Lo-Fi

Artist: 
Lane 8
Label: 
Anjunabeats

Lane 8 is an American DJ who just released his second album “Little by Little”. If you are looking for that Lo-Fi study vibe music this is definitely the album for you.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Name: 
Aubrie Buechting
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2018
Artist: 
American Pleasure Club
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

Teen Suicide may be under a new name, American Pleasure Club, but the band has reached a new high in my opinion. American Pleasure Club's "A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This" is a well put together album that still has such a variety of genres. I cannot emphasize how much I love this album! The album starts off with the acoustic, lo-fi song "florida (voicemail)". The song is delicate and true as you hear Sam Ray's quiet vocals over the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
Elvis Depressedly - Similar lo-fi and acoustic instrumentals
Sounds Like: 
Hovvdy - Acoustic and lo-fi again. Similar vocal style to Sam Ray
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/27/2018
Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

The first thing that hit me about Medasin’s new EP “Irene” is the heavy use of old-school synth tones that just hit you, and keep on hitting you throughout the tracklist. I’m no stranger to the magic of synthetic music that technology has so graciously delivered unto us, but there are so many independent mixers, djs, and artists out there trying to integrate it into their music that they either over-use it, hit their mark (in this case), or just come across as trying to replicate what’s already done and come across as derivative.

Sounds Like: 
joji
Sounds Like: 
nujabes
Sounds Like: 
tommpabeats
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean (sorta?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
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
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