: 
Spooky stuff
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015
Artist: 
The Diet
Label: 
Merge Records

The Diet is the debut album of HeCTA, a side project of Kurt Wagner. Now first thing to be said, it sounds like most house music out there, however it is some pretty easy listening and sounds like it would be in the background of some kind of scene. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing, but it lacked a bit of the dynamism I was hoping for.

Sounds Like: 
Matthew Dear
Sounds Like: 
The Orb
Sounds Like: 
Trust
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2015
Artist: 
Cherry Bikini
Label: 
Self-produced

Every song starts with about 10-20 seconds of electronic synthesizer sounds. Then the female robot voice comes in and sings a verse, then the chorus. More electronic sounds. Second verse, chorus, chorus, chorus, chorus again, another round of the chorus, fade out. That's basically all the songs on this EP. Most of the lyrics are only intelligible if you press your ear to the speakers and concentrate on nothing but the words, which is quite difficult. Overall, it was an interesting sound, something I feel belongs in Wall-E.

Sounds Like: 
A robot singing
Sounds Like: 
Nothing I've ever heard before
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2015