Folk

Rangeline

Artist: 
Joel Levi
Label: 
Self-Released

This is a very chill album with quality vocals by Joel Levi, and accompaniment by his folk-rock band. Overall, this is a very dynamic album featuring select tracks that are somber and sweet, and other tracks which are more rock-esque. The lyrical composition of all the songs is very sincere and contemplative, making this album all the more sentimental. This album is not wildly bubbly or fist-pump-able, but as I mentioned, there are a few good folk-rock tracks that balance out the softer ones.

Sounds Like: 
Ryan Adams
Sounds Like: 
Dawes
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

Sacraficial

Artist: 
Ancient Wisdom
Label: 
Magic Bullet Records

Not an intense Metal Album, it actually sounds a lot like classic 80s Metallica metal – most song intros are folk guitar inspired which is pretty cool. The vocals sound punk rock inspired, but the guitar definitely takes the focus in most of the songs. They also talk about sacrifice a lot if that’s what you’re into.

Sounds Like: 
Winter Cresent
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2014

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

Artist: 
Mirel Wagner
Label: 
Sub Pop

This is a good example of an album that is perfect in its simplicity. Each track consists of mostly one guitar track and one vocal track. Every song is slow but I wouldn’t want then any faster. It is innocent, bittersweet and beautiful. Listening to this album slows down your brain and forces your brain into slow motion while it passes through thoughts of the beauty of human realism. 

Sounds Like: 
House of Wolves
Sounds Like: 
Tiny Ruins
Sounds Like: 
Adrian Crowley
Name: 
Matthew Nielsen
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2014

Ten Hand Band

Artist: 
Balval
Label: 
Whaling City Sound

Balval is a folk/alternative group from France. It is difficult to categorize them because they are more than just folk and alternative, they have a unique quality that makes their music difficult to define, but it is very cool. It is a very laid back and chill album. Electric guitar, bass, violin, and both French & English lyrics can be heard throughout the entire album. Be sure to give this band a shot, good coffee shop type music.

Sounds Like: 
D. Mizrahi
Sounds Like: 
P. Gigon
Name: 
Michael Robert Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2014

A Family of Tree Farmers

Artist: 
Blackpoint
Label: 
Blackpoint

Blackpoint is a North Carolina based indie band originally created as a

collective of local musicians designed to work with a variety of genres and styles.

The band has since evolved into a core four-piece band. Among the new songs

are two originals and two covers, including songs originally done by Badfinger

and Sufjan Stevens. Although there are only four tracks, they complete the album.

It was just enough to display their potential as musicians. Blackpoint are on point.

 

Sounds Like: 
Band of Horses
Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters and Men
Name: 
Sivanne Almog
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2014

Continuum

Artist: 
Michael Barry-Rec
Label: 
Self-Released
Sounds Like: 
Probably a lot of other alt stuff
Sounds Like: 
Some cats who took a few lessons and decided to go do something pretty with it
Sounds Like: 
#2cats
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2014

Golgotha

Artist: 
Human Behavior
Label: 
Folktale Records

Music: belongs in children's TV shows, sunshine, rainbows, banjo, folk, happy
Lyrics: twisted, will give you nightmares, scary, gory

Sounds Like: 
Kimya Dawson
Sounds Like: 
The Moldy Peaches
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2014

The Hand You Deal Yourself

Artist: 
Lily and the Tigers
Label: 
NONE

Here's an Indie folk band. And Indie as in independent indie, as in they don't have a label. This album was completely funded through kickstarter which is pretty neat. The trio Adam Mincey, Casey Hood, and Jared Pepper recorded "The Hand You Deal Yourself" in Vermont where they spent the day recording, and the evenings camping under the stars. The sound resembles the feeling one would get from camping with friends and just relaxing.

Sounds Like: 
The Mumlers
Sounds Like: 
Angel Olsen
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2014

Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One

Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
ATO Records

It seems most tribute albums usually feature a couple of big name bands and a bunch of rather boring and uninteresting covers and Bob Dylan in the 80s is no exception to this unwritten rule, but nestled amongst the bland Dylan covers lie some real gems. Veteran indie rockers Built to Spill never fail to disapoint and do an excellent cover of "Jokerman" and Carl Bromel and Dawn Landes both do lovely folksy covers of "Death Is Not The End" and "Dark Eyes" respectively.

Sounds Like: 
A bunch of alright (and a few great) indie bands covering Bob Dylan songs you probably don't know
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2014

Water Liars

Artist: 
Water Liars
Label: 
Big Legal Mess Records

For their third self-titled album, Water Liars has embraced a more folk-rock sound than their previous, more mellow & acoustic album, Wyoming. Water Liars still stays true to their original sound, but really adds and incorporates more folk-rock into their soulful tunes.  If you are looking for a more sweet and sentimental song with lovely lyrics, check out track 5 (“Let It Breath”); for more of a folk-rock feel, check out tracks 1, 2, & 7 which include electric guitar and a noisy drum beat, which distinguishes this new album from the last.

Sounds Like: 
Kingsley Flood
Sounds Like: 
The Maldives
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014