Indie Pop

Artist: 
Royal Canoe
Label: 
Nevado Records

Royal Canoe is a Canadian alternative ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have had a few EPs and previously released Today We're Believers making this their second full-fledged album. Something Lost Between Here and the Orbit is a unique jam, not sure how to describe it as it has a mix of musical influence. The band isn't afraid to use unique, different musical instruments/sounds, but oddly it works out for their own cool charm and style. The album starts off with a house, off beat jam with cheery-candid vocals and some neat percussion.

Sounds Like: 
Beck
Sounds Like: 
Paper Lions
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Doomed To Bloom
Label: 
self-released

1995 is a short EP by Phoenix-based musician Doomed To Bloom. It consists of two original songs, one cover of a Taylor Swift song, and two alternate, synth-based versions of the original songs. The release is fairly straightforward indie pop and musically it consists of densely layered guitar, synthesizer, and drum tracks underneath mellow lyrics. I enjoy the vocal delivery on the album and the lyrics are surprisingly good for a self-released EP. My one largest complaint with the release is that I think some of it is poorly mixed, most noticably on the song Yr Landslide.

Sounds Like: 
Taylor Swift
Sounds Like: 
Teen Suicide
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Trashcan Sinatras
Label: 
VICTOR

This album is one of the best I have heard. I definetly enjoined all the songs! The music gets stuck in your head--but not the bad kind of stuck in your head, more like humming the tunes, bobbing your head to the drums or plucking your air guitar while strolling down the street kind of stuck in your head. The music is nice and smoothing with a bit of cosmic flare-- something nice to play while studying  or have running in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Sounds Like: 
Boston
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2016
Artist: 
The Mowgli's
Label: 
Photo Finish Records

The Mowgli’s have released three new tracks leading up to their album release on September 30th.

Sounds Like: 
Grouplove
Sounds Like: 
Misterwives
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2016
Artist: 
Diners
Label: 
Asian Man Records

Diner’s two new songs “Fifteen on a Skateboard” and “Plastic Cactus” are exactly what you expect to hear from Diners. Although that can kind of sound like a bad thing it really isn’t. Well, at least to me it isn’t. What I mean is that if you like Diners you will at a minimum think these songs are decent, which is exactly what I thought when listening to it. The first song “Fifteen on a Skateboard” is one of the weaker Diner tracks that I have heard.

Sounds Like: 
The Walters
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Glass Animals
Label: 
Caroline Records

I fell in love with Glass Animals when they came out with their first album Zaba. Their sound is quite literally gooey on their first album. However, this one evolves their sound in the best way possible. The beats make you want to bob and gyrate along with the rhythm, and the melodies make these songs absolute earworms. They stay true to their style with distorted and layered vocals, and catchy hooks. Unfortunately this copy of How to Be a Human Being is not clean, and so some of the best songs cannot be played due to FCC violations.

Sounds Like: 
Alt-J
Sounds Like: 
Chet Faker
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Hurry
Label: 
Lame-O Records

Guided Meditation is the 3rd EP from Philadelphia based power-pop band Hurry. The album lives up to it’s name, all the songs on this EP are incredibly zen like and relaxing.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Early Weezer (Kinda)
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2016

Hum

Artist: 
Eerie Wanda
Label: 
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

When picking up this album, I thought it would be some weird, creepy-sounding music, given the band's name, but Hum is anything but dark. Eerie Wanda's lead vocalist, Marina Tadic, has such a sweet, near-ethereal and enchanting voice that suits this album perfectly. Just her voice alone makes me want to fall in love with her; she could soothe me to sleep. This is a release full of chill-vibes and fun melodies; versatile and perfect for a myraid of listening opportunities: romantic date night, lounging around, to hanging out on a sunny day at the park.

Sounds Like: 
Lionlimb
Sounds Like: 
Santa Fe
Name: 
Sean Li Wong
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2016
Artist: 
La Sera
Label: 
Polyvinyl

I first listened to this album while hammocking outside on my front porch and it is just perfect for that. Katy Goodman's Music For Listening To Music To is the first of her four EPs to feature male vocalist and bassist, Todd Wisenbaker (Katy Goodman's husband!). Wisenbaker's appearance allows for some of the songs to become awesome, sweet duets, while still emulating the classic summer beach vibe that the past La Sera releases have.

Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls
Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Name: 
Sean Li Wong
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2016