Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Philadelphia folk-rock band Stella Ruze will debut a warm, energizing full-length record with the release of The Greater Dog on Friday, January 17. The band itself is large, featuring seven members, and the ten tracks on The Greater Dog often exhibit unique combinations of tones and textures. Still, the band maintains a commitment to a classic folk-rock sound. … More Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Ohio space-rock group XL427 welcomed in the new year with a haunting sophomore record release: Thee Attack, out January 3, 2020, on Poptek Records, features nine spacey rock tracks packed chock-full of shoegaze and melancholy. Thee Attack arrives over a decade after XL427’s debut; the group’s first album, Yesterdays Forever, was released in 2009, and … More Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

Columbus post-punk band hidden places’ latest album, the circle is not round, is heavier and punkier than the trio’s previous work. Released on December 6, the album features eight percussive tracks and is just over 25 minutes long, showcasing dry vocals, driving percussion and low bass lines. hidden places’ the circle is not round features all of the … More Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Columbus indie band Trying released a surprisingly intense, wonderfully catchy set of tracks with its second EP of 2019, titled I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm, on Friday, December 6. Though the release clocks in at just over 10 minutes, it is remarkable, featuring haunting verses, beautiful clarinet melodies and much more noise than usual. … More EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Brighton indie dream-pop quartet Nature TV‘s latest EP, released on November 29 on Heist or Hit, is simultaneously vulnerable and upbeat. Emotion Sickness covers themes from love to heartbreak as the EP moves between languidly mellow tracks and bubbly, bright ones. Yet the entire record is cohesive, tied together with frontman Guy Bangham’s smooth, rich … More EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time

Irish art-folk musician Maija Sofia wrote her debut full-length album in the time leading up to Ireland’s decision to repeal the 8th Amendment on abortion. Stemming from deep contemplation about the subjugation of women, Bath Time, out Friday, November 22 on Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records, examines women who have been silenced and misrepresented throughout time … More Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time

EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Though One Less Bastard, the new EP out November 8 from London alternative pop-rock band Organised Scum, features sophisticated, political lyrical content, its lyrics are (both “intentionally and unintentionally,” according to the band) largely unintelligible behind a mask of distorted vocals, grungy guitars and heady drum rhythms. One Less Bastard tackles the social and political … More EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Multi-instrumentalist and Columbus musician Zach Frost released his sophomore EP, titled Bucket List, on Friday, November 1. Packed with five moving indie-rock tracks, the EP moves swiftly from heavy, thrilling guitar chords to introspective piano melodies, all while maintaining the same sense of thoughtfulness. Frost’s musical history is evident on the EP – he has plenty … More Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Album Premiere: Spartan Jet-Plex – Resurrected

Spartan Jet-Plex, also known as Nancy Kells, a dark experimental folk musician and collective member and facilitator of Grimalkin Records, released their latest and perhaps spookiest record on Thursday, October 31. Titled Resurrected, the new album lies somewhere between folk and electronica as it explores intensely eerie social and political themes. Resurrected is spine-tingling and captivating right … More Album Premiere: Spartan Jet-Plex – Resurrected

EP Review: Llovers – Things That I Don’t Understand

United Kingdom psych-pop group Llovers, who have already received widespread acclaim both online and on the radio, will debut their first EP, titled Things That I Don’t Understand, on Wednesday, October 30 on Think Tank? Records. It’s a shimmering pop record that moves from feeling highly electronic to seeming more mellow, though Llovers’ music is strong … More EP Review: Llovers – Things That I Don’t Understand