Indie Pop

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.

Sounds Like: 
The Casket Girls
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
Karen O
Sounds Like: 
Damon & Naomi
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2014
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