Indie Pop

Artist: 
Shearwater
Label: 
Sub Pop

If you are looking to play a song on your show that is just nice to listen to but nothing all that special play any song on Shearwater’s newest album Jet Plane and Oxbow. So now that you get that I don’t think it is that special ill explain why. My first reason why it is just a nice listen is that the album is very well produced and almost seems too clean to me but if you like that sound you do you. Another, thing that just made this a nice listen is that all of the songs kind of sounded the same to me.

Sounds Like: 
indie pop rock music, nice guitar riffs, good electronic beats in parts,cool drum beats
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
Artist: 
Skylar Gudasz
Label: 
Daniel 13

With Carpenters-like production sensibilities and melodic vocals, Oleander takes you down to the (upper south) with songs of almost crushes, "f' u" sentiment, and the sea. Skylar Gudasz hails from North Carolina, but the Southern influence is really only minimal, and she does a great job of mixing her influences; I picked up on some Carpenters, Big Star, and even vocals reminiscent of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett.

Sounds Like: 
Big Star
Sounds Like: 
The Carpenters
Sounds Like: 
A Fine Frenzy
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
Artist: 
Panic is Perfect
Label: 
Strange Loop

Panic is Perfect's second album, Cellspace, accurately surmises the current state of indie pop and exactly how 'plug and chug' it has become. The album, while aesthetically pleasing to both the eye and ear, is hardly remarkable. When listened to in its entirety, songs begin to blend, and its difficult to establish any sort of tangible creative flow ebbing through. That is not to say the album is without its hits: "Go Go Go" blends upbeat vocals and high energy rhythms to create a classic feel-good indie composure that's easy on the ears.

Sounds Like: 
Phoenix
Sounds Like: 
Grouplove
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
02/23/2016
Artist: 
The Fontaines
Label: 
Self-Released

Imagine you're starring in an indie rom-com taking place in Southern California; its the classic boy-meets-girl story, and you reach the point in the movie where you and your new beau are spending a whirlwind day at the Santa Monica Pier, a montage of cotton candy, amusement park rides, and the beach. The Fontaines are sort of that feeling - that rom com, doo-wop, fun and breezy feeling of new (and spoiled) love. Fontaines II offers up an infective blend of sunny, fresh indie pop tunes - as they call it, "New-Wop".

Sounds Like: 
She & Him
Sounds Like: 
the bird and the bee
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2016
Artist: 
Prettiots
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

The songs may not be the most unique or intricate, but the Prettiots sure know how to tell the truth in a fun, clever, light-hearted way, that left me and my friends saying "truuuueee" and "saaaamme" as each song played. The tracks are cute, short, and shift from ukulele to garage-y guitar effortlessly. The lyrics though, really stand out, and really make the songs. They're not layered in metaphors, too intricate or puzzling; their open, honest, frank, and describe the struggles of being young women in this year of 2016.

Sounds Like: 
Kate Nash
Sounds Like: 
The Tuts
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2016
Artist: 
Lemaitre
Label: 
Astralwerks Records

Lemaitre’s new EP, 1749, features some fun new pop-electronic jams for the airwaves. Using real instruments, not just synths, this electronic duo puts out five solid tracks for consumption. “Closer”, featuring Jennie A., is a clear standout on the EP, with a killer piano intro, some fun horn sounds throughout, and flowing vocals. The Norwegian duo has been working together for six years, and after touring the US and Europe in the first part of this year, they will be playing Coachella 2016!

Sounds Like: 
Toploader
Sounds Like: 
Misterwives
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2016
Artist: 
Hawai
Label: 
Big Deal Music

Okay you guys this is so so so so so so so good, I wasn't expecting much since I assumed they were self released, which they're not. IT IS SO GOOD. There is only three tracks but they are so high quality, The first song "Fault" is down tempo moody track about lost love, it sounds a lot like Two Door Cinema club, but I kind of love the acustic version better (The third track), It's extremely haunting and gives a whole new level to the lyrics. But my personal favorite on the track is numbah 2 "In My Head" and wow.

Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Sounds Like: 
Mark Fosters Goats In Tree Vocals
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
02/05/2016
Artist: 
The Spook School
Label: 
Fortuna Pop!

Try To Be Hopeful is the second album to be produced from Edinburgh based band after their debut album Dress Up hit the stage back in 2013. This second album is noticeably more bold and louder when compared to their first album and it is very satisfying to listen to. The band is heavily influenced by the queer punk scene and the tracks take influence from this and other themes such as sexuality and identity.  All the songs have a very fast and uplifting sound to them and I honestly really enjoyed listening to the album.

Sounds Like: 
Joanna Gruesome
Sounds Like: 
Martha
Name: 
Sebastian Machado
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2016
Artist: 
Lavers
Label: 
Self-Released

Lavers is a four-piece band from Canberra, Australia, and their album, Thought I Was a King offers an interesting blend of genres one wouldn't expect to find next to each other on an album. The 12-track album ventures from songs with Americana to New Wave influence, but somehow makes it all work. Tracks like Phoenix Rising sound reminiscent of Americana or Southern Gothic music (Australian Gothic? Actual Southern Gothic?), with blusey bass lines and soulful vocals. Other tracks take an acoustic route, often accompanied by some of the sweetest vocals.

Sounds Like: 
The Mowgli's
Sounds Like: 
The Kooks
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2016
Artist: 
BUHU
Label: 
FMF

Do you like 80's music with a modern twist? Then BUHU is for you! Relationshapes is a delightful blend of bright synths, steady beats, and the joking dramatic vocals that all comes together to create a fun, dance-able album. While the songs definitely sound 80's-inspired, the production saves them from sounding like they came from the 80's. Different songs reminded me of "Don't You Want Me Baby?", "Hey Mickey", and a whole slew of famous power ballads from the era. 

Sounds Like: 
Phoenix
Sounds Like: 
The Human League
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2016