Indie Pop

Artist: 
Various
Label: 
Topshelf Records

Topshelf Records is here with its 2014 label sampler, and with it comes a whole lotta sweet alt tunes. From emo-revival bands like Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) and The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, to more indie pop groups and solo artists like Wild Ones and Tancred, this sampler has 25 songs to please the alt music palate. 

Sounds Like: 
Topshelf Records
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2014
Artist: 
Rocket 3
Label: 
NONE

Rocket 3's sound is definitely appealing to teenage girls, which is weird because the band is 2/3 male and 3/3 middle-aged. If I were just looking at a picture of them, I would not have expected them to sound like La Sera and the Dum Dum Girls, but they do. They encapsulate that sound of a cutesy girl who just wants to hang out by the pool and soak up the rays while gossiping with her girlfriends about boys. This album is just the right combination of aggressive and poppy, with bouncy yet grungy chord progressions and alternatingly dark and bubbly female vocals.

Sounds Like: 
La Sera
Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2014
Artist: 
Stone Cold Fox
Label: 
Self-released

From the first note, I was intrigued by this album. The vocals and some of the guitars reminded me of the 1975, but Stone Cold Fox are definitely more like the cooler, wiser older brother to the 1975.

Sounds Like: 
The 1975
Sounds Like: 
The National
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2014
Artist: 
The Drums
Label: 
minor records

This album is classic drums, with simple but catchy riffs and that indie pop sparkle synth. The sound is somewhat of a culmination of everything drums without the edge of it all. Many of the songs are much longer than necessary, and sometimes drag on a bit. The first song off the album (Magic Mountain) is a great song to play live especially if you like the drums but not so much of the surf rock essence. However if that is what you are into I would check out the 4th song Kiss Me Again. Other Songs I would recommend are #7 Face of God for a good upbeat song.

Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Sounds Like: 
Beach Nothing
Sounds Like: 
Best Coast
Name: 
Tyler Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014
Artist: 
The Vaselines
Label: 
Rosary Records

So The Vaselines are still around and better than ever. V for Vaselines is their latest album and it seems like a lot of artists are making more upbeat albums these days, and this is no exception. V for Vaselines is definitely more up and louder than their previous album Sex With an X. If you've never heard of The Vaselines here's a little info about them. They really influenced Kurt Cobain (Even though their style is vastly different from Nirvana), and Nirvana did a few covers of their songs. They opened for a few Nirvana shows, and again they don't sound too much like them.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones, but less punk
Sounds Like: 
The Nerves, still less punk
Sounds Like: 
their not quite punk, but have punk roots ya dig?
Sounds Like: 
The New Pornographers
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2014
Artist: 
God Help The Girl
Label: 
Milan Records

This is the sound track from the indie movie god help the girl (which was pretty cute, kinda like if skins was a musical, it even has an actor from the original skins cast, but back to the album)
The album was written by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian, so if you're familiar with them you should get an idea as to what this sounds like already. Think 80s indie and classic pop. Since this is a movie soundtrack it also contains some spoken dialogue from the movie, so I'll spilt up the review by spoken parts, instrumental, and sings with lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Belle and Sebastian
Sounds Like: 
Allo Darlin'
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2014
Artist: 
The New Pornographers
Label: 
Matador

Does the sound of a fun, Canadian, indie pop band tickle your fancy? Well then you'll absoulutely love this new New Pornographers album. It's a very dance-y upbeat album, apart from the slower somewhat apocolyptic feel of Champions of Red Wine (Track 2), Drug Deal of the Heart (Track 7) and Spyder (Track 11). If you've heard of the Pornos before then you'll be glad to hear this album has kept true with their earlier styles, but is way better in quality and sound and everything really.

Sounds Like: 
A cheerier Fanfarlo
Sounds Like: 
A more upbeat Dodos
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2014
Artist: 
Modern Rivals
Label: 
Self-Realeased

This album is really good. It is not anything particularaly new or different but it has some nice rhythms and flow to it. I really think the vocals and instruments fit together well and it all just sonds really good. Most songs on this album are pretty mellow and a few are upbeat. The nice thing about this album is that each song is unique. None of them sound the same. I would recommend playing any of these songs on your show!

Sounds Like: 
Owl City
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Caitlin Brenton
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2014
Artist: 
HOLYCHILD
Label: 
Glassnote Records

This four-track EP from duo HOLYCHILD sounds eerily like Aqua, minus the eurotrance. Actually, it seems to just barely miss unfortunate categorization at every turn. It fully embraced the pop world, with feminist, empowering lyrics and synthy beats. However, it successfully avoids the Top 40 category by clever production and the occasionally grungy guitar, maintaining an indie quality with a delicate vibe.

Sounds Like: 
Sleeper Agent
Sounds Like: 
Charli XCX
Sounds Like: 
NONONO
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2014
Artist: 
Architecture In Helsinki
Label: 
Casual Workout

Here's Architecture In Helsinki's fifth album and it's definitely sounds more pop than their earlier albums. There's an interesting mix of sounds on this album. The album opens with "In the Future" (My favorite track on the album) which is very groovey for lack of a better word. There's also some electro pop sounds from "When You Walk in the Room" and Kellie Sutherland's nice vocals. There are a couple ballads on this album which aren't exactly the best, but if your really into ballads check out "April".

Sounds Like: 
The Naked And Famous
Sounds Like: 
Givers
Sounds Like: 
Yeasayer
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2014
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