Dream Pop

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
Artist: 
Leyya
Label: 
Las Vegas Records

Wow. This album blew my socks off. It was really good. Out of nowhere, the group Leyya comes out with their debut album Spanish Disco. Now, initially I was like - cool, another latin alternative group that is trapped in a past timeline. Instead you are pleaesntly surprised with chilly female vocals, dope beats, and some more. The album begins with a trance like instrumental, breif enough to flow neatly into "I Want You" and "Wolves." Both of which reminded me of Glass Animals, in terms of the song structure, some of the beats used, and pace.

Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Sounds Like: 
The xx
Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Name: 
Eric Lloyd Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Warpaint
Label: 
Rough Trade

From their debut EP Exquisite Corpse to their two proper studio albums The Fool (2010) and Warpaint (2014), Warpaint is a band who has made name for themselves in the indie rock genre. By blending genres such as dream pop, electronic, and psychedelic rock, they have made a sort of hazy, dreamy music that only this talented all female band could possibly make. On their third studio album Heads Up, the girls of Warpaint experiment with new sounds, while still keeping elements that fans such as myself have grown to know and love.

Sounds Like: 
Massive Attack
Sounds Like: 
Widowspeak
Sounds Like: 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Madeira
Label: 
Carpark

From the other side of big blue, Kim Pflaum sings about struggles that throws the thousands of miles of the oceans out the window: from lost love to manipulation to the shallowness of having a perfect life on social media. She does it all with soft, dreamy instrumentation and vocals. In "Oracle/Horoscope" Madeira seeks to breakdown the idea of perfection being the only way to obtain happiness. Like how horoscopes and oracles can make you believe whatever they want, so does our culture do the same to us with its standards of perfection and happiness.

Sounds Like: 
Wild Ones
Sounds Like: 
Satchmode
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Living Hour
Label: 
Lefse Records

Living Hour is fresh off of bandcamp and are filled with summer hazey tuneage. The whole album has a really good flow, I enjoyed having it as background music for cooking and studying. Word of warning though, each song is like a long joy-trip, at least five to seven minutes long. Living Hour feel very similar to Beach House, with the skuzzy guitars, surf-like riffs, and warped sounds looming in the background. The vocals were dreamy, haunting, but poppy. I would suggest tracks six and seven, Mind Goodbyes and Miss Emerald Green.

Sounds Like: 
Beach House