Pop

Artist: 
Night Talks
Label: 
Independent

Soraya Sebghati, Jacob Butler (guitar), and brothers Josh (bass) and Cris (drums) Arteaga make up Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Night Talks. In Dreams kicked off with this tasty treat titled 4×4. It was a spectacular song which left me completely captivated.

Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Sounds Like: 
The Cardigans
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
CastleComer
Label: 
Self-Released

Castlecomer’s self-released All of The Noise EP is your alternative pop fix. This band reminds me a lot of Bad Suns and Two Door Cinema Club, super poppy beats with cool electric guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Keaton Conrad
Label: 
Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad is a 17-year-old musician from Kansas who according to his promotional material is known for "infusing indie rock with...house, jazz, and hip-hop". He also cites influence from "Neon Indian, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Chet Faker". I completely wrote him off when I read that synopsis, it was obviously going to be terrible, but then I listened to the album last night. I can't say it's a good record, but there are redeeming qualities.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Goldfrapp
Label: 
Mute

Goldfrapp's "Lovely Head" was the song that introduced them to the world. That song and a long history of occasional skim-throughs of their reviews had led me to believe that all their songs traded in downtempo electronics, trip hop, and folk. I've never been enamored with "Lovely Head", and so I thought they weren't for me. Imagine my surprise when I heard this new song, which some might classify as a "banger". It's a driving, catchy, synth pop track where fat slabs of synth that purr and slide, underneath ethereal vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Ladytron
Sounds Like: 
Little Boots
Sounds Like: 
Róisín Murphy
Sounds Like: 
Röyksopp
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2017
Artist: 
Dolly Spartans
Label: 
Noble Media

The alternative garage band Dolly Spartans, comes from the cool New York City, making music with memorable and catchy sounds. They are not like other New York bands that want to pretend they are cool, Dolly Spartans are COOL. First of all, the cover of their latest drop Time Sides With No One EP is like a Monet inspired aqua dream and the only think cooler is their name, Dolly Spartans. Could it be Dolly Parton name if she was in the Roman Era? Besides the aesthetics of the band, their music is INCREDIBLE. They have a 90's old school sound.

Sounds Like: 
Non British, faster Arctic Monkeys
Sounds Like: 
Something Fresh
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Justice
Label: 
Ed Banger Records

My first impression of JUSTICE’s music is 80’s synth pop. It has some edgier drums in it, but it’s got many synth elements, weaker vocals, and slow fade-outs similar to that of popular 80’s music. These radio ready singles are from Justice’s third studio album. “Randy” is reminiscent of “Don’t You Want Me”, the 1981 hit from The Human League. It’s got a very distinct throwback vibe, and I think it really nails that mark.

Sounds Like: 
The Human League
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2017
Artist: 
Paper Pilots
Label: 
Honeymoon Drug Records

Paper Pilots' new EP "Automatic" is an upbeat, dance-y album perfect for the new year. The single, "Automatic" is a fun pop song you'll be singing for days after you hear it, just like the rest of the songs. There's also a radio edit version if you want a song that's 10 seconds shorter and doesn't sound very different from the original.  "The Weather" sounds like it belongs at the end of a happy movie. "Lovebird" is just a really cute song that may or may not be about a person or a bird. 

Sounds Like: 
Maroon 5
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
01/26/2017
Artist: 
Kero Kero Bonito
Label: 
Double Denim Records

Whenever I have to pick up my niece and nephew from school, I try to pick music for the ride home that is both something they could possibly like and also won't get me in trouble with their parents for exposing them to bad words. Last time, I decided I'd play them this new record from Kero Kero Bonito. I thought they would pick up on how fun Bonito Generation is, but instead they asked me "Do you listen to any normal music?". Needless to say I was offended. I thought kids liked pop music, but I guess they're into only Disney music, whatever.

Sounds Like: 
PC Music
Sounds Like: 
Carly Rae Jepson
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Sierra Amore
Label: 
Self-Released

This is a top 40 wannabe. It sounds like every song that would ever be played on mainstream radio. There is nothing fresh about it but saying it's bad would be rude. This isn't a bad song but it's not very good. The girl has a really gifted voice. It just is not fresh.

Sounds Like: 
Beyonce
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
Francis Cheer
Label: 
Self-Released

Francis Cheer (whose real name is John Francis Gerrad) is a musician from Calagary, Alberta. Francis had dabbled into music, releasing albums on soundcloud and bandcamp, while in his new, self-released album Black White and Grey it sounds like he is searching for something. At first, the album claimed to sound like Elliott Smith - a bold claim, but after listening it is justifiable. His lyrics, light guitar-driven composition, and sense of airiness give it dichotomy of cheery but underlying melocholy music.

Sounds Like: 
Elliot Smith
Sounds Like: 
Grandaddy
Name: 
Eric Lloyd Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016