Album Review: Grover Anderson – The Frontman

Singer-songwriter and Americana musician Grover Anderson has lived in a variety of California atmospheres, each of which has influenced his music; this has never been more evident than on The Frontman, Anderson’s fourth record that will be released on June 13.  It’s an introspective, folky record that tells tales of love, life and loss, and Anderson has … More Album Review: Grover Anderson – The Frontman

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?

Album Review: Valerio Lysander – We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight

In a world that’s ever-so-harsh, sometimes the only way to cope is by appreciating beautiful things, no matter what form that appreciation comes in: art, people, food, music, et cetera. With his latest album, We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight, hereby referred to as Coloured Moths for short, London-based singer-songwriter Valerio Lysander has created exactly … More Album Review: Valerio Lysander – We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight

Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

My first introduction to Harmony Woods happened at a grungy basement show lit only by string lights on a warm July evening last summer. I didn’t know anyone else there, but I was drawn to the thoughtful, lo-fi alternative rock and the open energy, and Nothing Special, the band’s latest album, has been on repeat ever … More Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

EP Review: Chantal Claret – Let’s Pretend Everything’s Okay

Before this EP, the majority of what I’d heard from indie rock singer-songwriter Chantal Claret was her work with her old alternative rock band, Morningwood – and, of course, her bold social media presence. She’s got quite a following, and she’s not afraid to use it. Claret’s latest EP, Let’s Pretend Everything’s Okay, is out today, and her confidence translates well to each of the four funky, unique songs. … More EP Review: Chantal Claret – Let’s Pretend Everything’s Okay

Album Review: Ella Starr – Ella Starr

Sometimes, I’m putting together a project that’s totally unrelated to this blog, and I happen to stumble upon something wonderful. In this case, I’m working on a final documentary for my Gender Studies class – you’ll see it soon – and I discovered Ella Starr, R&B and neo-soul singer extraordinaire. Her self-titled album is seriously intricate and smooth. … More Album Review: Ella Starr – Ella Starr

Album Review: Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

Laetitia Tamko, recording as Vagabon since 2014, creates “infinite worlds” through each album, as her Bandcamp description suggests. This multi-instrumentalist certainly lives up to that hype – Infinite Worlds, her latest album, came out on February 24 and proves that she does indeed create a seemingly limitless universe within its eight songs. … More Album Review: Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

EP Review: In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West – First Responder

Starting out as a solo project by now-lead vocalist Sierra Mollenkopf, Columbus-based First Responder is as dynamic as they are enchanting. They’re four self-proclaimed “goons makin’ tunes”, and that whimsical attitude shows through their latest EP, In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West, out this Friday. The EP has two distinct sounds: the first two tracks feel … More EP Review: In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West – First Responder

Album Review: How Sad, How Lovely – Connie Converse

One of the first known singer-songwriters, Connie Converse never found an audience. In the 1950s, Connie wrote an album of eerie, intimate tracks – but they weren’t released to the public until Squirrel Thing Recordings in the early 2000s. Why? Connie, depressed and worn-down in 1974, packed all of her belongings into her car and drove … More Album Review: How Sad, How Lovely – Connie Converse