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Artist: 
Jay Pray
Label: 
Think Thought Records

This album is described on the front sticker as "light and whimsical electropop, it brings to mind the carefree days of summer" and that's pretty accurate. It's a very relaxed album, something you can listen to while studying or put on in the background of almost anything. All the songs sound more or less the same, so if you like the style then you'll like the whole album. The first track, "Intro" and track 5, "Interlude" are both short instrumentals that don't actually start unti about 10 or so seconds into the song.

Sounds Like: 
Neon Indian (but more chill)
Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Real Estate
Label: 
Domino

Imagine yourself drinking a cup of coffee. It's warm and comforting, and has your favorite flavor of creamer in it. You drink it everyday, but you don't grow tired of it - its familiar, yet always welcome. In the realm of indie rock music, this would be the same case for New Jersey based indie band Real Estate. Real Estate is a band whose subtle, yet shimmery indie-rock music is a sound that you can never tire of. Although they are not a band who take risks and try something gamechanging, that's perfectly okay.

Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Temples
Label: 
Heavenly Recordings

This is something that will grow on you. Temples is a knockout entirely definitely, however like I said, this will grow on you. Being the first time my listening to their album and there quartet as a whole, Volcanoes is an instant favorite from everything I've heard thus far. Having added it to my collection of music forever expanding, I now have gotten to dig deeper into their history and have heard their first album, Sun Structures, and combined with Volcanoes I have to say I prefer the first of the two mentioned more.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
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: 
Letherette
Label: 
Ninja Tune

If you have trouble sleeping, this is your cup of tea. Or even better, if your yoga session is need of some bangers, then maybe this will help you finish that special plank position. Or if you just like star gazing, and eating a nice dinner this is everything you ever wanted. I can't say anything bad about this album in terms of how it's gonna make you feel. This is one of those albums where it's not meant for the radio, it's meant for your soul. It can take you on a journey to neverland and back, and then some. Wherever your mind desires.

Sounds Like: 
Stumblein
Sounds Like: 
Blackmill
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Maggie Rogers
Label: 
Universal Music Group

I want to start this out by saying I am usually very typical about the type of Lo-fi I like, but Maggie Rogers in her album "Now That The Light is Fading" blows me away. Her vocals are outstanding and it is overal very etheral and beautiful. The album starts out very strong with the song "Color Strong" and it never falls into mediocrity, each song is different but equally as great. I have just found one of my new favorite albums.

Sounds Like: 
Florence + The Machine
Sounds Like: 
A calmer Carly Rae
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
The Black Line
Label: 
CRock Records

Formed as a one man band from Ontario Canada, the Black Line has a thrashing guitar genre that is reminiscent of the garage band genres of the 90's and 2000's. With a mix of semi-thoughtful/punk lyrics and pretty solid mixing of the song components, the Black Line has some solid punk rock tracks. No One Cares, Gemini, and more are all guitar heavy tracks that strike a consistent balance between insturmentals and vocals, which is impressive given the one-man nature of this band.

Sounds Like: 
Front Bottoms but more rock
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
NOFX
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Why?
Label: 
Joyful Noise Recordings

In the beginning, Why? was Yoni Wolf. He rapped under the stage name "Why?" and made weird music for weirdo rap label/collective Anticon which he founded with friends in 1998. Now he releases music with his band Why?, and they make weird, beautiful indie rock. It was a gradual transition but the hip-hop influence remains. It informs the word density, cleverness, and rhythm of Yoni's vocals, but rest assured that this isn't rapping over guitars. With Moh Lhean, Why?

Sounds Like: 
Why?
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
CLAVVS
Label: 
CLAVVS

CLAVVS, or claws' album "World Underwater", features some fun tracks, the first song on the CD, Silver Tongue, is your classical sort of spectral trip hop, it features a girl saying "Tell me what youre made of" over and over which seems to get a little redundant throughout the song, it seems as they made a cool 20 second beat and lyrics and just said, "hey that was pretty cool I guess lets turn it into a song" and just sort of copy and pasted it a few times, there are a few deviations here and there but the first song isn't ground breaking at all.

Sounds Like: 
The Background music for most car commercials
Sounds Like: 
The background music to "How to" video on the computer where the instructions are typed in notepad
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
CLAVVS