Indie Pop

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 Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
BETS
Label: 
Self Released

When I saw this album presented at the meeting, I jumped at the chance to review something Violent Femmes related. As a long time Violent Femmes fan, I was excited to hear if a new artist could breathe some new life into these old classics. While BETS attempt to do so is obviously one out of love and respect of the Violent Femmes, I'd have to say her success was inconsistent from track to track. Musically, many of the Violent Femmes' songs are quite simple.

Sounds Like: 
The Shacks
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Spoon
Label: 
Matador Records

Spoon is back with the title track off their upcoming album Hot Thoughts and they are back on the legendary indie label Matador Records.  This single really has some dance grooves on it. It seems like whenever Spoon goes for a new sound they don't dissapoint. The beat and hook to this track are very catchy and it really makes me excited to hear the full length record, which will be out March 17th. 

Sounds Like: 
If a Maroon 5 song was actually good
Sounds Like: 
TV on the Radio
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
The xx
Label: 
Young Turks Recording

The xx are known for a slower, more guitar and bass driven vibe. In their new album, I See You, The xx take their well known genre of indie pop and modern r&b and incorporate all of the members best qualities into an album that is sure to draw you in. The album begis with a start like their other albums then begins to take on a more pop and electronic feel. Instead of a slower and more chill vibe, the new album has lots of opportunites to jam and get into the songs.

Sounds Like: 
Bombay Bicycle Club
Sounds Like: 
Caribou
Name: 
Chloe Raissen
Date Reviewed: 
01/19/2017
Artist: 
Forth Wanderers
Label: 
Father/Daughter

On their Slop EP, New Jersey-based indie pop outfit Forth Wanderers deliver some nice, catchy, downtempo music that's chock full of layered guitars and catchy melodies. The vocals on the album are really clear and well-produced, albeit they do often sound like typical female indie vocals. None of the songs on this EP are particularly exciting, or convey any sense of urgency, but they're all nice and fun and laid back. Most of the songs possess distorted rhythm guitars in the background, with a nice, clean guitar played overtop of it.

Sounds Like: 
Diet Cig
Sounds Like: 
Slothrust
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
12/14/2016
Artist: 
Elephant Revival
Label: 
Itz Evolving Records

This album is SO PRETTY. The vocals are goregeous and it's kind of a slow Lumineers sound, with similarities to Of Monsters and Men. The album is beautifully produced, and each of the songs are goregeous in their own way. The entire album I was shocked with how goregeous the vocals and vocals were. The songs are slower for the most part, with less focus on upbeat choirs. Track 4, On and On is slower but also has a beautiful chorus and is beautiful to listen to while studying, or trying to relax. This entire abum is beautiful, and its hard to go wrong with any of the tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters and Men
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Manatee Commune
Label: 
Bastard Jazz Recordings

Grant Eadie, better know as Manatee Commune is a very talented electronic artist out of Seatlle, Washington. His music is similar to Slow Magic and Giraffage because of its chill vibe, clean production, and pretty arpeggios and high plucks. This song in particular is Manatee Commune's remix of his own original where he brings out fellow Seatlle artist SOL to rap over a remixed version of his original track. This track has everything you'd want out of a chill vibed electronic song.

Sounds Like: 
Slow Magic
Sounds Like: 
Giraffe
Sounds Like: 
ODESZA
Name: 
Zack Estes
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016