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

EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 1

Just before a lineup change as drummer Trevor Joellenbeck joined The Bascinets, the Columbus indie-rock four-piece recorded a new jangle-pop EP, titled 378 Vol. 1. Dropped in July, the five-track record fits perfectly with both its summer release and these rainy almost-fall days; the bright guitar melodies are just sunny enough to blow away the fog. Read more: … More EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 1

Album Review: Bad Bad Hats – Lightning Round

Released earlier this month on Afternoon Records, Bad Bad Hats’ latest record is a whirlwind indie pop narrative of independence and dependence in relationships. It is only the band’s second release, but already, they sound confident and bold, mixing gritty elements with smooth synth melodies effortlessly. Frontwoman Kerry Alexander’s vocals are soft and sweet and … More Album Review: Bad Bad Hats – Lightning Round

EP Review: Charley James – Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?

Charley James graduated from high school and self-released an electropop EP in one fell swoop this summer. The EP, titled Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?, dropped on June 29. Its themes are familiar to any high school student, especially those who are slated to move to college in the fall: he sings about youth, first loves, and the … More EP Review: Charley James – Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?

EP Review: LAPYEAR – Comfort Underwater

London alternative-indie band LAPYEAR made its debut with its first ever EP, titled Comfort Underwater, on March 9. The four tracks sound vaguely like a blend of Neck Deep and Turnover and alternate between dreamy rock and leaning towards garage-y guitars. Despite alternating between soft, underwater-sounding guitar riffs and garagey vibes on each of the four tracks, … More EP Review: LAPYEAR – Comfort Underwater

Album Review: Riverhorse – Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?

There’s something haunting about the indie folk music on Riverhorse’s debut album, Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?. Whether the ghostly quality comes from gorgeously bittersweet melodies or frontman Brian Motyll’s husky vocals, the album makes Motyll’s heartbreak sound as if it has become universal. Who Gets The Last Laugh uses a variety of sounds to complete … More Album Review: Riverhorse – Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?