Dream Pop

Artist: 
Joy Downer
Label: 
Joy Downer

"Radio Dreamer" by Joy Downer is the work of married couple Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer. It's a dreamwave EP of just five songs, featuring Joy's saccharine voice floating over pop beats and bouncy drums. It's a mix of Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, and Soren Bryce.

Sounds Like: 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Ale
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Real Estate
Label: 
Domino

Imagine yourself drinking a cup of coffee. It's warm and comforting, and has your favorite flavor of creamer in it. You drink it everyday, but you don't grow tired of it - its familiar, yet always welcome. In the realm of indie rock music, this would be the same case for New Jersey based indie band Real Estate. Real Estate is a band whose subtle, yet shimmery indie-rock music is a sound that you can never tire of. Although they are not a band who take risks and try something gamechanging, that's perfectly okay.

Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

I was really hyped to listen to this full length record after listening to all three singles 'The Bus Song',' 1 Billion Dogs' and 'Baybee ' which were all great.  Her last record Turn Into was also really good.  She has toured with bands like Mitski and Japanese Breakfast. Not only does she have good dreamy tracks in the record but there are also some really good straight up rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
ALex G
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
BETS
Label: 
Self Released

When I saw this album presented at the meeting, I jumped at the chance to review something Violent Femmes related. As a long time Violent Femmes fan, I was excited to hear if a new artist could breathe some new life into these old classics. While BETS attempt to do so is obviously one out of love and respect of the Violent Femmes, I'd have to say her success was inconsistent from track to track. Musically, many of the Violent Femmes' songs are quite simple.

Sounds Like: 
The Shacks
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Real Estate
Label: 
Domino

Personally I have such a soft spot for the band Real Estate. Their sound is just so laid back and they have such great guitar melodies. It is like the perfect music for lazy weekends. Even without Matt Mondanile, who is focusing more on Ducktails, their sound really hasn't changed at all. I really like the dreamy synths and guitars in this track. The full album In Mind is due to be out in March. Definitely watch the music video for this track to see the new addition the band, a horse !

Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Turn Into, Jay Som's first full length album, is an immersive, multi-layered work that immerses the listener into a dreamy world. Each track flows into the next, allowing you to melt into the music. Each component of every track works together to create a cohesive sound. While the album has a great flow and cohesive sound, many of the tracks do maintain a sense of individuality. "Next To Me," has much more of a rock sound, with guitar and drum being heavily featured, while, "Drown," is noisy and distorted, giving the track a shoegaze-like feel. 

Sounds Like: 
Japanese Breakfast
Sounds Like: 
Acid Ghost
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016
Artist: 
Shura
Label: 
Interscope Records

I want to start off this review by explaining that I thought her first track, (i), was depicting a vagina, but I soon figured out it’s signifying the introduction of the album, with (ii) as the middle track. But besides that, Shura’ album, Nothing’s Real is an incredible dream pop album that should definitely played on air. The upbeat, smooth melodies that float under Shura’s light, ethereal voice is sure to have you swaying from side-to-side. The album is emotional, reminiscent of the 80’s, and just fantastic overall. 

Sounds Like: 
Tov Lo but not really
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Nicole Dollanganger
Label: 
Run for Cover

I’ve heard of Nicole recently, from being a fan of Run for Cover Records but right off the bat, her sound is nothing that I would have expected.

Sounds Like: 
Infinity Crush
Sounds Like: 
Soley
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016