Dream Pop

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
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