Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
The Mantles
Label: 
Slumberland

All Odds End is the third installation from The Mantles, an indie pop band based in San Francisco.  The album is reminsicient of a breezy fall afternoon, driving around in your car without any clear destination.  And then you suddenly decide to get on the freeway and drive until you reach your place of content.  At times the album is mellow, and sometimes it is so mellow that the songs seem to blend together into one long song, and the album kinda slows down. And then...the mellow continues!

Sounds Like: 
Thee Oh Sees
Sounds Like: 
Royal Baths
Sounds Like: 
Fungi Girls
Name: 
Sophia Mena
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015
Artist: 
JR JR
Label: 
Warner Bros.

This album is awesome. I had heard the single, Gone, off of this album a few weeks prior and loved it. This album definetly lived up to it's single. It's definetly a indie pop album. It kind of sounds as if you were to combine Sufjan Stephens vocals, with Imagine Dragons/American Authors insturmentals. It has the more upbeat pop songs like As Time Goes (Track 1) , Gone (Track 2)  and In The Middle (Track 4), as well as more ballads like Electrical Energy (Track 11) and James Dean (Track 8). The some James Dean, is surprisingly sad even with the vocals being autotuned.

Sounds Like: 
Imagine Dragons (I'd Bet My Life)
Sounds Like: 
Cayucus
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2015
Artist: 
Little Fevers
Label: 
Self-Released

Little Fevers is a virtually unknown indie pop-rock band comprised of two men and two women. The lead vocalist resembles that of the Aquadolls' and the album has a hint of surf-rock. But the overall sound is a lot slower and more relaxed than your average surf-rock; sort of a sit back and watch the clouds vibe. The lyrics are pretty simple and the songs have a general upbeat rythm. Field Trip is one of those albums that you can really pick any song at random and enjoy it about the same.

Sounds Like: 
Jungle Giants
Sounds Like: 
San Cisco
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2015
Artist: 
Young Empires
Label: 
Votiv

Young Empires is a trio of young musicians hailing from the magical land of Toronto, Canada. The band released their first EP Wake All My Youth about three years ago and now they are here with a full release that sounds well-refined and matured. The sound is best described as a cross of the complex guitar elements of Foals and similar lyrical style, meanwhile maintains a dance, pop-esque quality you might find from Passion Pit. Only difference is that Young Empires take a more serious approach and sound a bit less happy-go-lucky or move about moving your feet.

Sounds Like: 
Foals
Sounds Like: 
White Arrows
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
Artist: 
Never Shout Never
Label: 
Warner Bros
If you were a teenager before 2010, actively used myspace, and wore your heart on your sleeve, you know Christopher (now “Chris”) Drew and his musical project, Never Shout Never, all too well. Although he may still have those endearing, band-boy looks young girls absolutely adore, this isn’t the same band it was back in the early 2000’s. Just as the name “Never Shout Never” earned spaces between each word, the band has matured greatly -- and they’ve made a solid album to prove it.
 
Sounds Like: 
Old nevershoutnever, but way better
Sounds Like: 
The Ready Set
Sounds Like: 
eatmewhileimhot!
Sounds Like: 
The Maine
Sounds Like: 
A Rocket To The Moon
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015
Artist: 
Beirut
Label: 
4AD

Remember how Beirut's last album The Rip Tide was very indie pop and had that amazing brass heavy and popular song Santa Fe, well this new album No No No, is a bit different and I would say leans more towards a mellow folk sound. It seems very simple at times, but it's still really easy to get into. Zach Condon's vocals are still very much recognizable with his humming and , and so Beirut maintains their classic and soft sound.

Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
Andrew Bird
Sounds Like: 
Beirut
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015