Baroque Pop

Artist: 
Jessie Jones
Label: 
Burger Records

I think during last Wednesday's meeting, someone was talking about an album (from Burger) and said something to the effect of "it's alright, but you know, it's Burger; I wish they'd do something different once." Lo! And behold this self titled album by Jessie Jones - for it is something different!

Sounds Like: 
Janis Joplin
Sounds Like: 
Julia Holter
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2015
Artist: 
Jacco Gardner
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Jacco Gardner does such a good job at creating psychedelic music that doesn't overwhelm your senses. This album is relaxing and easy to listen to, but it's not simple by any means. It has so many different levels of instrumentation, combining mellotrons, harpsichords, Optigans, and some other really rad vintage instruments with echoy, subdued vocals. You may be thinking, "Whoa, what a combo what does that even sound like??" Basically, it sounds like an incredibly mystical and magical dream, my friends.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Foxygen
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015
Artist: 
Sonny & The Sunsets
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Talent Night at the Ashram is a wonderful album. (I meant to make that sentence longer, but nothing fit). From its beachy and sunny vibes, to Pet Sounds (by the Beach Boys for those who might not know) -like harmonies, this album is just wonderful. I am transported to another place when I listen to this album. To the beach? Probably. Back in time? Maybe. But I know it takes me somewhere, somewhere relaxing and sunny and happy. 

Sounds Like: 
Beach Boys a la "Pet Sounds"
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/23/2015
Artist: 
Broken Social Scene
Label: 
Arts & Crafts

In the five years since Toronto's Broken Social Scene released their self-titled album, things sure have changed in the music world. In the wake of that album's release, we've seen an explosion of sorts of the Canadian music scene as a whole, some of which owe a debt to BSS. We've also seen key members of BSS break out into their own (Kevin Drew/Brendan Canning's solo albums, Feist, Stars, Reverie Sound Revue, the list goes on...). Some even wondered after the release of 2005's BSS, if the band would record another album ever again (they almost didn't).

Sounds Like: 
Broken Social Scene (of course)
Sounds Like: 
Stars
Sounds Like: 
the National
Sounds Like: 
Reverie Sound Revue
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
07/23/2010
Artist: 
Lightspeed Champion
Label: 
Domino

Devonté Hynes or Lightspeed Champion is a 23-year old Brit who makes his living crafting beautiful music. This hipster looking singer/songwriter sure knows how to rock different instruments, as he displays a variety of stringed instruments, piano, keyboard and of course the guitar. Lightspeed Champion's wonderfully articulated music is sure to put any person in a good mood. Songs like There's Nothing Underwater embody a melodic grace yet on the other side Faculty of Fears bops to an upbeat bass tone, with violins creating a orchestra style sound... but totally badass.

Sounds Like: 
Andrew Bird
Sounds Like: 
Los Campesinos!
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2010