Lo-Fi

Artist: 
MonoNeon
Label: 
Mononeon

This single by MonoNeon has a lo-fi, Hawaiian-ish feel. The lyrics are pretty straightforward; women, water, and weed is all we need in life. This is also a really repetitive song with 3 lines of lyrics repeated in 3:16 minutes. There are some good guitar parts in the song, but this is more eccentric than what I listen to. I definitely get the high-experimental vibe from Women, Water, & Weed and it’s pretty funky. I wouldn’t really categorize this as jazz or world, but then again, I’m not really sure there is a certain genre that this really fits into.

Sounds Like: 
Louis Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Sharkey
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Reptaliens
Label: 
Captured Tracks

In their full-length debut studio album, FM-2030, Reptaliens combines lo-fi, groovy, and sci-fi all together to create a unique tone distinctly their own. This album has an overall unified psychedelic style with Bambi Browning's dreamy voice, synth riffs, and trippy ambiance backgrounds. There is a good range of beats that are featured in their debut album which adds nice variety. The song titles and lyrics are a little funky (satan, 666bus, stalkers, etc) but I think this adds to their eccentric spacey-feels, kind of like tripping.

Sounds Like: 
Cende
Sounds Like: 
Arbes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Maggie Rogers
Label: 
Universal Music Group

I want to start this out by saying I am usually very typical about the type of Lo-fi I like, but Maggie Rogers in her album "Now That The Light is Fading" blows me away. Her vocals are outstanding and it is overal very etheral and beautiful. The album starts out very strong with the song "Color Strong" and it never falls into mediocrity, each song is different but equally as great. I have just found one of my new favorite albums.

Sounds Like: 
Florence + The Machine
Sounds Like: 
A calmer Carly Rae
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
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: 
Thigh Master
Label: 
Bruit Direct Disques

When picking up Early Times by Thigh Master, I had no idea what it was going be other than on the cover from the record company that sent it to us said it sounded like Cloud Nothings. Well it didn’t sound like Cloud Nothings at all, like if you are going to compare them to a band at least get in the same ball park. If I were putting who they sounded like on the cover it would put something like Harlem or No Age. That doesn’t exactly pin them down but its close enough.

Sounds Like: 
Harlem
Sounds Like: 
No Age
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Ty Segall
Label: 
Drag City Records

Orange Color Queen is the newest single from prolific Garage Rock artist Ty Segall.

Sounds Like: 
Thee Oh Sees
Sounds Like: 
Fuzz
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
The Shacks
Label: 
Big Crown Records

The Shacks EP is a sweet collection of your typical bedroom pop songs. That isn't to say it isn't any good. It's just to say that there's nothing particularly interesting or special about the album. That being said, if there's anything interesting about the album, it'd be Shannon Wise's voice. It's that kind of sickingly-sweet whisper singing that some people really enjoy and others cannot stand. As I am of the latter group, I will try to put my own feelings about her voice aside.

Sounds Like: 
Max Shrager
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Turn Into, Jay Som's first full length album, is an immersive, multi-layered work that immerses the listener into a dreamy world. Each track flows into the next, allowing you to melt into the music. Each component of every track works together to create a cohesive sound. While the album has a great flow and cohesive sound, many of the tracks do maintain a sense of individuality. "Next To Me," has much more of a rock sound, with guitar and drum being heavily featured, while, "Drown," is noisy and distorted, giving the track a shoegaze-like feel. 

Sounds Like: 
Japanese Breakfast
Sounds Like: 
Acid Ghost
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Haley Blais
Label: 
Self Released

Haley Blais, an artist and hilarious youtuber, opens up her heart to release “Late Bloomer.” Haley’s voice is beautiful, it’s light, airy sounds contrasting with the uke add up to a indie, lo-fi sound

Sounds Like: 
The vocals of the Cranberries
Sounds Like: 
A slow tempo Lana Del Ray
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Saint Motel