Indie Pop

Artist: 
Natalia Lafourcade
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment Mexico

Heavily played on the airwaves since its release, Hasta la Raíz is Natalia Lafourcade’s 5th full length album. She started out very young in 2002 and her work has been evolving and changing ever since. Her last album was a tribute album to a very famous Mexican singer-songwriter popular in the 40s and 50s, Agustin Lara. Her last album featuring original work was Hu Hu Hu, which came out in 2009.

Sounds Like: 
Leon Larregui
Sounds Like: 
Carla Morrison
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2015
Artist: 
American Wrestlers
Label: 
Fat Possum Records

From its ear-catching lyrics, drum machine beats, catchy piano riffs, and many layers, American Wrestlers was an unexpected delight. When I started reading up on American Wrestlers, I was a little shocked to find out that this is a solo project - and that the entire thing was recorded on an 8-track. Wild man! But the cracking and popping that comes from that makes this record even better. This was a one-room project, and there's something fantastic in that simplicity. Even still, I was surprised to find out how something so simple could sound so complicated.

Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn & John (Vocals)
Sounds Like: 
The Cure (guitars)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2015
Artist: 
Ghastly Menace
Label: 
The Record Machine

It may be the name of the band, but ghastly is a great adjective to describe this album. Songs of Ghastly Menace is a very chill, slow paced and sort of ambient indie pop; it was described as experimental, and I can get that vibe, but at like an AP Chem level of experimentation (if you catch my vibe). While there are some songs that are faster paced than others, the majority of the songs are well, ambient and ghostly.

Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2015
Artist: 
Go Wolf
Label: 
ooh la la

Go Wolf is a really cool sounding band that has this cool alternative vibe with a little bit of pop sprinkled in. The main vocalist is really talented and has a pretty nice range. Every song on the CD blends in really well with eachother but with their own distinct sound. The EP also has this sort of a synth pop to it.. Which makes it perfect for radio. I think and hope that Go Wolf has a much bigger future within the alternative genre. Really the only problem with this CD is how short it is.

Sounds Like: 
Phoenix
Sounds Like: 
PAWWS
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2015
Artist: 
Mini Mansions
Label: 
Fiction

The Mini Mansions album The Great Pretenders is one of the best albums that has been released in 2015. Yeah, that might a bold statement! But, if you like bands like MGMT, Tame Impala, Passion Pit or Empire Of The Sun you will probably agree that this is one of the best albums of 2015 so far. I say this because atleast to me their sound feels like a mix of all of those bands.

Sounds Like: 
Empire Of The Sun
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2015
Artist: 
Matthew E. White
Label: 
Domino Records

This is Matthew E. White's second full album. This album has a lot of gospel and R&B influence. This creates a great soulful indie rock record. This album has some great R&B sounding love songs. I love White's baritone voice over some pretty complex orchestral arrangements. There's some nice soulful horns and guitars in this album. Plus there is some great lyricism in this record. Definitely recommend giving this a listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Father John Misty
Sounds Like: 
Flight of the Conchords (but he's being serious)
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2015
Artist: 
Of Montreal
Label: 
Polyvinyl Records

After the much meeker album lousy with sylianbriar Of Montreal's thirteeth album, Aureate Gloom, has taken an interesting turn towards a brasher sound. Kevin Barnes spoke about the large 70s New York City influence on this album with artists like Patti Smith and Television. Lyrically Aureate Gloom is a lot more personal compared to the more spacey older album. With somewhat confessional lyrics it seems more real and intimate.

Sounds Like: 
Television
Sounds Like: 
Of Montreal (around Hissing Fauna time)
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Tropics
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

Rapture by Tropics is one helluva chill album. Being somewhat dreamy it just makes you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy some synthy vibes. As with most electronic songs the instrumentals range from fast paced percussion to slow and bass-y type sounds. The vocals are soft and smooth throughout the album. Bedroom pop comes to mind as I listen to this album, but of the electronic variety. If you don't pay attention (and it might happen with this whole dream-vibe) it's hard to notice when one song has ended and another has started.

Sounds Like: 
Little Dragon
Sounds Like: 
Bear In Heaven
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Young Buffalo
Label: 
Votiv Music

Young Buffalo has been around since 2009 even though this their debut album. They might be most known for going on tour with Arctic Monkeys and opening up for them. Their sound stays right around the line between indie pop and rock. This album is filled with good hooks, solid guitar and shimmering synths. This record is very pleasant and pop sounding. For me nothing really stood out to me about this album. If you are looking for a solid pop rock album with not a whole lot of distortion and fuzz I would definitely recommend it. I'm just really not feeling it. 

Sounds Like: 
The Shins
Sounds Like: 
Smallpools (vocally)
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2015
Artist: 
The Demigs
Label: 
I Love Math

This sampler from The Demigs' up-and-coming album, Welcome to Hard Times, showcases 5 songs the band has chosen from said up-and-coming album. Straight up, this is pretty standard indie rock/pop. It doesn't sound like other alt/indie rock, that's fairly produced and atmospheric sounding, but more like the stuff you'd hear coming out of 2010 (That's not a bad thing, by the way). The songs have some interesting guitar riffs, and sort of seem to sprawl in regards to influence; one song reminded me of The Beatles, while another Coldplay.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
Gorillaz (vocals)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2015