Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
Half Shy
Label: 
Self Released

This album is a sad-song coleslaw--perfect to listen to when you wish to marinate in your thoughts and reminisce about the past. It's not tear-jerking sad, but a kind of heavy-heart sad song. The most appealing thing about this album is the strong and non-embellished vocals of  Karen Harvey. Harvey has a very soothing voice and it fits very well with the message she conveys with each track. Each song tells a story, and her vocals are so pure that it sounds as if you are hearing her performing live in a little park. Overall, the album has a very unique sound.

Sounds Like: 
Bat For Lashes
Sounds Like: 
Young Galaxy
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Stars
Label: 
Last Gang Records Inc.

This album is a banger. the Canadian bad, Stars stretch hushed electro-pop into scrambling electric rock, almost if it blends the Smiths’ guitar romance with bedroom vibel like the product of some some of Tame Imapala's work. "There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light" definitely finds the band with their feet on the streets and their heads scraping the sky, just where they should be. Campbell gets a requisite U2-style burner on “Alone,” and it’s pretty glorious.

Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters & Men
Sounds Like: 
Sugar Candy Mountain
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017
Artist: 
Coast Modern
Label: 
300 Entertainment / +1 Records

Coast Modern is American duo Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp’s self-titled debut album after having released several noted singles such as Hollow Life (2015) and Animals (2016). All of the tracks and their singles leading up to Coast Modern consist of funky, psychedelic-like California vibes, which really defines their style. This 18-track album is sure to satisfy all listeners as it showcases their wide range of styles and beats. Overall would recommend to any alt-pop enthusiast or anyone interested in some modern hip-hop influenced electro-indie rock.

Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2017
Artist: 
Hippo Campus
Label: 
Grand Jury Music

Sounds Like: 
Old Phoenix
Sounds Like: 
Old Imagine Dragons
Sounds Like: 
New Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2017
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