Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
Mood Robot
Label: 
Self-Released

Mood Robot’s newest release The Story We T

Sounds Like: 
Skylar Spence
Sounds Like: 
Moon Over Japan
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/21/2016
Artist: 
Sofie Winterson
Label: 
Magnetron Music

Sofie Winterson hails from Amsterdam, and is still fairly new on the music scene.
Her newest release, a three-song EP entitled KIDS, is pretty good. The songs
have a lot of synth-based layers of instrumentation, resulting in an ethereal vibe.
I think that it is good background music; I could see it playing in a hip coffee shop
or an overpriced boutique. Unfortunately, it's not anything I would crave to hear over and over

Sounds Like: 
Braids
Sounds Like: 
Inner Oceans
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2016
Artist: 
Lola Marsh
Label: 
Anova Productions Ltd.

Lola Marsh’s EP “You’re Mine” is a beautiful, open sounding collection of four songs. This due from Tel Aviv creates ethereal beats and soaring choruses that are truly wonderful. The title track, “You’re Mine” stands out immediately, but all of the tracks are very good. “Sirens” sounds like it could be in a western while the cowboys are riding off into the distance. This song was their first single, and it immediately caught listener’s attention and put them on the map.

Sounds Like: 
Givers