Indie Pop

Artist: 
The Aces
Label: 
Red Bull Records

Alt Indie Pop, all-girl band, The Aces, are out with their new album “When My Heart Felt Volcanic” and it is great! I highly recommend.  This Utah originated band totally evades the cliché stigma of an all-female pop band and create a cool, calm, collected and strong image of the band. The music is the type that can relax you but also jam out to while getting ready to go somewhere. You can’t help but at least sway a bit when you listen to it. I love everything about it: the beat, the bass, but especially the guitar and vocals!

Sounds Like: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Superorganism
Label: 
Domino Recording Co Ltd

Superorganism's self-titled album is a beautiful mixture of synth, chill beats, and fun vocals from the 17-year-old lead singer, Orono Noguchi. The album doesn't stray too far from the indie pyschedlic pop principles, making the album something easy to listen to. However, you most likely won't feel like you found a revolutionary band but that's okay! I think "Superorganism" can appeal to a lot of people because of its natural charm and typical sounds.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - psychedelic pop, nonchalant vocals that you can find in a Tame Impala song
Sounds Like: 
MGMT - earlier albums and more indie pop than MGMT but still fun to listen to like MGMT
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

27-year-old, singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer, Hayley Kiyoko is out with her debut album “Expectations”, released on March 30, and IT IS PERFECT.  You may know her as Stevie from the Disney channel show Wizards of Waverly Place, Stella from the Disney channel original movie Lemonade Mouth, or Velma from the live-action Scooby Doo movie. Well now she’s all grown up and blonde! I was already a big fan of hers before I knew she was coming out with an album.

Sounds Like: 
Halsey
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
The Aces
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2018
Artist: 
Kate Nash
Label: 
Girl Gang Records

If you’ve been following Kate Nash for a while (like I have), you’ll probably have a good idea of how her music has changed since she hit the charts with “Foundations” back in 2007. Indeed, her last effort – 2013’s Girl Talk – was almost a complete departure from her earlier work, an album with heavy punk and riot grrrl influences that sounded quite different from the cutesy, piano-based songs of her debut, Made of Bricks.

Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls but poppier
Sounds Like: 
HAIM
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2018
Artist: 
The Aces
Label: 
Red Bull Records

If you know me, you know I love Indie Pop. You also know that I love supporting talented women in music.

Sounds Like: 
The 1975
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
MUNA
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
03/14/2018
Artist: 
Strange Names
Label: 
Frenchkiss Records

So, as track one says, this album is from the perspective of aliens collecting, data, hence the title, that said, the album pulls qualities from surf and 80's J-Pop to create a darn good album.

The album is mildly experimental in some of the racks and fails to perform on one or two songs that sound more like overloaded gifs than a genuine attempt at music, but even that goes away and hits a hummer with the right mindset.

Sounds Like: 
Turnover
Sounds Like: 
Kobayashi Izumi
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Hurry
Label: 
Lame-O Records

The band Hurry has just come out with their 4th studio album which is titled Every Little Thought. This band of three pride themselves on being a part of the indie pop movement. Don’t let the word “pop” fool you though, they are still your classic indie band, but they do have a little pop undertone that I think flows perfectly though out this unique album. Without further to do, let’s discuss this albums strengths and weaknesses.

 

Sounds Like: 
Guided By Voices
Sounds Like: 
Yo La Tengo
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Louis The Child and Whethan
Label: 
Louis the Child and Whethan

The Honey EP, a collaboration between Louis the Child and Whethan is super sweet. The EP has six tracks- all completely instrumental. Billboard described them as ‘zippery’ and I think that is pretty accurate. All of the songs are very feel-good, but not in a cheesy way. The bass is not house, but the songs are not super crazy club-like either. They are perfect for anytime honestly. I never really could get into EDM without lyrics, but this stuff I can jam to. My favorites would be “Chop it Up” and “Drip Drip”. These two are funky.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
NGHTMRE
Sounds Like: 
Vanic
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2018
Artist: 
De Lux
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

The tracks on this album definitely do not disappoint in the upbeat, twirl around your room while you listen to them department. The beats are easy to bop around to, and very catchy, and are coupled by synth elements that are very fun to listen to. The lyrics about love are relatable, funny, and very memorable. The disco-esque tracks are modernized, and the entire album definitely merits the label of "groovy." The record is everything you could want in an album titled "More Disco Songs About Love."

Sounds Like: 
Portugal. The Man
Sounds Like: 
Holy Ghost!
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2018
Artist: 
Omni
Label: 
Trouble in Mind

This album is angular as fuck. And I know it's really, really cliché to describe music as "angular", but if there's an album in recent memory that deserves that label, it's this one.

Sounds Like: 
Devo
Sounds Like: 
Wire
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
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