New Wave

Artist: 
Mother Mother
Label: 
Universal Music Canada

This is the sixth album from these Canadian indie rockers. They have a pretty good following in Canada.  Someone described the band as "hip hop-influenced power ballads, as if Adam Lambert had joined the Dirty Projectors." I found this description to be pretty accurate. Their songs are pretty generic indie pop tracks with electronic beats.

Sounds Like: 
Said The Whale
Sounds Like: 
Arkells
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
La Femme
Label: 
Born Bad Records

The beats and sounds throughout the album sounded like the matrix or attempting to quickly leave a building with long halls and for some reason only taking the stairs. It features repetitive drums with some synths running over and under each song, that pulse and has a slight industrial feel to them.

Sounds Like: 
Lescop
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Cellars
Label: 
Manifesto Records

Playing Phases is a flashback to 80’s new wave synth pop with the synthesizer, artificial drum beats, and a distortion filter over the female singer’s voice. Some tracks are a little jarring with all of these electro sounds hitting your ears at once while more soothing songs, like “Still in Love”, are fairly balanced. Nevertheless, if I ever need an album to listen to while riding a spaceship through the Milky Way, this would be it due to its psychedelic, exciting, and hypnotic style. This hypnotism hit me as soon as the intro note to “Toys” played.

Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Sounds Like: 
Visage
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2016
Artist: 
Mexrrissey
Label: 
Nacional Records

In listening to Mexrrissey’s new album No Manchester, I discovered a lot about the connection that Mexican and Mexican American fans have to former Smiths front man, Morrissey. In fact they love him so much, that in towns like Boyle Heights they have Morriseyoke Nights (Morrissey Kareoke) and a festival inspired by his life. Mexrrissey has translated Morrissey’s best songs into Spanish and layered it with beautiful Latin beats. And I know what you’re thinking- Mexrrissey? Have no doubt, this album was crafted from a place of admiration and hard work.

Sounds Like: 
Morrissey
Sounds Like: 
Smiths
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2016
Artist: 
jennylee
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

Jenny Lee is best known for being the bassist for the band Warpaint, and boy does this record have some freaking dirty bass lines. After hearing the single "never" which I loved, and being a fan of Warpaint, I was definitely excited to hear the entire record. This album incorporates a lot of elements of post punk and new wave which remind me a lot of some of my favorite 80s bands like The Cure and New Order. Her vocals are very moody, dark and dreamy sounding. The song "long lonely winter" is definitely a stand out track for me.

Sounds Like: 
Warpaint
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2015
Artist: 
Glint
Label: 
Votiv

Glint's new EP, Extrovert, is a follow up (or at least I think it is supposed to be) of their album Introvert, which was released earlier this summer. Definite attention was paid and effort was put forth into this EP; each song intricately layers electronic beats with rock to form a cohesive elaboration on the traditional "alt-rock" sound. It sounds bright, as opposed to Introvert, which to me felt darker and moodier.

Sounds Like: 
Warpaint
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
TV on the Radio
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
11/13/2015
Artist: 
part time
Label: 
burger records

this burger records release is cool since it’s different than the label’s typical garage/surf rock genre. you can definitely hear the new wave, ‘80s influence in Part Time’s latest LP, Virgo’s Maze. i would recommend giving it a listen since it combines a bunch of different sounds, resulting in a unique final product. the album has 20 tracks total which is fairly tedious, but i think it works for them (**not that every track is a total banger tho). i’m not even sure what I would call this genre?

Sounds Like: 
new order
Sounds Like: 
together pangea
Sounds Like: 
cold cave (but more laid back)
Name: 
emily beiser
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2015
Artist: 
Strange Talk
Label: 
Wind Up Records

Reverting back to its beginning two members, the newly electronic duo Strange Talk is moving forward with their new EP, E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. The two Australian natives have already made a splash with their fairly successful album Cast Away. E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N, however, is a bit more mature, using less vocals and sounding a bit more like an normal EDM band. Although I wouldn't expect to hear any of these songs at a club or a party, there are a couple of notable drops in "Something's Bout To Change" and "Painted In Gold".

Sounds Like: 
Penguin Prison
Sounds Like: 
French Horn Rebellion
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2015
Artist: 
New Order
Label: 
Mute

New Order is anything but new, in fact they have been around for a while, but that isn't to say that they still don't got "it." With the new release of Music Complete, New Order brings a sense of the past with their 80s styled themes but take advantage of modern recording techniques and are equipped to keep their sound up to date. Most songs on this album are pretty decent in duration, all of them being at least five minutes or longer.

Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Sounds Like: 
Joy Division