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

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

EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Los Angeles indie-pop musician Girl Wilde debuted a chaotic, bubbly Probably Crying EP on Friday, October 11. Probably Crying comprises three previously released singles, two new tracks and a whole lot of grungy pop music; the end result is mesmerizing. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Probably Crying is its contrast between bubblegum and grunge, between catchy pop … More EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

EP Review: floral print – floral print

Following Atlanta band floral print‘s label debut in October 2017, the band’s experimental rock floral print EP feels neurotic, chaotic and intentionally disjointed. Out August 2 on Tiny Engines, the EP lurches its way through six hypnotizing yet jarring tracks as the musical trio shakes out their jitters. Though jarring, floral print’s self-titled EP is not off-putting; … More EP Review: floral print – floral print

EP Review: Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

Columbus indie-pop passion project Trying appears softer than its previous work on I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm, its latest EP and the first installment of its second album, which will comprise this release, another EP and some additional tracks. I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm, out July 26, is an altogether-too-short, leave-fans-craving-more collection of four charming, … More EP Review: Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

EP Reviews: Sarah Jaffe – This is Better, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

American singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe tackled grief on a surprisingly sparse set of companion EPs, This is Better, Pt. 1 and This Is Better, Pt. 2, out July 19 on Kirtland Records. The pair of releases is less folky and more electronic, but their combined seven tracks are still surprisingly intimate as Jaffe delves into grief and overcoming it. The lack of … More EP Reviews: Sarah Jaffe – This is Better, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

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