Album Review: yllwblly – Land Lover

Boston musician yllwblly’s debut album Land Lover, out February 7, is at once grand and sparse, building a rich musical and lyrical landscape of acoustic guitars, smooth vocals and solid drums. Written during early mornings before the 23-year old’s day job, the record details the specific heartbreak of losing a foundational relationship, yet yllwblly’s four-year distance … More Album Review: yllwblly – Land Lover

Single: Moving In Slow – Pink Shirt

Miami alternative pop musician Laurent Chavannes – also known as Moving In Slow – kicked off 2020 with a glorious, warping single, titled “Pink Shirt,” on January 11. The track is beautiful, blending alternative tones with elements of indie pop to create an intricate and melting single. “Pink Shirt” opens with a pretty, simple guitar … More Single: Moving In Slow – Pink Shirt

Single: Katrina Cain – Promised Land

Recent LA transplant Katrina Cain is no stranger to the music industry, having been a contestant on NBC’s The Voice earlier in her career, and the singer-songwriter’s latest single is no exception. “Promised Land,” released on Friday, December 13, oozes with glistening synthesizer, warm vocals and encouraging optimism. As far as pop songs go, “Promised … More Single: Katrina Cain – Promised Land

EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Columbus indie band Trying released a surprisingly intense, wonderfully catchy set of tracks with its second EP of 2019, titled I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm, on Friday, December 6. Though the release clocks in at just over 10 minutes, it is remarkable, featuring haunting verses, beautiful clarinet melodies and much more noise than usual. … More EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Brighton indie dream-pop quartet Nature TV‘s latest EP, released on November 29 on Heist or Hit, is simultaneously vulnerable and upbeat. Emotion Sickness covers themes from love to heartbreak as the EP moves between languidly mellow tracks and bubbly, bright ones. Yet the entire record is cohesive, tied together with frontman Guy Bangham’s smooth, rich … More EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

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

Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

Indie folk-pop musician Rosa Bordallo will release her first record under her own name on Friday, October 18 on Time Castle Recordings. Reef Walker was written entirely by Bordallo and explores themes of identity and community while moving through ten grungy, folky tracks that become progressively more eerie and gritty as the album progresses. It’s not difficult … More Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

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

Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Brooklyn four-piece Stolen Jars has evolved from a New Jersey high-school bedroom project to an important piece of the Brooklyn DIY music scene; that growth is apparent in the band’s third full-length record, A Reminder, out Friday, October 11. Each track is carefully constructed so as to provide a detailed narrative of love and loss, and … More Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Edinburgh five-piece Storm the Palace defies genre labels on its second and newest full-length record, Delicious Monster, out October 4. It is an album that moves between intensity and ambient music with ease, capturing a year of emotion into a record that is simultaneously cathartic and enjoyable. Perhaps the most impressive quality about Delicious Monster is this … More Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster