Album Review: Young Mister – Sudden Swoon

North Carolina singer-songwriter Steven Fiore – AKA Young Mister – put careful consideration into every detail of his new album, Sudden Swoon, out Friday, September 13, on Refresh Records. The album, an array of eleven folk-pop songs, is honest and authentic, and each song flows into the next because the record as a whole feels greater … More Album Review: Young Mister – Sudden Swoon

Album Review: Stella Emmett – Admirer

New York indie-pop artist Stella Emmett debuted a spacey, chillwave pop sound with the release of Admirer, her debut album, on Friday, August 23. Admirer is a shimmering summer record, and though it is easygoing and melodic, its 10 tracks are also intentional and captivating, built into dynamic layers of sound that shine and glisten. Stella Emmett – … More Album Review: Stella Emmett – Admirer

Single: Freda James – Her Hymn

In a stunning follow-up bonus single to her debut EP, A Woman Alone, which came out July 19, singer-songwriter Freda James released “Her Hymn” on Friday, August 23. “Her Hymn,” a gorgeously simple track, is somehow both ethereal and straightforward at the same time, using light instrumentals and smooth vocals to create a mesmerizing experience. To put … More Single: Freda James – Her Hymn

Single: Eighty Ninety – Got Your Message

Brooklyn brothers Eighty Ninety released yet another stunning track, this one titled “Got Your Message,” on Friday, August 16. “Got Your Message” is the second single from the indie-pop duo’s forthcoming sophomore EP, which comes shortly after the two signed a deal with Hard 8 Working Group. It’s a beautiful track marked by heartache and … More Single: Eighty Ninety – Got Your Message

Single: Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

California alt-pop outfit Margot Polo’s latest track maintains the musician’s synth-pop roots while incorporating organic rock threads and darker lyrics; “Let’s Get Out” is out August 9 and is Margot Polo’s first release of 2019. Its magnetic hooks and strong melodies make the song a near-perfect summer anthem, and musician David Provenzano blends in just … More Single: Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

Single: Kohla – T O U C H

“T O U C H,” electropop musician Kohla‘s latest single, out August 2 on Last Night From Glasgow, is a sultry take on chill pop, complete with smoky vocals; rhythmic, marching percussion; and dreamy, synth-filled background melodies. The track is near-hypnotic, featuring vaguely industrial percussion and waves of synth below alternative-electronic musician Rachel Alice Johnson’s … More Single: Kohla – T O U C H

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

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