Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news

Glasgow alternative quintet wojtek the bear captured both the music and the mood of the moment with its new single, “a long wait for bad news,” released July 19 on all music platforms via Scottish Fiction. While upbeat, poppy and effortlessly catchy, “a long wait for bad news” also conveys the anxieties about technology and social media … More Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news

Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

San Francisco pop quartet Imperial Teen returned to the music scene with Now We Are Timeless, their first new record since 2012, on Friday, July 12. Their latest record keeps with their trademark of dynamic pop hooks, though it delves into themes of crisis and catharsis rather than the beachier optimism of the band’s first record, 1996’s Seasick. … More Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

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

Q&A: Indie-pop musician JULA details debut single, beauty myths and upcoming EP

Indie pop musician JULA‘s debut single, “Leave,” is sophisticated in both sound and lyrical content – it’s layered yet unpretentious, deep yet straightforward, and JULA’s smooth, dark vocals shine against a resonant background instrumental as she croons about loneliness. However, “Leave” is only the beginning for JULA; she also has an EP, PHOENIX, coming out later … More Q&A: Indie-pop musician JULA details debut single, beauty myths and upcoming EP

Q&A: Merival talks debut album and lessons of vulnerability

Singer-songwriter Merival‘s debut album, Lesson, is full of swooning, dynamic melodies and gorgeously smooth vocals. Out June 21, the album pushes and pulls between tension and release as Merival – AKA Anna Horvath – attempts to make sense of life. After the release of Lesson, Anna talked with Indientry about the album, her musical and personal evolution … More Q&A: Merival talks debut album and lessons of vulnerability

Album Review: Flower Crown – Sundries

With a stunning follow-up to their first record, GLOW, Pittsburgh dream-pop band Flower Crown returned with the release of Sundries on Friday, May 24. It is a melodic, synth-filled album with beautiful production and desolate lyrics, and it strikes a unique balance between lazy and moving, languid and expressive. The echo and reverb on this record contribute to … More Album Review: Flower Crown – Sundries