Album Review: Adir L.C. – Basket Star

Multi-instrumentalist Adir L.C. returns on Friday, May 17 with his newest indie folk-rock record, Basket Star, released on Birdwatcher Records. It’s a complex and enticing album, yet despite the incredibly intricate layers of sound, Adir maintains a faithful honesty to himself and his craft throughout. Basket Star‘s defining feature is its complexity; each track’s intricate layers of … More Album Review: Adir L.C. – Basket Star

EP Review: Misty Mtn – Missed Your Call EP

Brooklyn couple Morissa Trunzo and Lucas Segall, who make music as Misty Mtn, released their debut “dark mountain pop” EP, titled Missed Your Call, on Thursday, May 9. It’s a strong start to the band’s discography, full of catchy melodies and languid synth, and its five tracks are deep, luscious and mesmerizing. The EP opens with what … More EP Review: Misty Mtn – Missed Your Call EP

Album Review: Pheeyownah – SILVER

Swedish and Ugandan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Pheeyownah‘s debut album, SILVER, was released on Friday, May 3 and marked a strong start to the musician’s discography. Packed full of R&B instrumentals and driving percussion, SILVER is nothing short of mesmerizing. The influence of Pheeyownah’s history as a dancer is clear on nearly every track. Her music is … More Album Review: Pheeyownah – SILVER

Album Review: Field Medic – fade into the dawn

Each of the ten tracks on bedroom-folk artist Field Medic‘s upcoming release, fade into the dawn, is a bite-sized study in vulnerability. The record, out on Run For Cover Records, is due for release on April 19, though it has been available for purchase through Bandcamp since April 15, and the album details musician Kevin Patrick’s … More Album Review: Field Medic – fade into the dawn

Album Review: Earthquake Lights – Distress Signals

New York rock quintet Earthquake Lights‘ jazz background is apparent in every second of its latest album, Distress Signals, which was self-released on April 12. The record’s ten tracks are barely defined as alternative rock, featuring a neat blend of indie rock, R&B, jazz and even touches of classical music, but everything about it is rich … More Album Review: Earthquake Lights – Distress Signals

Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

Mike Mains & The Branches returned April 5 with the band’s most intimate record to date, titled When We Were in Love. It’s a personal account of marriage and the rough patches that come with it, and it is made all the more volatile by the fact that Shannon and Mike Mains, two members of the … More Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

EP Review: Ames – My Name Is Ames

Songwriter Ames’ debut EP, My Name Is Ames, achieves a strikingly intimate disposition across its six alternative pop tracks. Out Friday, April 5 on Mateo Sound, My Name Is Ames strikes a clean balance of moving lyrics and upbeat synth instrumentals on an EP with overall near-flawless production. The EP opens on a highly emotional note: “Old Hero”, … More EP Review: Ames – My Name Is Ames

EP Review: Sam Craighead – Self-Portrait w/Fries

Columbus alternative-pop artist Sam Craighead expertly balances reality and sardonic wit on his new EP, Self-Portrait w/Fries, released March 22 on Head2Wall Records. His sound may be lighthearted and upbeat, but Craighead utilizes lyrics that are both humorous and reflective to create a jarring contrast, covering content from eating at a fast-food restaurant to masculinity. The musical … More EP Review: Sam Craighead – Self-Portrait w/Fries

EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

Though it is their first, LA indie rock band Liily‘s I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP marks a strong start for the quartet. It consists of six rollicking, punky tracks with an almost unrivaled intensity and energy as the group rocks its way through the 22 minutes of music. The EP is enthusiastic if nothing … More EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town