Indie Pop

Artist: 
Rochelle Gabrielle
Label: 
Self-Released

Rochelle Gabrielle is a Mesa, AZ native, with a sultry voice akin to Lana Del Rey's. Her music didn't so much remind me of Rey's (except for the vocals and some strings), but it did of various artists that I would hear in Forever 21- for example, Little Mix (but slower). Lots of slow, heavy beats and sweeping melodies; I would describe this as....alt-pop?

Sounds Like: 
Lana Del Rey
Sounds Like: 
Little Mix
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2015
Artist: 
Night Terrors of 1927
Label: 
Atlantic

Although it sounds like a lot of the stuff playing on the radio today (see: Imagine Dragons, and the like) Everything's Coming Up Roses a good album. I recognized the band name, Night Terrors of 1927, from the radio, satellite radio, and the internet, and decided, hey, let's give it a try. I enjoyed the slightly 80's vibe that the album featured, along with the vocals (which on some tracks sounded very Killers) and backing vox as well. 

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Imagine Dragons
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2015
Artist: 
Amason
Label: 
Fairfax

This album was a really nice listen, through and through. It took me back to several places- to when I first started listening to indie pop, to car rides full of ABBA and other hits from the 80's. Lots of good stuff is coming from Sweden right now, and this band (and album) is no exception. 

Sounds Like: 
Miike Snow
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
ABBA
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2015
Artist: 
Belle and Sebastian
Label: 
Matador Records

Whoa Belle and Sebastian! So you're probably thinking, "Aww yeah some good ol' classic, soothing, chill, indie pop that'll makes you wanna close your eyes and drift off into dreamland" right? Wrong! Wel.l not completely but I'll get to that.

Sounds Like: 
The Delgados
Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens (The slower tracks like "Perfect Couples"
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2015
Artist: 
Light Club
Label: 
Self-released

Self-described as "soulful indie pop," Light Club's debut EP is full of catchy songs and wistful lyrics. Gabe Mouer, who based his newest solo project Light Club in Oregon, has the ability to become as big as The 1975 based on the few songs I've heard from this record. I can see the opening track, "What We Found", garnering as much popularity as its contempory standouts in the same genre. It reminds me of recently popular indie pop tracks such as "Cardiac Arrest" by Bad Suns and "Girls" by The 1975.

Sounds Like: 
The 1975
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2015
Artist: 
Coasts
Label: 
Capitol Records

The first time I listened to this album, I thought it sounded a lot like Bad Suns. A further Google search of the band Coasts revealed that they are currently on tour with Bad Suns. Conclusion: if you like Bad Suns, you’ll probably also enjoy this album. That being said, this album is straight up indie-alt-pop. While the sound is decent, and well-produced, I wish there was something more that set it apart from every other indie-pop album out there.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Sounds Like: 
Bastille
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2015
Artist: 
Is Tropical
Label: 
Axis Mundi Records

This two-track single from Is Tropical is exactly what I would expect from a smaller indie pop group in 2014, which doesn't mean its a bad thing. "Crawl" is almost jazzy, with a really dirty beat, some experimental synth, and smooth female vocals. "On My Way" belongs on the soundtrack for Drive--kind of new wave, atmospheric, and dreamy. The collection is small but potent. It's brooding but not necessarily melancholy, technically proficient, and highly recommended.

Sounds Like: 
Lykke Li
Sounds Like: 
"Real Hero" by College
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2014
Artist: 
Frontier Ruckus
Label: 
Quite Scientific Records

Two thumbs up from DJ Kira Kat here! Michigan folk-rock band, Frontier Ruckus, has delivered us a dynamic album that is somehow both simple and exciting at the same time, and has the potential to compliment any alt or variety show that is looking for a unique musical experience. With its experimental melodies and compelling lyrics, Sitcom Afterlife is an incredibly strong, influential album. The record is mostly upbeat but seems to slow things down or turn things a bit darker at the perfect moments.

Sounds Like: 
GROUPLOVE, if lead singer Christian didn't scream as much and made softer music
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2014
Artist: 
Laura Welsh
Label: 
Island Records

For such an adorable, small woman, Laura Welsh has a powerful voice that will blow your mind. The talented singer/songwriter, who is mostly known for her featured vocals on Gorgon City's track, "Here For You," released this incredibly creative EP that utilizes complex sounds to complement her beautiful, booming voice. Each song is very slow, solumn, and carries a lot of heavy feelings that will leave you deep in thought for a while.

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Sounds Like: 
Florence + the Machine
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
11/24/2014
Artist: 
Elisa Ambrogio
Label: 
Drag City

The Immortalist is the album debut of Magik Markers' vocalist Elisa Ambrogio. On this CD you'll find a lot of variety: there are some sweeter, simpler pop tunes but also some darker, wandering, noisey gestures. Overall, I'd call this album weird (and not in a bad way.) If you've ever listened to Magik Markers, then you'll know what I mean, but I'll try to make it make sense.