Indie Pop

Artist: 
Lykke Li
Label: 
Atlantic

Lykke Li is insanely talented, creative, and beautiful. She can make really delicate love-torn pop songs (I Follow Rivers, Love out of Lust, I Know Places) or really sexually agressive pop songs (Get Some). No matter which way she goes on this album, each song is seriously solid gold.

Sounds Like: 
Bat for Lashes
Sounds Like: 
Robyn
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
03/17/2011
Artist: 
Dom
Label: 
Astralwerks

I was ready to write this band off as another hipster band loving triangles and thinking cats are the greatest things ever based on the album cover (by the way, cats suck. dogs 4lyfe)... anyways. I was really pleasantly surprised. It's just really easy, feel-good, blissed out surfy synthy pop music. There's nothing profound about it or really shockingly creative, but that's not the point. The point is to have fun and relax and this album is perfect for doing just that. It's a great spring/summer album, just the thing to play post-Spring Break to hold ya over until summer break.

Sounds Like: 
Smith Westerns
Sounds Like: 
Male Bonding
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
03/17/2011
Artist: 
Kitten
Label: 
The Control Group

I wish I was reviewing Free Kitten instead of this shit (seriously if you don't know that band check it out instead, ha). Another case of a female vocalist sounding like she's gargling balls. Really generic, bland, overdone, "indie" pop/rock, ugh. Like, gag me with a ball.

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Pomplamoose
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2011
Artist: 
Telekinesis
Label: 
Merge

Telekinesis is back with their second album, and man I have not been disappointed. To be honest, the second album to me is the defining moment in a bands "make it or break it status". Telekinesis passes. Their indie pop vocals is perfect for driving in a car with your windows rolled down. This is perfect for any indie show that wants to have a feel good opening or ending song. With a backdrop of bouncing drum beats and upbeat eclectic guitars, how would it not disappoint!But don't be fooled, the songs may be upbeat and bright but the lyrics don't always match their sound.

Sounds Like: 
Ra Ra Riot
Sounds Like: 
Tennis
Sounds Like: 
Harlem Shakes
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2011
Artist: 
The Salteens
Label: 
Boompa Productions ltd

Ok, I'll give it to you straight.  I've been on an Apples In Stereo kick for some time now, and I only picked these guys up because the album sticker said they sounded like them.  And they do.  And so, this CD has my 110% endorsement.  They're not as good, but exactly what were you expecting?  They're still pretty good, and they give off the same vibe that AinS do.  I've listened to this CD twice already, trying to pick out my favorite tracks.  The album doesn't stick to any particular feeling, but the overall tone is quite bouncy and happy.  Perfect

Sounds Like: 
Apples In Stereo
Sounds Like: 
New Pornographers
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2010
Artist: 
We Landed on the Moon!
Label: 
Self-released

We Landed on the Moon! is catchy, and as soon as their vocalist Melissa Eccles opened her mouth I was hooked into listening. The band combines heavy guitar chords and driving riffs with light, melodic vocals that pair together surprisingly well. They also break up the heaviness with a few mellow songs that have more intricate guitar riffs, like in "Boats", "No Show" and "Shapeshifter".

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
Ida Maria
Sounds Like: 
The Grates
Sounds Like: 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Name: 
Chelsy Nye
Date Reviewed: 
11/03/2010
Artist: 
Sufjan Stevens
Label: 
Asthmatic Kitty

So let me begin by saying that Sufjan fans might be a tad disappointed by his sudden shift in musical choice. Sufjan went from a fun loving indie pop singer creating albums about Chicago to orechestra remix on crack. However, as I listened to the album, I grew found of it. He still has a charm about him that others rarely hold onto after several studio albums. There is an innocence in his music that has always been ther. By the end of the album I was OK with the fact that Sufjan had completely juxtaposed his former self. Until 10 mins into the last song, when he decided to go autotune.

Sounds Like: 
Andrew Bird
Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
Joanna Newsom
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2010
Artist: 
Diamond Rings
Label: 
Secret City

Diamond Rings is Toronto-based indie pop. His voice is really reminiscent of Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, very low and almost emotionless, but it goes so well with his music and lyrics. Most of the songs feel a little repetitive though, the lyrics are really similar from track to track. But I really enjoyed this record overall.

Sounds Like: 
Cults
Sounds Like: 
Twin Shadow
Sounds Like: 
Glasser
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2010
Artist: 
Casiokids
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co

This is Norwegian band Casiokids' big attempt at trying to become known in the states. It might just be their native language, but I'm not a big fan of their vocals - they ruin the whole album for me. Nevertheless, their music is really fun and full of percussion. This is dance pop through and through.

Sounds Like: 
Shout Out Louds
Sounds Like: 
of Montreal
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2010
Artist: 
The Sexy Accident
Label: 
Jesse Kates/Halaster Music

The Sexy Accident is an Indie Pop band from Kansas City.  Coming from a place with a solid musical reputation, one would expect a better product than this.  This record lacks any sort of kick to it.  It's boring.  The music is dull, as the melody just never goes anywhere, maintaining it's mundane course of action.  I'm not crazy about the lead singer whatsoever.  He sounds like a guy that could sing at my church, but isn't really quite good enough for a solo.  With a little seasoning, perhaps this group can improve.  But I can comfortably say that the

Sounds Like: 
We Jump You Swim
Sounds Like: 
The Same Sky
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2010
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