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Artist: 
Surf Rock Is Dead
Label: 
Native Sound

We Have No Friends? EP by duo Surf Rock is dream pop. Airy synths, vaguely distant-sounding voices and racing guitars are the main components for most of the songs on this EP, just like most other works in the dream pop genre. The two members of Surf Rock Is Dead apparently hail from Chicago and Melbourne, so I was maybe expecting something a bit more in terms of two guys from completely different parts of the globe teaming up to make a record, but I suppose it is really solid dream pop.

Sounds Like: 
Ben Gibbard
Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Broke Royals
Label: 
Nada Recording Studio

Broke Royals' Broke Royals, was definitely one of the good surprises I found. All these songs were so fun and easy to follow along! "Falling Up" was the first song I listened to and it made such a big impact on me, with the upbeat and fun lyrics. "As Long As I Can See" is my favorite song and it sounds like a slower, club remix with easy to follow lyrics. "Higher" starts off slow but gradually builds up to the chorus, getting more and more energetic, whereas "On My Way" comes off strong but both of these song lyrics here are adorable.

Sounds Like: 
We The Kings
Sounds Like: 
Lost Kings
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Bless These Sounds Under The City
Label: 
Chase Park Transduction

Bless These Sounds Under The City's On The Brink of Life, consists of many hypnotic kind of songs. "The Sleeping 8" is the first song of the album and it gives off a very haunting but inviting vibe. "A Clever Disguise" is a fun, upbeat softer rap and "An Iridescent Aura" is one of the many spellbinding pieces that could be heard in a winter musical. "Warming The Frozen Star" is my favorite song of this album with the clear vocals featuring the nice strumming of the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
MUSE
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Label: 
ATO Records

If you read my previous review about Ora Cogan's Crickets, you know I talked about how songs on the album blended into one another and as a result didn't sound like an albuum with separate tracks, but one whole orchestral piece with slightly diffferent movements. The same thing goes for this album. If I had to pick one word to describe this album it would be "urgency." Everything about the fast paced, crazy guitar whirls makes this album a very pressing listen.

Sounds Like: 
Oh Sees
Sounds Like: 
The Murlocs
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
The Kickback
Label: 
Julian Records

Weddings and Funerals is the sophomore album from The Kickback. Even though it is disticntly a breakup record, the listener is not bored by the expected lamentations about loss. The tracks are still lively and I found myself drumming my fingers on my steering wheel to the instrumetals. Each song is quite eccentric, and the tracks mix it up between the chorus and the bridge, which definitely keeps the listener interested.

Sounds Like: 
Rozwell Kid
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Prettiest Eyes
Label: 
Castle Face

Prettiest Eyes is a synth-pop/punk band based in LA, California. Their music is definitely geared toward psych-punk and noise funk but also incorporates alt. All of their tracks on Pools demonstrates their extensive abilities on the keyboards and rock-esque guitar and the album is a very good representation of their famed live shows. Their unique sound is borderline metal and garage jams. I would highly recommend anyone who is into industrial tunes to give Pools a listen.

Sounds Like: 
Flat Worms
Sounds Like: 
CFM
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
The Holy Dark
Label: 
Dodgeball Records

The Holy Dark is a band based in Portland, Oregon. With their folksy and mellow tunes, their album Pretty Little Bird encapsulates woodsy life and when I listened to it, I pictured mountains and forests. They incorporate upbeat and slower songs, which makes their album very refreshing because they aren’t all one tempo. All of the tracks have the distinct guitar accompaniment, but they add other melodies and instruments. Pretty Little Birds sounds very cohesive and all the tracks are unified to create a sound distinctly their own.

Sounds Like: 
Pet Fangs
Sounds Like: 
Filmspeed
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Vista Kicks
Label: 
Little Hook Records

Vista Kicks showed the world what they could do when they released their six song EP,  Chasing Waves.

Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Rolling Stones
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Vista Kicks
Label: 
Little Hook Records

Vista Kicks showed the world what they could do when they released their six song EP,  Chasing Waves.

Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Rolling Stones
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Heaters
Label: 
Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records

"Matterhorn" by Heaters is an interesting album to say the very least. When I first picked up this album, I knew that it would have Tame Impala influences but I didn't think that the psychrock would be as heavy as it actually is. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The starts of the songs may be a bit slow to pick up on but once the rock influence starts mixing with the psychedelia, then the songs are infectious and start to become jams. The guitars twang and the drums have a pretty shallow bang to them.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - similar psychrock sound as Tame's older stuff
Sounds Like: 
Blue Sails - more psychedelic than Blue Sails but both rely on the reverb and guitars to keep the songs entertaining
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2017
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