Alt

Artist: 
From Backwards
Label: 
Ole Money Records

“The American Dream is Dead” 

This album is a joke - the kind of joke that sarcastic political cartoons make. Its feel good comedy over electro rap beats and if you were looking for mock parades of real issues in the US right now you found your nisch. If you were looking for R&B or Hip Hop or new rap or trap or trance rap or lyrical stuff you should keep looking!

Sounds Like: 
Lonely Island
Sounds Like: 
Youtube rappers ( in a good way in this case )
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
King Krule
Label: 
True Panther Sounds

 

Sounds Like: 
None other
Sounds Like: 
Than King Krule
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Pageant Dove
Label: 
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Travis Bell at Adorea Recording Studio

When you listen to Pageant Dove’s self-titled EP you cannot help to become trapped in a daze of bliss and daydreams as Four songs have been formed from drums, keys, deeply admired guitars and simple strings. The combination of a dreamy guitar, simple beat, and powerful strings joined with a country accented voice of Elizabeth Trojanowski in “Still Water” makes you feel glum for a spouse or lost moment in life.

Sounds Like: 
New Age Dolly Parton mixed with some folk
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Torres
Label: 
4AD

For somone who does not listen to a lot of alternative msuic, listening to and forming an opinion about Three Futures was certainly an interesting and challenging task. I had not previously listened to her work nor did I have much of a catalog as to which I could relate or compare what I was listening to. Looking back, I feel in a way I felt that this was beneficial to me for I was forced to react to what I was listening to with no expectations or preconceptions. My reaction? To put it best, intrigued.

Sounds Like: 
EMA
Sounds Like: 
St. Vincent
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Blue Sails
Label: 
Self-Released

Blue Sail's self-released, self-titled album Blue Sails is a beautiful collection of songs that vaguely remind the listener of bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Tame Impala, and MGMT (if they did more rock-based songs). Like the bands mentioned, nearly all of the songs create this ambiance that is a mixture of numbness, nostalgia, and yet hope. The two brothers, Max and Mitchell Bell, both have mastered the sounds of psychedelic rock. The extreme reverb is like echoes of the past. The whispery vocals set your mind at ease.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - chill, whisper toned vocals and a psychedelic feel, especially on "There Is No Unreturn'd Love"
Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins - one of the main influences of the band, similar vocal style
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Delicate Steve
Label: 
Anti Records

Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Dent May
Label: 
Carpark Records

Sounds Like: 
Elton John
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Chad VanGaalen
Label: 
Sub Pop

Chad VanGaalen is an artist who I'm not super familiar with. He's done recording and production for a bunch of great bands, like Women and Preoccupations, but I've never really listened to his own music. After listening to this album, his solo work is about as varied as the bands he's worked with. Album opener "Mind Hijacker's Curse" is an upbeat and synthy song with a bunch of eclectic samples and sounds, the next song, "Locked in the Phase" is slower and moodier and almost gothic.

Sounds Like: 
Wolf Parade
Sounds Like: 
Destroyer
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
Omni
Label: 
Trouble in Mind

This album is angular as fuck. And I know it's really, really cliché to describe music as "angular", but if there's an album in recent memory that deserves that label, it's this one.

Sounds Like: 
Devo
Sounds Like: 
Wire
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
The Zombies
Label: 
Varese Sarabande Records

The past two years have seen the 50th anniversaries (and subsequent re-releases) of two of the most important albums in music history - The Beach Boy's Pet Sounds (originally released in 1966) and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). It only seems fitting then, that we continue the 50th anniversary celebration with another re-release of a seminal album of the 60's. While overlooked in comparison to Pet Sounds and Sgt.

Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Beach Boys
Sounds Like: 
The Monkees
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