Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
Daughter
Label: 
4AD

Not To Disappear is Daughter's follow up to their 2013 album, If You Leave, a indie folk album that picked up a lot of steam since it was released 3 years ago. Not to Disappear, however, departs from the indie folk, Bon Iver sounding acoustics of their first album and instead explores the spacey, atmospheric, and moody aspects of dream pop. What water was to Florence + the Machine's Ceremonials, space is to this album.

Sounds Like: 
Florence + the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Feist
Sounds Like: 
Coldplay's "Ghost Stories"
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/21/2016
Artist: 
Christine and The Queens
Label: 
Neon Gold, Atlantic Records, Because Music

The first full album by Chrisitne and The Queens where almost all of the songs either have most or all parts in French. These tracks are something one would listen to while in a coffee shop or while doing some romance (if you know what I mean). The song "iT" is very fun and upbeat with a good tune and is about transexuals (which is actually who her "Queens" are). I lowkey fell asleep listening to the last half of the CD, but this was because the songs are pretty soothing.

Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2015