Alt

Artist: 
Chastity Belt
Label: 
Hardly Art

I had a good time with Chastity Belt's second album, Time to Go Home, so when I saw that their newest album was up for grabs for reviewing, I picked it up hoping for another good time. And I have not been disappointed. Chastity Belt is back, and I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone shows the band's ability grow without changing their entire sound.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
The Soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola movie
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Cende
Label: 
Double Double Whammy

Cende's new album #1 Hit Single is full of energetic and a mixture of punk like pop songs. All the songs are shorter than the usual of around 3 minutes (the shortest song is 53 seconds) but the album is definitely worth the listen. "Bed" and "Don't Want To" are pretty energetic songs to listen to while "What I Want" is more on the slower side, yet Cende still keeps the upbeat flow in. I personally like "Void" and "While I'm Alive" the best.

Sounds Like: 
Dan The Man
Sounds Like: 
Wham!
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Fortune's Folly
Label: 
Independent Label

This album is like a mix of No Doubt and Fleetwood Mac. It has some rock cool guitar riffs and chord progressions throughout. The vocals are unique, they have a slight nasal whine. The lyrics of the songs are a bit tacky, but it adds to the tone of the song. It has a very punk, riot girl energy. One interesting part of this EP is that it was mixed and recorded at two different studios, and you can hear the difference this made in the recording of the album. The vocals from the second half are more subdued than the first. 

Sounds Like: 
No Doubt
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
The Breeders
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Hollow Everdaze
Label: 
(Self Released)

Have you ever wanted to hear psychedelic rock? do you hate listening to music older than 10 years? Well, this album might be for you! Combine the late beatles with purson and you basically have this album. The violin plays heavily into this album as it skirts from beatles psychedilic to folk, a hodgepodge of genres loosely related under the banner of psychedelic revival. this album is relaxing and best played late at night or midafternoon. suggested use: Palate cleanser prior to playing somethig odd or new

Only take as prescribed by your DJ.

Sounds Like: 
Purson
Sounds Like: 
Beatles magical mystery tour
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Zola Jesus
Label: 
Sacred Bones

 After becoming familiar with her music in the aftermath of her previous 2014 effort Taiga, I have been looking forward to new music from Zola Jesus for quite some time. If Bjork, Chelsea Wolfe, and Evanesence had a child together, the outcome would be Zola Jesus. Four years later, we are given the gift of her fifth studio album titled Okovi, a beautiful and surreal record that combines the industrial goth pop of her previous records, and gorgeous classical string arrangements with booming electronic beats. 

Sounds Like: 
Bjork
Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Wolfe
Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
alt-J
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

"Relaxer" by alt-J was released on June 2nd by the Atlantic Recording Corporation. The whole album consists of just eight tracks totals at just under 40 minutes. alt-J's most-played tracks on Spotify are "Breezeblocks" and "Left Hand Free," but three songs from this album have quickly made their way to the top of alt-J's most popular music: "In Cold Blood," "Deadcrush," and "3WW."

Sounds Like: 
Foals
Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Sounds Like: 
Sirius XM's Alt Nation playlist
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Gang of Youths
Label: 
Mosy Recordings

Gang of Youths is a band out of Sydney, Australia that gives the world a desparately needed anthemic call to action with their record Go Farther In Lightness. Right off the bat, the influence of New Jersey is present. Spingsteen, Gaslight Anthem and River City Extension all come to mind throughout. There is dramatic keys, thundering drums and the low comforting voice of lead singer David Le'aupepe. Standout tracks are opener "Fear and Trembling" and "The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows".

Sounds Like: 
Gaslight Anthem
Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Downtown Boys
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Angry Youth
Sounds Like: 
Foxboddies
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2017
Artist: 
King Krule
Label: 
XL Recordings Limited /True Panther Sounds

If you are alone, let’s say in a closet, and you were waiting to find Narnia, and you fell asleep and dreamt you saw it.

Sounds Like: 
Jonwayne, Gift of Gab but with a different speed)
Sounds Like: 
( His voice is quite unique )
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Benjamin Booker
Label: 
ATO Records

Muscle Shoals meets garage punk.&n