noise pop

Artist: 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Label: 
ADA

After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song. 

Sounds Like: 
Pixies
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Elle Exxe
Label: 
Self-Released

Not much is known about Elle Exxe, but she fits the archtype of a trypical popstar. Her album art is bright, colorful, and poppy. She has those pop star vocals where each word feels dramatic and powerful. But, she feels somewhat stale. Not much of the album really stood out to me. With the exception of track six - Sick, which is filled with a groovy, 80s inspired keys and chords; in addition to being one of the few tracks that alters in terms of the pace and composition, followed by a muffled guitar solo. Track 11 - W.T.F.

Sounds Like: 
Sleigh Bells
Sounds Like: 
Florence + The Machine
Name: 
Eric Lloyd Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Car Seat Headrest
Label: 
Matador

Much has been made of Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial. Critics have claimed that is a masterpiece of lo-fi alt rock. They have praised front man Will Toledo's lyrics, his attitude towards just about everything, the sound of the album, the name of the album, really, just about everything. When listening to an album like that, I have to stop and think, "Is all this praise justified?”

Sounds Like: 
Pavement
Sounds Like: 
Built to Spill
Sounds Like: 
Courtney Barnett (kind of, in some tracks more than others)
Sounds Like: 
Swans
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
09/05/2016
Artist: 
Hurry
Label: 
Lame-O Records

Guided Meditation is the 3rd EP from Philadelphia based power-pop band Hurry. The album lives up to it’s name, all the songs on this EP are incredibly zen like and relaxing.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Early Weezer (Kinda)
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2016
Artist: 
Bür Gür
Label: 
New Los Angeles

It's hard to describe what this umlauted band actually sounds like. This may be due to the fact that Bür Gür is admittedly unconventional; they say their sound "spans a wide variety of genres," which is always a great time. Have You Lost Your Faith in God? features multiple different instruments and sounds, and can be described as somewhat glitchy at times. The first half of the album is arguably weirder, and features "Lungs", a trippy journey of a song reaching almost 8 minutes.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Name: 
Alex Wolvos
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2016
Artist: 
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Label: 
Mis Ojos Discos

Personally I thought A Sunny Day in Glasgows release of their record Sea When Absent  last year was one of the better noise pop/shoegaze records in a long time and one of my favorite records of the year. I was excited and surprised when I heard they were releasing a double EP so soon after. For this record, they wrote and recorded while on tour in 2014, and they released a statement saying it was mixed at a faster speed than they normally do. This made me a little nervous but I was pleasantly surprised by how solid some of these tracks are.

Sounds Like: 
Slowdive
Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2015
Artist: 
Sciflyer
Label: 
Clairecords

Sciflyer is a husband and wife duo, along with a drummer, that have been playing music together for more than a decade. Energizer is their latest effort as Sciflyer, an EP that is very much a shoegaze record at its roots, but seems to draw influence from some other groups and genres along the way. While I'm not very into shoegaze, or very well versed in its' sound through the years, I found myself enjoying this project way more than I thought I would.

Sounds Like: 
A shoegaze jam band
Sounds Like: 
The Cure (ish like Disintegration era)
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2015

V

Artist: 
Wavves
Label: 
Warner Bros. Records

Wavves takes a step back to the days of King of the Beach with their new album V.  This album is nothing new but is the classic head banging beach punk that we all know and love.  An interesting note that V has an overall theme of bad choices and hangovers, giving it the signature Wavves feel of a depressed guy writing music with good vibes.  Great album to put on for some upbeat fun punk and easy to listen to.  

PS all the songs sound pretty similar

Sounds Like: 
Fidlar
Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Name: 
Kyle Lough
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2015
Artist: 
Young Fathers
Label: 
Big Dada

Young Father is a Scottish hip-hop trio. It is really hard to categorize them as just a hip-hop group. This album contains a lot of experimental pop and soul oriented songs. They have a very lo-fi sound. Some of the songs even have some almost spoken word verses. I would go as far as saying this album is more lo-fi pop than hip-hop. What makes this album great is the blend of different musical styles which makes it so hard to catergorize. This very unique sound makes this album a must listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Really no other band similar sounding
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2015