Album Review: Toebow – Themes

Despite a healthy dose of weirdness, Brooklyn psych-pop quintet Toebow‘s forthcoming record is surprisingly accessible. Titled Themes, the album is out Friday, May 24 on Imaginator Records and follows Toebow’s 2018 EP, Spirit Mane. Its eight tracks shine with catchy melodies, fun music and vivid lyrics, yet the band is lighthearted and relaxed – and all of … More Album Review: Toebow – Themes

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

Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

Mike Mains & The Branches returned April 5 with the band’s most intimate record to date, titled When We Were in Love. It’s a personal account of marriage and the rough patches that come with it, and it is made all the more volatile by the fact that Shannon and Mike Mains, two members of the … More Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

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: Here’s To You – Wonder/Wander Phase: I

After spending three years writing, rewriting and recording a sophomore album, New York indie pop-rockers Here’s To You returned February 15 with their first release since 2015 and the first EP in a series of three that will eventually make up the band’s second record. This first installation, titled Wonder/Wander: Phase I, is a four-song foray into the … More EP Review: Here’s To You – Wonder/Wander Phase: I

Album Review: Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies – Room To Grow

Roughly three and a half years after their previous release, Toronto folk-pop band Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies released Room To Grow on October 4, 2018. It’s an eight-track, 28-minute folk-pop album, and although the first song is a light introduction to the rest of the record, the six-piece band quickly shows the depth of their … More Album Review: Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies – Room To Grow