Electro-Pop

Artist: 
Elohim
Label: 
Elohim Music

Picture Alison Wonderland's trap-influenced EDM sound mixed with vocals that sound like what would be the love child of Charli XCX and Banks, and you get Elohim. Elohim is an upcoming Los Angeles based electronic artist who is the whole package -- a singer-songwriter, a producer, and a visual artist. Her first single of 2018 titled "Fuck Your Money" is a banger that meshes witty and dark lyrics with a happy-go-lucky sound that oddly enough works really well.

Sounds Like: 
Alison Wonderland
Sounds Like: 
Banks
Sounds Like: 
Charli XCX
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2018
Artist: 
Charli XCX
Label: 
Asylum

I don't know about anyone else, but in my own opinion pop music is sort of hitting a slump. Pop princesses like Katy Perry are putting out mediocre albums, once novel artists like Ed Sheeran fall prey to over-worked trends, and even Taylor Swift feels the need to be edgy and push back against what people have pigeonholed her as in the past.

Sounds Like: 
Dark Carly Rae Jepsen
Sounds Like: 
Lorde (a la Melodrama)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2018
Artist: 
GGOOLLDD
Label: 
Roll Call Records

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, GGOOLLDD’s album TEETH has a lot to offer. With the band’s garage-pop genre of in your face vocals and distorted guitar riffs, All of TEETH’s tracks enter strong and leave stronger. “Without You” is probably my favorite track due to the sheer variety of different sounds that GGOOLLDD was able to combine into one cohesive sample. All of the songs on this album range in the 3-4 minute mark, but “Without You” felt like it went on for forever- but in the best way possible.

Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
Bloods
Sounds Like: 
Zella Day
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Cavegreen
Label: 
Self-Released

Cavegreen’s Vita Lucida combined pop with an almost sort of sad punk. The songs were slow and the singer’s voice sounded like a cool blend of Ellie Goulding, Stevie Nicks and the members of Chvrches. The music was generally very relaxing and each song was fairly unique. At times the music was hard to listen to because it did not flow super well and the songs were individually kind of choppy. However, I did enjoy the tracks Pacific Clouds, Little Bird and Ancient Like Suns.

Sounds Like: 
Chvrches
Sounds Like: 
Purity Ring
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Sylvan Eso
Label: 
Loma Vista Recordings

This single is light, bubbely, lyrically catchy and sharp. Everything you would love and want from a Sylvan Esso song. The chorus comprised of a repeated "Slave to the Radio" relatable to musical artists and die hard radio fans alike. The Ascending beat keeps up through out the song sometimes shifting into a slower more mechanical beat but the whole song is fast paced like a humming birds wings, and makes you wanna bounce up and down on your toes. The lyrics are are indie sounding; confident and playful in tone.

Sounds Like: 
Miracles of Modern Science
Sounds Like: 
Marian Hill
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2016
Artist: 
My Robot Friend
Label: 
Robot World Domination LLC

My Robot Friend is a one-man-band, fronted by none other than Howard Robot. Although it's one dude, it's also generally highly collaborative with a fair bit of performance art in there. I was a fan of MRF back in highschool more (more in my electro-pop days) with the album Dial 0, or more importantly the song 23 Minutes In Brussels (one of his more popular songs, certainly worth a listen). This album, however, got really boring for me starting at the 4th song, Creep.

Sounds Like: 
Cut Copy
Sounds Like: 
Fischerspooner
Sounds Like: 
Ladytron
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2016
Artist: 
Crater
Label: 
Help Yourself Records

Ceci Gomez and Kessiah Gordon are the the electro-pop duo behind Crater. Crater's debut album Talk To Me So I Fall Asleep showcases a decaying relationship. There is a jaded, possibly intentionally empty vibe lingering throughout the album yet a notable hint of irony can also be detected.

Sounds Like: 
Industrial Lana Del Rey
Sounds Like: 
Porches
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2016
Artist: 
Breakbot
Label: 
WEA Studios

Breakbot's Still Waters is groovy in the best of ways. Though at first listen they are a near copy of any 1980's pop band, after a while interesting combinations of 80's influence and modern styles present themselves. If you're looking for something relaxing or have anything against electro inspired music then look elsewhere. That being said if you're into something a little funky, that'll make you wiggle in your chair then you've found it. 

Sounds Like: 
Churches
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2016
Artist: 
shmu
Label: 
gtz records

This was pretty cool for the most part. There were a couple of nice songs on here and a couple that gave me a headache but overall I think I respect Shmu and whatever they are trying to do with this album. I really like the album cover art and feel like it fits the band well. The album has electronic elements and flows together nicely. 

Sounds Like: 
Whirr
Sounds Like: 
A Place To Bury Strangers
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Lilly Wolf
Label: 
WolfHouse

Lilly Wolf's album, Deleted Scenes, is synth-pop and dark. All of the songs would match up very well as background music for MTV or E! Network shows, played while the characters are in the car or are facing tough decisions. The vocals were a bit too synthy for my preference, but if you're a fan of CHVRCHES or Phantogram then I recommend that you try this album out.

Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2015
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