sad

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: 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Label: 
Community Music Group LLC

Admittedly, I went into this not liking Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This album was surprisingly introspective and exploratory. The opener, "Hot Coals," slowly builds until finally reaching a pleasant dissonance at the end of the seven minute long song. Those wanting a "Home"esque singalong will find it in "No Love Like Yours." The sound on PersonA reflects a much more mature and composed band. The most interesting thing about ESatMZ is the size--it is a ten person group.

Sounds Like: 
Frightened Rabbit
Sounds Like: 
Sun Kil Moon
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2016
Artist: 
Jason Sees Band
Label: 
Jason Sees

Seattle, Washington-based musician Jason Sees pulled together a group of musicians to construct this album as a memory to his late wife, Zandy. Even if you go into this album without knowing the background, you can tell that these lyrics come from a place of deep pain, yet hopefulness. Sees’ raspy, whispery vocals glide through each song, a combination of pop and mellow. The result is calm, hopeful, soft, and serious. It’s a good album to commiserate with you, or to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sounds Like: 
The Hush Sound
Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith
Name: 
Kalli Wolf
Date Reviewed: 
03/04/2015
Artist: 
S
Label: 
Hardly Art

S is the solo project of musician Jenn Ghetto, who is probably most famous as a member of the band Carissa's Weird, the only band in existence to produce an album about breaking up as they were breaking up. The theme of breaking up is what unites everything that Jenn Ghetto has ever been a part of (probably even her Blink-182 cover project), but I think that this in itself is not a bad thing. Obviously it's a topic that is never ending, but also she does it SO WELL.

Sounds Like: 
Carissa's Weird
Sounds Like: 
Karen O
Sounds Like: 
Red House Painters
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2014
Artist: 
LQ Bucket
Label: 
NONE

Clocking in at a grand total of 11 minutes, The Long Loneliness by LQ Bucket is the longest, loneliest 11 minutes you'll spend all day. There is little if any information on LQ. He has a website with nothing but a bizarre claymation music video on it and the CD insert says he "lives in Hardin, Illinois; a small rover town surrounded by the Missippi and Illinois" and nothing else. The Long Loneliness certainly recrates the feeling of living in a small, forgotten town all by your lonesome.

Sounds Like: 
Jandek
Sounds Like: 
Smog/Bill Callahan
Sounds Like: 
Townes Van Zandt
Sounds Like: 
Michael Hurley
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2014
Artist: 
Gem Club
Label: 
Hardly Art

The Boston based trio Gem Club has been around since 2010 creating dreamy piano-centric music that has been featured in numerous popular TV shows, among other things. And for good reason. In Roses is an extremely emotional, beautiful and moving experience. For just under an hour, it transports you to a different world that almost feels as if you're in a sad film or televsion program. It moved me to tears; it made me feel sad, hopeful, happy, and thankful almost simultaneously. The