Album Review: Dropkick – The Scenic Route

Scottish group Dropkick‘s latest record is a wonderfully jangly foray into power-pop music. The Scenic Route, out February 7 on Bobo Integral, features 10 tracks, each with a unique blend of rocking guitars, warm vocals and impossibly catchy melodies. Primarily recorded live (with a few overdubs), The Scenic Route shows off Dropkick’s immense musical ability and … More Album Review: Dropkick – The Scenic Route

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: Loudmammoth – In Blue

English alt-rock quartet Loudmammoth debuted just over a year ago with the release of their first single, “Enough,” and, one year and one record label later, on January 24, 2020, the band released its latest single, this time titled “In Blue.” “In Blue” feels far lighter and mellower than Loudmammoth’s previous releases; its metallic, minimal … More Single: Loudmammoth – In Blue

Album Review: The Ah – Mere Husk

Drummer and experimental pop musician Jeremy Gustin, who records under the moniker The Ah, will release his sophomore solo record on Friday, January 31. Mere Husk builds 12 tracks around a variety of sounds that Gustin warps and bends into dreamy and eerie barely-pop songs, yet despite its experimental nature, the music remains surprisingly accessible in … More Album Review: The Ah – Mere Husk

Single: Bedroom – Gulf

Singer-songwriter Noah Kittinger began to make and release music under the moniker Bedroom in 2012, but after a hiatus began in 2015, Bedroom was silent for four years. Kittinger released his first single in four years in May 2019, and now, in January 2020, he has released another dreamy bedroom-pop track, titled “Gulf” and accompanied … More Single: Bedroom – Gulf

Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Ohio space-rock group XL427 welcomed in the new year with a haunting sophomore record release: Thee Attack, out January 3, 2020, on Poptek Records, features nine spacey rock tracks packed chock-full of shoegaze and melancholy. Thee Attack arrives over a decade after XL427’s debut; the group’s first album, Yesterdays Forever, was released in 2009, and … More Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

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

Single: DYLLAN – devotion

Los Angeles singer-songwriter DYLLAN (Dylan Nichols) released an ode to self-love and a middle-finger to objectification on Friday, December 6 with her latest track, “devotion.” It’s a percussive, synth-filled indie-pop track that is brimming with empowerment as Nichols croons. “devotion” features warm, blurry synthesizer melodies at first, creating a pleasant contrast with Nichols’ smoky vocals. … More Single: DYLLAN – devotion

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