Folk

Artist: 
Makar
Label: 
Self-Released

With an album like this the album has to be good! It takes courage to use chiller font. The songs on here are all pretty similar but at least they're semi strong.  The vocals are really charming and the bass lines are really licky and tight. There's nothing too special about this but overall it's a laid back and enjoyable listen.

Sounds Like: 
every electric indie folk band
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Kadhja Bonet
Label: 
Fat Possum

Kadhja Bonet’s debut album, The Visitor, has a very other world, beautiful, sci-fi feel to it. After listening to it two times, I kind of got a little bossa nova vibe—but in a super light sense. I did some research and Bonet was trained in a classic style of music and she can play a ton of instruments. She plays most of the instruments on this album, wrote every song except the melody on one track, and SHE PRODUCED IT. Dope. Dope. Dope.

Sounds Like: 
soundtrack to a lucid dream
Sounds Like: 
angels singing in space
Sounds Like: 
bossa nova
Name: 
Alessandra Posada
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2016
Artist: 
Arkona
Label: 
Sound Age Productions

Vozrozhdenie was Arkona's debut album, and was recently re-released by Sound Age Productions. Not wholly a bad decision, because for a debut album, Vozrozhdenie does well in encapsulating Arkona's sound. The album begins with more windy and synthetic sounds, clean vocals accompanying those, but progresses into their heavier and more well-known metal sound. Masha Scream of course presents beautiful female vocals as well as her surprising ability to growl like a demon.

Sounds Like: 
Korpiklaani
Sounds Like: 
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Name: 
Kenny
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2016
Artist: 
Carina
Label: 
Moon Studios

July 28th by Carina is hard to place on the music spectrum. The string instruments mixed with organs and drums carry a country-esque vibe, but the vocals are breathy and jazzy in a way that is definitely not country. Perhaps "blues." I suppose this is in the realm of coffee shop music, but it's got enough varied instrumentations to be more complex than a simple singer/songwriter with a guitar. 

Sounds Like: 
Gail from Bob's Burgers when she sings in that one high school reunion episode
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Holy Sons
Label: 
Partisan Records

An atmosphere of flowing alternative that takes a laid-back approach. Like a sunset lit drive, in some place or another, probably the desert or nearby forest and plains.

Sounds Like: 
Grails
Sounds Like: 
Arbouretum
Sounds Like: 
Father John Misty
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Various
Label: 
American Laundromat

    Covering Elliott Smith is a daunting task.

Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith- common now.
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Alsarah and the Nebatones
Label: 
Wonderwheel Recordings

Alsarah and the Nubatones unite to produce their second full-lenght album after 2014's Still, their new collection being titled Manara.

Sounds Like: 
Khyam Allami
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Jordan Klassen
Label: 
Nevado Music Inc.

Javelin by Jordan Klassen is absolutely ethereal. The album has ten songs, most of which utilize calm and ambient instrumental riffs underneath controlled and powerful melodies. It's hypnotic. The information sent to the station claims that the album has "jittery percussion... potent backbeat, swirl of clicks & thrums that build into a clear-eyed epiphany." One of those times where that cliche 'I couldn't have said it better myself' comes into play. Every song on this album belongs on a movie soundtrack. 

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2016
Artist: 
Kyle Craft
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

I personally did not enjoy this album, I thought all the tracks on this album sound the same and it felt like i was listening to the same song over and over. Kyle Craft has a similar sound to George Ezra and Jay Bartell. Which is just a guy singing sentimental lyrics while playing the guitar, except Kyle Craft has a more southern feel to his music.

 
Sounds Like: 
George Ezra
Sounds Like: 
Jay Bartell
Name: 
Aerin Mazza
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2016
Artist: 
Okkervil River
Label: 
ATO

For almost 15 years, Will Sheff has quietly made a convincing case of being the best lyricist of the new millenia. With a subtly brash wit and a Faulknerian sense of gothic tragedy, his band Okkervil River has made some of the most equally compelling music of the 21st century as well. For Okkervil River's first album in three years, Away, Sheff has completely replaced all musicians in the band (save for drummer Cully Symington).

Sounds Like: 
Mountain Goats
Sounds Like: 
Van Morrison
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016