New Wave

Artist: 
Franz Ferdinand
Label: 
Domino

After a five year gap filled with inter-band collaborations, everyone’s favorite Glaswegian rock band is back, and boy oh boy is their return a welcome one. Paraphrasing Alternative Music Director Andrew Boring – Franz Ferdinand is a band that sounds the same on every album, but that also makes every album sound different. I wholeheartedly agree, and Always Ascending is no different.

Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire
Sounds Like: 
Muse (a lá The 2nd Law)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2018
Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
bitbird

With his latest EP, San Holo asks listeners if they would like to take a trip with him. Where exactly? Not sure. That part is in the eyes, or ears, of the beholder. San Holo tries to create a mellowness in each song's sound, which works very well for the most part (and is aided by having all of the song titles in lowercase). However, there are some elements in the songs that end up clashing with the melodic tunes.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
The M Machine
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Des Demonas
Label: 
In The Red Records

When Des Demonas's self-titled album was presented at one of KAMP's meetings, I knew I had to get my hands on this CD as soon as Andrew said the album was reminiscent to Talking Heads. Since I am a big Talking Heads fan, I had to see if this was a modern-age band that had a similar sound that I could get into. Des Demonas is a little bit more punk-inspired than Talking Heads. Jacky Cougar Abok's vocal style is similar with a bit more punch than David Byrne's. However, the lyrics from "Des Demonas" are a bit more heavy than Talking Heads'.

Sounds Like: 
Talking Heads - similar instruments but Talking Heads is a bit lighter
Sounds Like: 
The Ramones - basic 70's punk rock band is basic but similar amount of noise
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Omni
Label: 
Trouble in Mind

This album is angular as fuck. And I know it's really, really cliché to describe music as "angular", but if there's an album in recent memory that deserves that label, it's this one.

Sounds Like: 
Devo
Sounds Like: 
Wire
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
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
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