Indie Pop

Artist: 
M. Maggie Miller
Label: 
All Love Records

M. Maggie Miller's Vienna Genesis was a really good album. All of the songs quite poppy and reminiscent of other artists I've reviewed in the past. The first song, "Fire on the Sun" sounded a lot like Lena Fayre with a few similarities to some of Lorde's Pure Heroine soundtracks. It was pretty simplistic and chanty but I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't rock out to it, because it was a lot more lowkey than most of the other songs. 

Sounds Like: 
Lena Fayre
Sounds Like: 
Zella Day
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2016
Artist: 
Auora
Label: 
Glassnote

Aurora stunned the world with her song featured on the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert, "Half the World Away", bringing nearly everyone who watched it to tears. Little did I know this was just a warm-up for her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, an album which expands the artist's scope and demonstrates her ability to create vast soundscapes.

Sounds Like: 
Florence + The Machine
Sounds Like: 
Imogen Heap
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2016
Artist: 
ASTRO
Label: 
Nacional Records

This album is one of the most cohesive and polished albums to come out of the Chilean indie pop scene in a while. It’s been a while since ASTRO, one of the original proponents of this indie pop movement, has put out an album (their last was released in 2012), but Chicos de la Luz was well worth the wait. This album is very synth-heavy, just like the previous two, but the band’s sound has developed a great deal and the melodies and lyrics are much more complex. The imagery and lyrical descriptions in the album are incredible.

Sounds Like: 
Alex Andwater
Sounds Like: 
Javiera Mena
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2016

iii

Artist: 
Miike Snow
Label: 
Atlantic Records

Miike Snow’s third album, iii, produces some radio hits and some duds. Miike Snow is a Swedish indie pop trio, and the three men are back with their third album. An immediate standout on the album is “Genghis Khan”, exemplifying the struggle of casually seeing someone, but not wanting them to be casually seeing anyone else. The song is top-40 ready, and packs a good punch- the synths and percussion are at their best on this song. Another well produced song on the album is “Back of the Car”, with a good beat and driving piano that keeps the song alive.

Sounds Like: 
Lemaitre
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2016
Artist: 
Opus Orange
Label: 
Emoto Music

Opus Orange has a put out a great album with Anatomic. The entire album has a very Phoenix/Passion Pit sound to it, blending together electronic and guitar sounds to create an even balance. Their lead singer has a voice that reminds me of Mark Foster from Foster the People, with the large range and crisp vocals. , Stylistically the songs also remind me of those by Foster the People, due to the vocals and the emphasis on the electronic backing.

Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
Phoenix
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2016
Artist: 
Walk The Moon
Label: 
RCA Records

Walk The Moon’s new live album, “You Are Not Alone (Live at the Greek)”, is one of the best live album’s I have ever heard. The four members of Walk The Moon, Nick, Kevin, Eli, and Sean, are such positive guys with positive messages and stories to tell. If you don’t look at the tracks as they are playing, it really makes you feel like you’re at the concert guessing which song they will play next.

Sounds Like: 
Walk The Moon (but live!)
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2016
Artist: 
Cub Sport
Label: 
Nettwerk

This Is Our Vice is Cub Sport's first full-length album, and I loved every minute. They're indie pop with emphasis on the pop, and they're catchy and clever and sure to impress. I think they sounded a little like Vance Joy and X-Ambassadors. 

Sounds Like: 
Vance Joy
Sounds Like: 
X-Ambassadors
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2016
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
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