indie folk

Artist: 
Iron & Wine
Label: 
Sub Pop

On his most recent EP, Sam Beam returns to his more classic sound after foraying into the world of full band territorry. He's still got a small backing band with him, and there's minimal percussion, strings, banjo, etc. throughout the record, but this is a much more stripped-down affair than most of his previous work has been. I must confess that I do really love full-band mid era Iron & Wine and really enjoyed his sound when he added a bunch of extra band members, but Sam Beam's work is amazing in almost any context and that continues to be the case on this record.

Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Conor Oberst
Label: 
Nonesuch Records Inc.

Last year Conor Oberst released the record Ruminations. This was one of my favorite records of 2016 and I think Conor's best record in a while. Conor really went back to the basics with this record. It is a pretty simple record with mainly piano, harmonica and vocals. It really has the feel of a folk record from the 60s. Having just good classic Conor Oberst depressing lyrics. This new record Salutations is pretty much just Ruminations only with a full band and a few extra tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Bon Iver
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

It's been 5 years since indie folk favorite Bon Iver's critically acclaimed second full-length LP Bon Iver was blessed upon us, as well as the heartbreaking announcement from frontman Justin Vernon that Bon Iver might not ever make new music ever again. Fans everywhere were overjoyed at the announcement of their long awaited third album titled 22, A Million.

Sounds Like: 
Radiohead (If you liked Kid A, you will like 22 A Million)
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire (weird comparison, but necessary)
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Bon Iver
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

It's been 5 years since indie folk favorite Bon Iver's critically acclaimed second full-length LP Bon Iver was blessed upon us, as well as the heartbreaking announcement from frontman Justin Vernon that Bon Iver might not ever make new music ever again. Fans everywhere were overjoyed at the announcement of their long awaited third album titled 22, A Million.

Sounds Like: 
Radiohead (If you liked Kid A, you will like 22 A Million)
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire (weird comparison, but necessary)
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Bon Iver
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

It's been 5 years since indie folk favorite Bon Iver's critically acclaimed second full-length LP Bon Iver was blessed upon us, as well as the heartbreaking announcement from frontman Justin Vernon that Bon Iver might not ever make new music ever again. Fans everywhere were overjoyed at the announcement of their long awaited third album titled 22, A Million.

Sounds Like: 
Radiohead (If you liked Kid A, you will like 22 A Million)
Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire (weird comparison, but necessary)
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Infinity Crush
Label: 
Joy Void

Warmth Equation is the first LP by Maryland based bedroom pop duo Infinity Crush. The album starts off with a fairly folkish track that tugs at the heartstrings and reminds the listener how fragile and short life is.

Sounds Like: 
Julia Brown
Sounds Like: 
Starry Cat
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
Julia Jacklin
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Don’t Let The Kids Win is the debut solo a

Sounds Like: 
Richard and Linda Thompson- (Relationship goals, might I add)
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
Aimee Mann
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
The Shelters
Label: 
Warner Bros

The Shelters are your typical indie/indie folk band, we’ve all heard it a million times and much like them, their album has been done before. It’s like a mix between The Young Veins, without having the appeal of ex-Panic! At The Disco member Ryan Ross, and The Hush Sound without the years of musicianship and catchy songs. The indie folk genre is over done in my opinion and this adds its own spin that has a techno aspect, but that just ruins anything the genre had going for it.

Sounds Like: 
The Hush Sound
Sounds Like: 
The Young Veins
Name: 
Hannah Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Blind Pilot
Label: 
ATO

Blind Pilot’s newest album, And Then Like Lions is a good album. Yeah that first sentence is a lame way to start a review but that is the best way to describe the album because it isn’t mind blowing by any means but it is still a really solid album. The reason why I think this album is just good, is that I was hoping for some evolution in their sound, and this album sounded suuuuupppppeeeerrrrr similar to their old stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Family and Friends
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Quiet Life
Label: 
Straight Light Records

Quiet Life's Foggy is indie folk rock at its peak. Catchy, sweet tunes with a simultaneously relaxing and exhilirating quality about them. The band is comprised of Sean Spellman (vocals and guitars), Ryan Spellman (drums), Paul Dutton (bassist), and Craig Rupert (guitar). The title track, Foggy, really manages to evoke a feeling of being immersed in a soothing fog while listening. Overal