alt folk

Artist: 
Gianna Adams
Label: 
Self-Released

Gianna Adams is back with her latest album, I Don't Know EP. "Fallen" was a great choice to begin the album, it is groovy with a sweet mixture of the Adams' vocals. "No Hero" was my favorite song of the album, it was a 180 degree turn from the previous song but it was definitely empowering with the slow, jazzy feel that you don't need no hero to get back up. "Shut Up!" is an experimental but upbeat, sassy song.

Sounds Like: 
Avril Lavigne (older songs)
Sounds Like: 
Tori Kelly
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Quiet Hounds
Label: 
Self-Released

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this album to review, but I was pleasantly surprised upon listening. Characteristics of Living Things is a solid indie folk album with some beautifully arranged songs that any fan of the Lumineers would appreciate. Quiet Hounds have succeeded in making an indie folk album that doesn't sound too entirely depressing or wintry - as a matter of fact, Characteristics of Living Things has several songs that make you want to dance and welcome spring and summer with wide open arms.

Sounds Like: 
The Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
Artist: 
Cate Le Bon
Label: 
Drag City

Cate Le Bon is a Welsh singer-songwriter but now resides in Los Angeles. This is her fourth record and the follow up to her very well received record Mug Muesem, which included an apperance from Perfume Genius. Her voice is beautiful yet haunting at the same time. Her music has influences coming from 60s pop and 80s post punk. It definitely has pretty chill psychedelic vibe. For sure give this a listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Nico
Sounds Like: 
Julia Holter
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2016
Artist: 
Beirut
Label: 
4AD

Remember how Beirut's last album The Rip Tide was very indie pop and had that amazing brass heavy and popular song Santa Fe, well this new album No No No, is a bit different and I would say leans more towards a mellow folk sound. It seems very simple at times, but it's still really easy to get into. Zach Condon's vocals are still very much recognizable with his humming and , and so Beirut maintains their classic and soft sound.

Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
Andrew Bird
Sounds Like: 
Beirut
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015
Artist: 
John Dennis
Label: 
Rainfeather Records

Looks are 1,000% decieving, because John Dennis looks like he's a fifteen year old wannabe, but he sounds like if a shitty David Bowie fell from space (and lesbihonest, even a shitty Bowie is still pretty freakin' amazing) and decided that indie-country-folk was his new focus. This is not a wholly acoustic album, and the sound is consistent throughout. He has an interesting fusion of Bowie's voice, Bob Dylan's guitar, and Johnny Cash's vibe. It's so weird, but it works so well. Eternity's tree is just lovely. I rather enjoyed it.

Sounds Like: 
If a shitty David Bowie fell from space and produced indie alt country
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
09/16/2015
Artist: 
Montropo
Label: 
Planetary

This album sounds a lot like folky singer song writer with a strong gutair presence. Some of the songs are even instrumentals or have very little singing. None of these songs are too upbeat but they aren't too slow either. My favorite song off the album was track 7 "All Grown Up." This song has really good lyric and a great gutair part, it is very chill and I think it is the best song off the album. 

Sounds Like: 
The Kinks
Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Name: 
Caitlin Brenton
Date Reviewed: 
05/05/2015
Artist: 
Cosmo Sheldrake
Label: 
Transgressive

This is one of the most strikingly different albums I've listened to this year. I had to listen to it at least five times before finding any words that could somewhat describe it. Every song is catchy, but almost in the way that jump-rope or nursery rhymes are catchy. It's like Cosmo Sheldrake has access to these primitive sounds that are somewhere deep inside of us, but then he takes these familiar sounds and morphs them into something modern, sometimes other-worldly. There's something familiar in the sounds, maybe something even hymnal, but so different at the same time.

Sounds Like: 
alt-J
Sounds Like: 
Devendra Banhart
Name: 
MTucker
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015
Artist: 
Highland Brothers Band
Label: 
Highland Brothers Band

The Highland Brothers Band is something that I would not normally listen to. With that being said, they were alright. I am not well versed in terms of country music, but this wasn't terrible. The guitar and drums were a-typical light country rock while the vocals were surprising clean and soft. As the name suggests two brothers - Justin and David are sharing the vocals and guitars with each other. The combination of the two is surprising nice. I would have liked to have seen the two brothers without the bassist and drummer, creating a duo band.

Sounds Like: 
The Black Crows
Sounds Like: 
The Lumineers
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2015
Artist: 
Current Swell
Label: 
Nettwerk Records

This was a pretty good album. Very chill, nice to listen to while falling asleep. The website deleted my other review and I can't remember what it said, so here's some nonsense about the album. It was very solid overall. Started out good, and stayed pretty consistent until the very end, unlike some albums that drop off in quality. I was really happy with this one. It's a mix of a lot of genres. It's alt, but some songs sound more like folk, and the sticker on the cover says that the band "can really rock", which I may have to disagree with based on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Sons
Sounds Like: 
Coldplay but folk?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2015
Artist: 
Dean Blunt
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

This was definitely not black metal. Looks can be deceiving, and this one was not what I expected. But it wasn't bad. It was calming and sounded a lot like country and folky stuff. Some songs were like 8 minutes long and could have easily been cut down to normal song length. I don't really know how to describe this album. It was something entirely different and strange.

Sounds Like: 
A really deep voice and weird music
Sounds Like: 
Avicii (the background music sometimes)
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/24/2014
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