Alt

Artist: 
Posse
Label: 
Self-Release

      Seattle-based Indie-rock artist Posse start out with a Slow and progressive intro with heavy guitar riffs on their album, called "Horse Blanket". Real easy-going rhythm that reminds me of some of my favorite 90s Alt bands.
     Track #2 ("Shiver"): Gradual rhythm and lyrics back this song seem more memorable in a strictly poetic sense.

Sounds Like: 
90s Alt Bands
Sounds Like: 
Spacious and progressive instrumentals
Sounds Like: 
"One Tree Hill" Soundtrack
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
The Weather Station
Label: 
Paradise of Bachelors

       Wow! I immediately love how this female lead singer is like Stevie Nicks meets Joni Mitchell to my ears (translation: the poetic drive combined with Mitchell's signature ring that no one else until now has been able to recreate).

     "Thirty" (Track #2): The lead singer immediately sounds like Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" on this song (Vocal range-wise and fast-paced vocal delivery-wise) meets a Country Western (Twang-filled) rhythm along with a folksy backing beat.

Sounds Like: 
Joni Mitchell
Sounds Like: 
Country Western Twang
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Mickey Hart
Label: 
Verve

          Wow this is immediately not what I was expecting.  Totally experimental sound. It is like 80s Synth meets Techno meets 80s Pop meets the jam rhythm that made the Dead famous. 

       Track #2 ("Wayward Son"): starts out experimental once again and transitions into a beautiful pop rhythm complete with pop singing. It is delightfully poppy and experimental throughout.

Sounds Like: 
Experimental Pop
Sounds Like: 
Techno
Sounds Like: 
80s Synth Pop
Sounds Like: 
Trippy Electro beat
Sounds Like: 
World Music
Sounds Like: 
Ed Sheeran
Sounds Like: 
EDM
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Towers of London
Label: 
Planetary Group

Towers of London is an English band that promotes itself under the slogan “Rock and Roll, Spirit and Soul,” a phrase that functions as description for their new “Shot in the Dark” EP.

Sounds Like: 
The Struts
Sounds Like: 
The Mowglis
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Ora Cogan
Label: 
Hand Drawn Dracula

Ora Cogan reminds me of a female version of Radiohead's sound/vibe. Her voice is eery yet charismatic and she wists you away into a far off dreamland with ornate guitar picking mixed with strange landscapes of sounds. Crickets is one of those albums that, when played in its original order, sounds like one long song with different movements, but with an overarching theme.

Sounds Like: 
Marissa Nadler
Sounds Like: 
Kellarissa
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
CCFX
Label: 
DFA Records

This is the debut album by CCFX. It contains four songs, all of which are soft, retro pop. 

Sounds Like: 
Lush kinda
Sounds Like: 
dream pop
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
11/28/2017
Artist: 
The Moms
Label: 
Bar/None Records

"Doing Asbestos We Can" by the Moms has a fun name to compliment the equally fun tracks on the album. While it has the standard guitar and drums that you would expect from a punk album, some songs experiment with brass like on the song "Fortunate Former." The album really took me back to the early 2000s when this genre of punk music which was fun yet not too pop-influenced that it lost touch what punk is. The lead singer has the style of singing that is a mix between a shout and singing, similar to Green Day and Ludo in a way.

Sounds Like: 
Ludo - early 2000s pop punk sound and similar vocals (maybe not as clean as Ludo's singer)
Sounds Like: 
Green Day - similar guitar riffs and sounds
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Gordon Raphael
Label: 
Shoplifter Records

Gordon Raphael's Sleep On The Radio consists of a mixture of alternative and rock songs. Aside from the creative song titles, the songs all give a similar vibe. "View From Blue" is the first song featured in this album and it starts off with a slow transition to fast paced guitar strumming. "Seven Stars" is a smooth, vocalized song and "It's So Sleepy In This Noisy Chair" has a more antagonized, upbeat song. "Sleep On The Radio" is the title song of the album and has a catchy chorus.

Sounds Like: 
The Strokes
Sounds Like: 
Queen
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Lime Cordiale
Label: 
Permanent Vacation

I've never liked an album so much the first time listening. Lime Cordiale's Permanent Vacation is the album to listen to for anybody, and especially to those who are fans of Maroon 5. The album consists of songs like "Naturally" which has a gothic, haunted vibe mixed with an energetic beat, "Temper Temper" and "Giving Yourself Over" are hip and fun to dance along to whereas "Risky Love" is sad but there is still the same upbeat tempo. "Up In The Air" has a very old feel from the 90's.

Sounds Like: 
Maroon 5
Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
Artist: 
Marble Party
Label: 
Floating Records

Marble Party is an indie rock band originating in Mill Valley, CA. Sometimes a Great Ocean is their third album, their first two being Lyle (2011) and Plush Up (2014). This time, Marble Party gives their listeners easy-flowing jams, with a sweet mixture of lazy vocals, guitar, and drum solos. The songs are catchy and easy to sing along to after only one listen of the CD, but part of me thinks that is a bad thing.

Sounds Like: 
The Posies
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
11/27/2017
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