Indie Pop

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
Artist: 
Soren Bryce
Label: 
Washington Square Music (Razor & Tie Records)

Soren Bryce adds an edge to the traditional "indie/folk" genre. Her lyrics are pithy and biting, with just the right amount of oomph to resonate with listeners but still make them want to blast the songs on a girl's night car ride at midnight with the windows rolled down. Each song is fairly unique, carrying different acoustic-based melodies with myriad other instruments and Soren's gorgeously haunting voice.

Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Florence & The Machine
Sounds Like: 
Daughter
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2015
Artist: 
Atlas Genius
Label: 
Warner Bros Records

Inanimate Objects is the sophomore release of indie favorites Atlas Genius, and its essentially what fans have come to know and love about the band. Ever since their humble beginnings performing their only single "Trojans" live on SiriusXM AltNation, they have grown into a sound that is synth but never bubblegum, danceable but not without artistry. This album is much more mature than When It Was Now, but it almost sounds like it's trying hard to be.

Sounds Like: 
any other indie pop band with an album in 2015
Sounds Like: 
Walk The Moon
Sounds Like: 
Young The Giant
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2015
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