Neo-psychedelia

Artist: 
Kauf
Label: 
One Half

On his newest album, Regrowth, Kauf enters the dark and mysterious recesses of the mind that very few people dare to travel. Just like every search for self-discovery, the journey is dark but beautiful at the same time. The opening track, "Pacify," could be compared to slowly falling asleep, but waking up only to find yourself in a world unlike any other. The mysterious, dreamy sound builds layer by layer, adding glistening synths, droning basses, and ambient drums.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Columbia Records

After four years of silence, MGMT has returned to the music scene with their newest song, "Little Dark Age." For those who may have been worrying about the band losing their touch, I can honestly say that there is nothing to worry about. MGMT revives their signature style, which proves to have stood the test of time, to create an atmosphere that's dark, moody, and dramatic; but it is nothing less than brilliant. The song opens with gentle, plucky synths that sound playful, and sparks the curiosity of listeners.

Sounds Like: 
Empire of the Sun
Sounds Like: 
The M Machine
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Young Rival
Label: 
Paper Bag Records

The third full-length album by Canadian indie-rockers Young Rival is very enjoyable to listen to. I hate when each song on an LP sounds basically the same, which is most definitely not the case with Interior Light. From dancy, psychedelic tunes, like the title track, to slower ones, such as "Where's It All Going," there is a huge range of stylistic expressions amongst these 11 songs. I wouldn't listen to this album to feel a deep emotional connection, but rather if you want to experience a light, catchy vibe.

Sounds Like: 
lead singer's voice reminds me of king tuff
Sounds Like: 
vaguely reminiscent of currents
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
11/23/2015
Artist: 
Of Montreal
Label: 
Polyvinyl Records

After the much meeker album lousy with sylianbriar Of Montreal's thirteeth album, Aureate Gloom, has taken an interesting turn towards a brasher sound. Kevin Barnes spoke about the large 70s New York City influence on this album with artists like Patti Smith and Television. Lyrically Aureate Gloom is a lot more personal compared to the more spacey older album. With somewhat confessional lyrics it seems more real and intimate.

Sounds Like: 
Television
Sounds Like: 
Of Montreal (around Hissing Fauna time)
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Dan Deacon
Label: 
Domino Records

Dan Deacon is an experimental electronic music producer, singer and composer. He is known for his layers of fuzzy, glitchy and distorted electronic pop. So far, I really haven’t particularly enjoyed his past records. I have just felt like there were too many layers of sounds going on to really have a good experience. His latest record “Gliss Riffer” might be his most complete record to date.

Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear
Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Gold Panda
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2015
Artist: 
The String Cheese Incident
Label: 
SCI Fidelity

The Strong Cheese Incident is a wacky mix of quite a few genres including bluegrass, indie-rock, jazz, afro-pop, and plenty more. And these genres frequently change within a song. For example the first song Colorado Bluebird Sky, it starts and you think “oh this is kinda country-like, nice banjo” then BAM, cue guitar solo. Though it meshes pretty well surprisingly. When they sing the lyrics “Colorado Bluebird Sky” it really reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd in “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Sounds Like: 
Widespread Panic
Sounds Like: 
Dave Matthews Band
Sounds Like: 
Big Smith
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2014
Artist: 
King Tuff
Label: 
Sub Pop

Pretty straightforward - this is a rad album. Good blend of neo-psychedelia with garage rock. Catchy tunes, pretty upbeat, and psychedelic distortions on the vocals. There is some good variety in here too, some pop songs and some more indie-sounding songs and then the more garage-oriented stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Jay Reatard
Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2012
Artist: 
Spiritualized
Label: 
Double Six Records

 Spiritualized is a space rock band from the 90's who gained critical acclaim in 1997 for their album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space". This album is pretty cool, and deifintely is a more poppy version of their past work. It utilizes piano and rhythm guitar to make a more pop centered ambiance to their past use of pedals and sound effects to creat their "space psychedelic" feel. The only problem is the best tracks on the album are a little long, sometimes topping in around 8-9 minutes. Not solid for a radio show.

Sounds Like: 
Flaming Lips
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Sounds Like: 
Elton John (I know, but forreal tho)
Name: 
Andrew West
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2012
Artist: 
Foster the People
Label: 
Columbia

If you haven't heard their hit "Pumped Up Kicks" you are probably living in a cave.  "Pumped Up Kicks" from this debut album Torches is the 2011 hit of the summer that is still getting plenty of airplay on a majority of the Tucson radio stations as a crossover hit. This album is awesome, especially for a debut album since the band formed recently in 2009 in LA. You can definitely hear similarities between Foster the People and MGMT because they both fall under the indietronica and neo-psychedelia subgenres.

Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club, Strange Talk, The Naked and Famous, MGMT, Phoenix
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2011
Artist: 
Kasabian
Label: 
Columbia

Every few months, or maybe once in a lifetime, you come across the perfect sound. It rumbles in slowly, and then hits like a hurricane — your mind blows away in the strong winds of the guitar and harmonies. Soon enough, you just lose yourself in the music. This is one way I would describe the sounds created by Kasabian.

Sounds Like: 
Oasis
Sounds Like: 
Snow Patrol
Name: 
Greg Gonzales
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2011
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