Just before a lineup change as drummer Trevor Joellenbeck joined The Bascinets, the Columbus indie-rock four-piece recorded a new jangle-pop EP, titled 378 Vol. 1. Dropped in July, the five-track record fits perfectly with both its summer release and these rainy almost-fall days; the bright guitar melodies are just sunny enough to blow away the fog. Read more: … More EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 1
After announcing the retirement of his synth-pop project Say Hi in 2017, Eric Elbogen – also the mastermind behind Werewolf Diskdrive – has brought Say Hi back for one more record. … More Album Review: Say Hi – Caterpillar Centipede
Ontario-based pop-punk band Otherwives made a strong musical debut earlier this year with the release of its first EP, Grace. With intricate yet nicely-balanced instrumentals and strong, not-quite-nasally vocals, the music is catchy and the melodies are unexpected and cool. There are a lot of moving parts, yet they all fit together quite nicely in a … More EP Review: Otherwives – Grace
“Sibling pop duo” Klashing Black, out of Northwest Ohio, dropped their debut full-length album, Who We Were. Who We Are. last Friday, August 17. Smooth lyrics deal with nostalgia, growing up, and the classic and ever-constant theme of change as the background is filled with either rich synth or mellow guitar picking and ’80s-inspired drum beats. … More Album Review: Klashing Black – Who We Were. Who We Are.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of EXNATIONS‘ Tiny Sound In The Dark EP, due for release tomorrow, is not its classic synth or its poppy melodies; it is the EP’s impressive cohesion, despite the fact that all three band members were rarely in the same place at the same time. According to the band’s bio, frontman … More EP Review: EXNATIONS – Tiny Sound In The Dark
Released earlier this month on Afternoon Records, Bad Bad Hats’ latest record is a whirlwind indie pop narrative of independence and dependence in relationships. It is only the band’s second release, but already, they sound confident and bold, mixing gritty elements with smooth synth melodies effortlessly. Frontwoman Kerry Alexander’s vocals are soft and sweet and … More Album Review: Bad Bad Hats – Lightning Round
Holly Rees’s recently-released EP, Slow Down, is a quick folk journey through loneliness, love, and heartbreak. Rees is accompanied by only her acoustic guitar and the occasional percussion on these five tracks, and the result is authentic and emotional. The release of the EP also kicks off her Northern Tour with Matt Dunbar, who also happened … More EP Review: Holly Rees – Slow Down
Charley James graduated from high school and self-released an electropop EP in one fell swoop this summer. The EP, titled Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?, dropped on June 29. Its themes are familiar to any high school student, especially those who are slated to move to college in the fall: he sings about youth, first loves, and the … More EP Review: Charley James – Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?
Irish alt-rockers Ghost Accuser aim to provide “something solid” for listeners; on their latest album, Empty Orchestra, they have done just that. Ten punky alternative rock songs come together to make a cohesively dusky record, and the band’s claim that it brings together aspects of music from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and The … More Album Review: Ghost Accuser – Empty Orchestra
In a world that’s ever-so-harsh, sometimes the only way to cope is by appreciating beautiful things, no matter what form that appreciation comes in: art, people, food, music, et cetera. With his latest album, We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight, hereby referred to as Coloured Moths for short, London-based singer-songwriter Valerio Lysander has created exactly … More Album Review: Valerio Lysander – We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight