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We got some good stuff this week, here’s my thoughts:
Pick of the Week: Robyn Dell’Unto I’m Here Every Night
- I’m a sucker for good female vocals, and Robyn Dell’Unto’s soft croon caught my attention. She’s got the sound of your classic indie chick and the quirk to compliment it. I really dug the adorable “Just a Bird” and “Be My”
Dot Dot Dot- II- I like this album because it seems to bridge the gap between modern rock and indie rock. The songs are catchy and upbeat. I recommend “Walking in a Straight Line” and “Stay”
The Hush Now- Shiver Me Starships- Indie pop isn’t really an original concept, but The Hush Now manages to put out a few good tracks such as “Daedalus Bound” and my personal favorite, “Vietnam Giraffe”.
Chromeo- Business Casual- If you liked Fancy Footwork, you will definitely enjoy the funky fresh tracks on this album. If you’re not familiar with their previous stuff, note that it’s high-quality “electrofunk” and make sure to check out the single “Night by Night” , “I’m Not Contagious” and “When the Night Falls”
Amusement Parks on Fire- Road Eyes- I put in this album and immediately wondered if Siversun Pickups had started a side project. The vocals on this album are nearly identical to the Pickups but certain tracks are much more ambient and ethereal. Worth giving a listen, especially “Road Eyes.”
Underworld- Barking- This group’s been around for around 30 years and still manage to put out a modern electro sound. “Always Loved a Film” makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a club scene.
Aaron Thompson- Aaron Thompson- To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised with this album. Thompson puts an emphasis on the music by using subtle vocals and maintains a good balance between acoustics and electronic components. It made me feel relaxed and although it has a folksy sound on certain tracks (which everyone seems to be doing these days), it doesn’t seem forced. Check out “Bethany Lane” and “Solitude”
So guys, what do you think? Send me a review of some new music and as I’ve mentioned before, I’ll reward you at the next station meeting.
Quick Reviews By Ethan
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
Pop-punk. Indie Rock. Very upbeat, high tempo rock. I’m not a fan of this genre, but anyone looking to put some new pop-punk into their personal library should look into this album. Check out the first track called “Digging for Something”.
Lazerbeak – Legend Recognize Legend
Electro-rock/electropop. The first two tracks of this album speaks volumes (ha… get it?) about this album. While both are on the abstract side the first track “Dream Team” is upbeat but the second track “Land’s End” is darker and slower (reminds me of some of Skinny Puppy’s work) and the album continues to be very diverse in this way until the end. Recommended tracks #1, 3, 4, 6, 8.
Riyl: Doomtree, Passion Pit, Plastic Constellation.
Alrighty guys, here’s my thoughts for this week’s new music:
My album of the week is Electric Sunset. If you’re a fan of Neon Indian or vocals from the Bravery, check this guy out. He’s got a good mix of synth and guitar riffs. Track recommendation: “Soda”
Black Mountain- Wilderness Heart- In an age where everyone tries to be edgy, Black Mountain focuses more on improving the concept of rock. You’ll catch inspiration from 80’s punk, 70’s classic, and modern-day rock that blends together nicely. Recommended track: “Radiant Hearts”
Breakbot-Baby I’m Yours Single- Never mind the hipster-looking man behind it. The disco sound of this track (or tracks, I guess, there are five versions of it) is extremely danceable and brings back the concept of funk. An amateur funk enthusiast myself, I found this track to be refreshing.
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s- Buzzard- A melodic yet slow set of songs, Buzzard shows wit and a talent for choruses. I like “Tiny Vampire Robot” but watch for indecencies. The lyrics are hard to find, so you might want to preview tracks before playing them on air.
Other albums to note:
Dan Mangan: Good indie-folk rock that’s easy to listen to. Track Recommendation: “The Indie Queens Are Waiting”
Buxter Hoot’n- If you like folk or country music, give it a listen. These guys know how to use actual stringed instruments (awesome, I know) for a melodic country feel.
The Either/Orchestra- Mood Music for Time Travellers- They’ve been together a while, but they still know how to put out a good jazzy jam. I liked “The (one of a kind) Shimmy.” Good album to play during studying/homework.
The Graduate-Only Every Time- Warped Tour attendees and fans of Circa Survive will probably enjoy this rock album. It’s not for the indie kids, but I wasn’t against the rock sound of this group that’s touring with my guilty pleasure band (make fun of me all you want), Ludo.
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Like Folk Music?
Check out Neptune’s Car. Acoustic folk/country. Very smooth. I recommend “Strawberry Moon.”
A Few Recommendations from Ethan
We Know Mason – Tread Carefully
Generic Rock. Definitely influenced by classic rock and older acoustic rock. The vocalist has a very mick jagger feel on some of the louder songs and at times reminds me of Dylan on the softer, acoustic tunes. Personally I like tracks 1, 7, and 9.
Various – Jerry Jams for Rex (Various bands playing Grateful Dead songs live)
Anyone that is a fan of the Grateful Dead can pick this album up and enjoy it. For those not familiar with the work of The Dead or Jerry Garcia, you will be greeted with a wide variety of textures and sounds. There is a good chance that you can learn to enjoy at least a few songs off this album. The two songs that stood out the most for me were The String Cheese Incident with their 13-minute jazz, folk, rock fusion version on “Eyes of the World” and Widespread Panic’s version of “Cream Puff War”.
Thanks to Mr. Jackson-
Mumford & Sons - Sigh no more: Upbeat, Thoughful Folk song sung by
English indie group. Songs that make you feel sad, but are decisively
beautiful and great to listen to. Track 13 is the radio cut of the
Jukebox The Ghost - Everything Under the Sun: Indie Piano-Driven Pop
with catchy lyrics. Their first effort “Live & Let Ghost” was filled
with catchy, creative songs with great lyrics. The quality is still
there this time, but draws much more from similar artists like Ben
The Glitch Mob - Drink The Sea: Technically released this summer (This
one is already back in the library), The Glitch Mob is excellent
instrumental (save for a few songs) electronic. They have a lot of
great remixes on their website. Check out the track “The Shortest
Distance Between 2 Points”