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Artist: 
Nothing
Label: 
Relapse Records

Dance on the Blacktop is Nothing’s third album.

Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine
Sounds Like: 
Cloakroom
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2018
Artist: 
Wild Nothing
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Wild Nothing is Jack Tatum’s dream pop project.

Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2018
Artist: 
Vera
Label: 
ALMA Records

The composition of the album is definitely high quality as I can imagine any of the tracks appearing in featured films or television programs. It has an "ordinary" sound that makes it so easy to listen, but I would hardly describe it as boring. Each track seems to convey a story or specific emotions that we experience in daily life.

Sounds Like: 
Phronesis
Sounds Like: 
Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2018
Artist: 
Vera
Label: 
ALMA Records

The composition of the album is definitely high quality as I can imagine any of the tracks appearing in featured films or television programs. It has an "ordinary" sound that makes it so easy to listen, but I would hardly describe it as boring. Each track seems to convey a story or specific emotions that we experience in daily life.

Sounds Like: 
Phronesis
Sounds Like: 
Esbjörn Svensson Trio
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2018
Artist: 
Paupière
Label: 
Self-published

À Jamais Privé de Réponses is the debut full length album from French-Canadian New Wave group, Paupière. This album greets two singles and an EP in Paupière's discography, and I have to say, I like it. Paupière pushes past the mere novelty of it's foreign language pop group origins into a uniquely fun listen.

Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Kate Bush
Name: 
Bennett Tolar
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2018
Artist: 
Cullen Omori
Label: 
Sub Pop

Cullen Omori has come a long way since his days as a member of the popular indie group, Smith Westerns, which unfortunately ended in late 2014. After a few years of lackluster singles and a bland 2016 album titled New Misery, Cullen Omori has officially found something special in The Diet. 

Sounds Like: 
Shy Boys
Sounds Like: 
Smith Westerns
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2018
Artist: 
The Molochs
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

     The Molochs latest effort starts out sounding like a brief ode to the easy going, yet catchy rhythms of 90s Alt acts married with a somewhat vintage sound reminiscent of 1960s ballad makers.

      Track #2, "I Wanna Say To You" sounds like a summertime song with a rhythm as simple sounding as any of Oaisis's songs off their masterpiece album "What's The Story Morning Glory". Most notably the rhyme on "Wonderwall".  I love this song as much as I loved that band's music in the 90s.

Sounds Like: 
90s Alt acts
Sounds Like: 
A somewhat vintage sound reminiscent of 1960s ballad makers.
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A summertime song with a rhythm as simple sounding as any of Oasis's songs off their masterpiece album "What's The Story Morning Glory". Most notably the rhythm on "Wonderwall".
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Very ballad-like with an upbeat rhythm that sounds like the songs your parents would listen to at a Sadie Hawkins dance or any other social-mating ritual in the 1960s.
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As hook-ridden as a teenage anthem and makes you want to sing: la-la-la along with the chorus.
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An infusion of pop with folk and compliments the lyrics as well as any 90s song that talked about Teen angst in a sing-song style. It sounds like: "Da da da da da da da da da. Na Na. In the story life I am old...
Sounds Like: 
Any catchy Blink-182 song with sing-a-long lyrics combined with pop-ridden guitar riffs. The greatest example of this similarity would be the track "First Date".
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2018
Artist: 
Interpol
Label: 
MATADOR RECORDS

      Hard-hitting guitar riffs accompanied by gradual, yet syncopated drumming. That is how Interpol has chosen to open their latest album, Marauders. Interpol is a band that I have followed since at least one of their songs was featured during an episode of Fox’s former hit teen soap, The O.C. Their sound back then sounded like a newer take on alternative, and with their latest release Marauders their sound seems to have remained aggressively alternative with some other influences mixed-in.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash
Sounds Like: 
"White Wedding" by Billy Idol
Sounds Like: 
"Take Me Out" by Frank Ferdinand
Sounds Like: 
Musical arrangement of The Killers
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2018
Artist: 
Bênní
Label: 
Goner Records

I know nothing of Bênní. I know nothing about them. I assume they live a post-apocaylptic, tron-lite universe. I assume they assembled reclaimed wires and dials and knobs in such a manner to communicate to our world. I assume synthesizers survived the endtimes. If 80's cinema tought us anything, it's that after the bombs fall and all is lost, all sound that remains is the scuttling of cockroaches and the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeBWOMMMMMMP of a synthesizer.

Sounds Like: 
Sci fi soundtracks (Blade Runner/Vangelis)
Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/10/2018
Artist: 
High Sunn
Label: 
PNKSLM

Justin Cheromiah, aka High Sunn, released Missed Connections, his debut album after releasing much of his catalog on Bandcamp.

Sounds Like: 
American Pleasure Club FKA Teen Suicide
Sounds Like: 
Surf Curse
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2018
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