Indietronica

Artist: 
Neo Noir
Label: 
AntiFragile Music

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek", or Bon Iver's "715 - CRΣΣKS", with instrumentation similar to The Chainsmokers' "Paris"? I'll admit it, neither have I. However, the small music collective Neo Noir (think of it like BROCKHAMPTON) has offered their answer to this unlikely question, with their single "Drift Away".

Sounds Like: 
Imogen Heap
Sounds Like: 
CAZZETTE
Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2018
Artist: 
Gone Beyond Gone
Label: 
Slow Down

This album surprised me at how good it is.  It's a mix between electronic and folk music, which does not seem like it would work, but it really does in this album. I'm going song by song, becuase all of the songs sound slightly different and all deserve attention in their own ways!

Sounds Like: 
The xx
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Moby
Label: 
Mute Records

These Systems Are Failing is an ablum that has much more in common with Moby's punk rock record Animal Rights than it does with his more classic releases. The album takes on a much more aggressive electropunk sound that hasn'tbeen explored very much by Moby previously. Electronics and guitars collide over drum machines and Moby's monotonous voice in an album far-removed from the Techno-Blues of Play.

Sounds Like: 
With Teeth-era Nine Inch Nails
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Warpaint
Label: 
Rough Trade

From their debut EP Exquisite Corpse to their two proper studio albums The Fool (2010) and Warpaint (2014), Warpaint is a band who has made name for themselves in the indie rock genre. By blending genres such as dream pop, electronic, and psychedelic rock, they have made a sort of hazy, dreamy music that only this talented all female band could possibly make. On their third studio album Heads Up, the girls of Warpaint experiment with new sounds, while still keeping elements that fans such as myself have grown to know and love.

Sounds Like: 
Massive Attack
Sounds Like: 
Widowspeak
Sounds Like: 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Baio
Label: 
Glassnote Entertainment Group

The Names, the first full-length album by Baio, the bassist from Vampire Weekend, is a fantastic collection of solid synthpop and indie pop songs. After a quick search on the Internet, I noticed that many people likened the music to The Talking Heads, which I found interesting. The songs do have a 80s vibe, but they are also distinctly modern. The music is very well produced and very beatiful with catchy melodies and verses.

Sounds Like: 
The Talking Heads
Sounds Like: 
Toro y Moi
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2015
Artist: 
The Wombats
Label: 
Bright Antenna

The Wombats, formed in 2003, is a British indie rock band.  This CD is worth the listen solely for the clever and funny lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Bombay Bicycle Club, Kaiser Chiefs, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, The Fratellis
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2011
Artist: 
Foster the People
Label: 
Columbia

If you haven't heard their hit "Pumped Up Kicks" you are probably living in a cave.  "Pumped Up Kicks" from this debut album Torches is the 2011 hit of the summer that is still getting plenty of airplay on a majority of the Tucson radio stations as a crossover hit. This album is awesome, especially for a debut album since the band formed recently in 2009 in LA. You can definitely hear similarities between Foster the People and MGMT because they both fall under the indietronica and neo-psychedelia subgenres.

Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club, Strange Talk, The Naked and Famous, MGMT, Phoenix
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2011
Artist: 
Delphic
Label: 
Dangerbird

These guys are pretty popular in Britain right now... Delphic relies on highly repetitive electronic-based rhythms to drive their music. This isn't necessarily dance electronic music. It's more like weird indietronic crap that would play in an ice castle level bonus/invincibility round of a video game. The overlying synth can get really obnoxious at times, so make sure to sandwich it between uptempo songs. The biggest flaw of this album is that the songs are just too long and it gets boring/annoying.

Sounds Like: 
Bloc Party
Sounds Like: 
Friendly Fires
Name: 
Hannah Hollins
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2010
Artist: 
Electric President
Label: 
Fake Four Inc.

Play this album when you are driving back from a wild roadtrip--when your body and brain are both so worn out all you want to do is just rest in a state of calm, and perhaps revel in nostalgia and self-reflectance... but not too much. Ben Cooper and Alex Kane manages to combine quiet acoustics and loud distorted electric guitars and still maintain a simple and mild quality to their songs. The violent blue with its many metaphors involving the ocean is a good album to play when you're alone or in a small group, not for big crowds with high energy.  

Sounds Like: 
Say Hi
Sounds Like: 
Say Hi to Your Mom
Sounds Like: 
Her Space Holiday
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2010
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