EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Despite its gentle indie music, Athens musician no stars‘ debut EP, Ripping off the Tags, is strong, both sonically and lyrically. Out July 5, the six tracks range in tempo from subdued to bouncy, but several musical constants – gorgeous harmonies, lo-fi guitar strumming and consistent drum beats – maintain a sense of beauty throughout. Ripping … More EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

EP Review: Hannah Who – Living Color

Blending modern and vintage sounds, “edge pop” trio Hannah Who‘s latest double-single release (“Living Color” and “Vanity Fair,” out July 8) is meant to sonically emulate the imagery of a romantic ’80s movie, according to the Texas band. The two poppy tracks are effortlessly catchy and idyllic, using cool guitar and bass melodies, smooth vocals … More EP Review: Hannah Who – Living Color

EP Review: Giant in the Lighthouse – Waving

Massachusetts alternative duo Giant in the Lighthouse met in 2014 and bonded instantly over a desire to care about something – to create more than the ironic apathy that so often permeates local music scenes. Now, after one demo EP, the two are ready to make an official introduction to the music world through their debut … More EP Review: Giant in the Lighthouse – Waving

EP Review: Hazel Bloom – Space Between Words on a Page

Hazel Bloom‘s latest alternative pop EP, Space Between Words on a Page, comprises five ultimate chill pop tracks, two new and three singles. Released Friday, June 14, the EP solidifies Hazel Bloom’s identity as a solo musician, and while it is all exciting, catchy and on-trend, Hazel Bloom maintains a uniqueness and individuality and provides listeners … More EP Review: Hazel Bloom – Space Between Words on a Page

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

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