Indie Pop

Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse

As a budding metal-head, there's nothing I appreciate more than a female lead vocalist that screams like the best of them. Not only does Amalie Bruun (lead singer, lead... well, everything except drums, Myrkur is a one-woman project, which is incredible) manage that throughout Myrkur's new album, "Mareridt", she has also managed to capture an atmosphere in this black metal album that skirts the edge of Viking metal. 

Sounds Like: 
Wolves In The Throneroom
Sounds Like: 
Primordial
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
alt-J
Label: 
Infectious Music Ltd.

Surprisingly more tropical and funk-based than most alt-J songs, "In Cold Blood" gives off "(c)ool summer, summer vibes." Nevertheless, this is probably the most refreshing single from alt-J in awhile. Rather than resort to the same style of song that inspired the viral video, "How to Make an Alt-J Song," the members have given us starving alt-J fans an exciting folktronica song that we can jam to. The song's keyboard is retro and the trumpets give the song a flavor of funk that I was genuinenly surprised to hear.

Sounds Like: 
Milky Chance - Similar style of vocals and bits of electronic added
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club - Summery and positive sounds like TWDCC
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017

II

Artist: 
The Courtneys
Label: 
Flying Nun Records

The Courtneys are a trio from Vancouver, and the first non-Kiwi band signed to New Zealand-based Flying Nun Records, famously home to The Clean and other bands of The Dunedin Sound. I'll get this out of the way: this is one of my favorite albums this year. It's an unassuming album, there isn't necessarily anything new that's being done on II that you haven't heard before, yet the album has a way of sinking it's hooks into you.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Nun Records
Sounds Like: 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Sounds Like: 
The Clean
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Diet Cig
Label: 
FrenchKiss Records

Diet Cig, a fun, energetic duo have just released their first full length album, Swear I’m Good at This.

Sounds Like: 
PWR BTTM
Sounds Like: 
The Front Bottoms
Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Misterwives
Label: 
Photo Finish Records

Misterwives has released two singles from their upcoming album "Connect the Dots" and I am obsessed!! If you have ever listened to Misterwives before, you know their music is fun and dance-y, and just an all around good time. The first two singles from their sophomore album, "Machine" and "Oh Love", are just that, but pack a bigger punch. These songs are edgy and show Misterwives moving forward to an evolved sound from their first record.

Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
Matt and Kim
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Label: 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has recently released a new album with the title of The Tourist. This album accentuates some shrill vocals and catchy baselines. While the consistent upbeat and rhythm of the album places The Tourist into a sort of pop-like classification, there are certain tones and stylings that also converge upon an indy rock style. This album provides a unique look at the more angsty side of pop rock.

Sounds Like: 
STRFKR
Sounds Like: 
Wolf Parade
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Label: 
ADA

After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song. 

Sounds Like: 
Pixies
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

I was really hyped to listen to this full length record after listening to all three singles 'The Bus Song',' 1 Billion Dogs' and 'Baybee ' which were all great.  Her last record Turn Into was also really good.  She has toured with bands like Mitski and Japanese Breakfast. Not only does she have good dreamy tracks in the record but there are also some really good straight up rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
ALex G
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Dude York
Label: 
Hardly Art

The Seattle based trio, Dude York, is an alternative teen pop band. Their newest release Sincerely, touches on themes of anxiety and losing perspective.

Sounds Like: 
Diet Cig
Sounds Like: 
So So Glos
Name: 
Javi Per