Dream Pop

Artist: 
Wild Nothing
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Wild Nothing is Jack Tatum’s dream pop project.

Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2018
Artist: 
American Pleasure Club
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

Teen Suicide may be under a new name, American Pleasure Club, but the band has reached a new high in my opinion. American Pleasure Club's "A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This" is a well put together album that still has such a variety of genres. I cannot emphasize how much I love this album! The album starts off with the acoustic, lo-fi song "florida (voicemail)". The song is delicate and true as you hear Sam Ray's quiet vocals over the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
Elvis Depressedly - Similar lo-fi and acoustic instrumentals
Sounds Like: 
Hovvdy - Acoustic and lo-fi again. Similar vocal style to Sam Ray
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/27/2018
Artist: 
Goodfight
Label: 
Baby Blue Records

Florida Room is an album created by "Goodfight".  The entire album is 15 minutes and 55 seconds, and I loved every second of it! Most of this album was relaxing, but the tracks “Lucy” and “Oklahoma” have more energy with the faster beats.  Andrew  Forman (singer/guitarist) and Dion Kerr (bassist/producer) were inspired by sights and sounds of their youth in Southern Florida for their tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Reptaliens
Sounds Like: 
Born Ruffians
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Minature Tigers
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
02/23/2018
Artist: 
Porches
Label: 
Domino Recording Co.

Porches, an American synth-pop band, followed up their well-received sophomore album Pool (2016), with their latest record The House. The House starts off with Leave This House, a groovy and relatively upbeat synth pop track. This however is not indicative of the project as a whole because the majority of tracks on this album are much slower and introspective. Songs like Country and Goodbye give a better feel for the album as a whole, an album that is extremely dreary, and introspective into the emotions following heartbreak.

Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
TV Girl
Sounds Like: 
Marika Hackman
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
01/21/2018
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: 
Hazey Eyes
Label: 
Majestic Casual Records

Hazey Eyes is back with their second EP, Some Reason; and it is an interesting journey that appears quick and simple, but actually has so much complexity behind it. The title track, which also happens to be the opener, introduces itself with a soft pianos and blippy synths (kind of like the style Owl City found on Ocean Eyes). This sound, found all throughout the song, definitely feels familiar...and actually does convey a hazy feeling. So I guess I could say that Hazey Eyes certainly lives up to their name.

Sounds Like: 
The M Machine
Sounds Like: 
SBTRKT
Sounds Like: 
Flume
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2017
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

III

Artist: 
Makthaverskan
Label: 
Run For Cover

When I first looked at the cover of Makthaverskan’s new album III, I thought they were a metal band due to the angelical statues contrasting with sharp pointed font.

Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Palmistry
Label: 
Mixpak Records

His mother and father were pastors, but Palmistry saw himself as a pagan; and that's the tale behind this album. The soft, chilly world in Palmistry's debut LP is certainly unlike anything that I'm used to listening to, but I found myself to be pleasantly surprised the more I listened. "Club Aso" introduces the minimalistic style of the album, and the song's melancholy plucks, layered beneath Palmistry's voice (which reminded me of a chill version of The Weeknd), creates a sense of intimacy with listeners...maybe even create a familiar atmosphere for some.

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
PNAU
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2017
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
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