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Artist: 
Happy Fits
Label: 
Self Released

SO!!!

Darn Good Album.

Sounds Like: 
Saint Motel
Sounds Like: 
Beatles
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Django Django
Label: 
N/A

Sounds Like: 
Prog-pop
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
01/26/2018
Artist: 
Boyo
Label: 
Danger Collective Records

I really want to like this album and it is not bad by all means. It sounds like something I would like but for some reason, it is just not clicking. It might be the topics discussed such as isolation, addition, and regret, that are things that I simply cannot relate to. The songs start to mesh together because there isn’t much variety that distinguishes each song from each other. The album is very lethargic and that energy translates to me feeling lethargic which might be another reason why I am not clicking with it.

Sounds Like: 
SadGirl
Sounds Like: 
Youth Lagoon
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2018
Artist: 
L.A. Law
Label: 
Burger Records

      Most bizzare synth-based music that I have ever heard before at first. (Most notably on track "Crisco Inferno").

     Track #10 ("Happy Alteration) sounds and feels like a Eurythmics song: all happy go lucky and stuff.

      Star cup starts and later on continues to add the pulsar sound that made D.OA. famous in the 80s.

Sounds Like: 
Eurthmics
Sounds Like: 
D.O.A.
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2018
Artist: 
Typhoon
Label: 
Roll Call Records

Although there are a lot of bands out there trying to work story-telling elements into their music, Typhoon’s latest album, “Offerings”, makes it their entire focus. It’s very apparent that the album is imbued with an immense amount of emotion, and the listener can’t help but get dragged into the pain and the love expressed within. The track “Algernon” is particularly expressive, to the point of painful self-awareness about how emotionally-wrought what he’s singing about is.

Sounds Like: 
Ewert and the Two Dragons
Sounds Like: 
The Weather Machine
Sounds Like: 
Plastic Revolution
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2018
Artist: 
Sufis
Label: 
Burger Records

    Slow and yet kind of disco this album open ups with dance quality beats, percussion and electric guitar that loop on a groovy beat, with a husky male voice singing “After hours it’s all right, anything can happen in a paradise.” I got to say it is smooth, not too mellow, not to high voltage, After Hours by Sufis is like a hipster picnic on a beach. Or a watermelon slushy at the roller rink. It’s got experimental trail offs, almost like pink floyd and a mood like The Talking Heads mixed with Thomas Dolby.

Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Sounds Like: 
Talking Heads
Sounds Like: 
Thomas Dolby
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
01/21/2018
Artist: 
Porches
Label: 
Domino Recording Co.

Porches, an American synth-pop band, followed up their well-received sophomore album Pool (2016), with their latest record The House. The House starts off with Leave This House, a groovy and relatively upbeat synth pop track. This however is not indicative of the project as a whole because the majority of tracks on this album are much slower and introspective. Songs like Country and Goodbye give a better feel for the album as a whole, an album that is extremely dreary, and introspective into the emotions following heartbreak.

Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
TV Girl
Sounds Like: 
Marika Hackman
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
01/21/2018
Artist: 
Knuckle Puck
Label: 
Rise Records
Sounds Like: 
Real Friends
Sounds Like: 
Seaway
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Label: 
Sour Mash

       "Black & White Sunshine": Catchy tune rythm and signing-wise.  Rythm sounds as blissful as 90s Alternative hits.

      "Dead in Water [Live]": suprisingly starts out very slow, dark and poetic sounding.  I say suprisingly, because I cannot name you one Oasis song that sounds like this track.  It starts in a special place all on its own.  It is just that uniquely bittersweet sounding to my ears.

Sounds Like: 
Space Jazz
Sounds Like: 
1980s Synth
Sounds Like: 
80s Pop
Sounds Like: 
House
Sounds Like: 
70s Disco
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Decent Criminal
Label: 
Dodgeball Records

Much like many other trends right now, the 90’s are back in music as well, and Alternative Rock is certainly no exception. I happen to be a big fan of 90’s alt rock and surf punk, which is how Decent Criminal was described, so I was pretty excited to give it a listen. Their album Bloom, in many ways, sounds like many other albums that claim to be inspired by 90’s rock, but also a little different – which I really appreciate.

Sounds Like: 
PUP
Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
Alternate-Universe Weezer
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
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