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
In a stunning follow-up to their EP 378 Vol. 1, Columbus post-punk band The Bascinets has returned with their second EP in the series, 378 Vol. 2. In contrast to the previously sunny release, however, Vol. 2 is darker, slower, and has just a touch more turmoil. This EP once again swings between feelings; where “Outside All The … More EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 2
Sometimes, all the week needs is a bouncy indie pop album about sirens and love and loss: in this case, Small Million‘s Young Fools EP, out this Friday, October 12. With seven tracks and clocking in at just over 23 minutes, it’s not too long to become tedious, but the band is able to explore their … More EP Review: Small Million – Young Fools
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
After announcing the retirement of his synth-pop project Say Hi in 2017, Eric Elbogen – also the mastermind behind Werewolf Diskdrive – has brought Say Hi back for one more record. … More Album Review: Say Hi – Caterpillar Centipede
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
Holly Rees’s recently-released EP, Slow Down, is a quick folk journey through loneliness, love, and heartbreak. Rees is accompanied by only her acoustic guitar and the occasional percussion on these five tracks, and the result is authentic and emotional. The release of the EP also kicks off her Northern Tour with Matt Dunbar, who also happened … More EP Review: Holly Rees – Slow Down
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?
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
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?