Posts tagged ‘Indie Pop’

April 22, 2022

Friday 6×6!

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words – but today we’re mixing it up, or should we say….sixing it up.

What madness and chaos is this? Six songs described in six words instead of the usual five and five? Well, we’re going on vacation for a few weeks starting next week and if there’s one thing Timbaland taught us it’s that we should never leave you (leave you) without a dope beat to step to (step to). So enjoy a bonus song this week and feast your ears on new tracks from The North Country, Captain Frederickson, Benlirico, Shawn Williams, Today’s Outfit and LIJO.
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April 15, 2022

Week Ender – Billy Nomates

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

I know this is going to be a bad look for a music blog, whose job is to describe in words what a song sounds like in a way that is compelling enough for you, the reader (you), to go “sounds cool, I’ll check it out” but trust us – just skip the middle man (us) and click play on “Blue Bones” by Billy Nomates. We assure you, you don’t want to be wasting time reading our paltry words that cannot accurately describe how damn good this song is. Do you really need us to tell you it’s charming and wistful with a hook so sneakily sublime it will refresh your ears in a way that few things can? Is that what you need? Are you still reading this? WHY? Just click play and turn up this perfect song already and thank us later!

April 15, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep the Good Friday sermon short and sweet so that you can develop your own personal relationship with these rapturous new songs from Eternal ideal diamonds for you, Family Time, The Uncle Steves, FonFon Ru and Kerin Maguire.
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April 8, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we micro reviews of songs with macro vibes. Check out the latest from TombSnakes, The Deepest Shade, LocalBlac with Hina Kawago, Onyda and Adam Yas after the jump.
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April 6, 2022

The Midweekly – Mitski

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

A few years ago Mitski thought she was done with music for good. The multiplying complexities of new stardom in an often disillusioning industry became a bit too overwhelming for the Nashville based singer. But much to her fans’ glee, Mitski wasn’t done. And navigating this dilemma of celebrity only inspired new ideas, many of which are definitely the focus of her latest release, Laurel Hell. The tunes are simple in structure. Many forgo a typical refrain for just back to back verses. Lyrics about escape and abandonment, to and from the people and the career she struggles to maintain. Resentment weighs heavy in some of these themes, like a hardening of the soul, but in these words Mitski also finds a way to cope, to continue loving what she does. The music pushes the synth to the front of the production, swaying between sweet and sad electro pop, with big build ups to some really epic melodies. And of course an album like this wouldn’t be complete without a few 80s style bangers about heartbreak, made specifically for you to dance those feels out. These tracks are where the chorus’ have been hiding. The title comes from a term used when one is stuck in a tangle of laurels. Likely the figurative situation Mitski was in before approaching this record. Hopefully it helped untangle them a bit.

March 25, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Brevity is next to levity and we keep it frothy with these brief write ups on new music from Jimmy Beach, Alex Hellcat, Retrograde Conversations, Marmalade Mountain and Sound Science after the jump.
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March 11, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Holy hell, is it Friday again already? Time keeps on slipping, but this music does not. Check out our micro-reviews of new music from MOWESBY, Jake La Botz, Adee Gershon, Shrill Carder and Robert PM after the jump.
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March 4, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep it tight for you daddy, with only a few words about new songs from Jeff Hulett, Yvan Poisson, The Lovelines, Red Mecca and Romain Gutsy after the jump.
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February 24, 2022

The B-Side: Loren Beri

It’s always exciting when Loren Berí (Met City, Gardendale & Berkley) has a new project and his latest solo release is no exception. “My Brooklyn” finds Berí trading in his former orchestrally influenced indie leanings for a decidedly more synth driven approach and to great effect, taking more than a few steps into a sound not unlike LCD Soundsystem. It’s hard not to make a comparison with that particular on again, off again, break up and then have a residency project as the lyrics of “My Brooklyn” focus on NYC and explore the same kind of juxtaposition of detached satire and vulnerable emotion that James Murphy built into a brand, but that is not to say that Berí doesn’t make it his own. While this song could very easily occupy the same art school dance party playlist as LCD, the sense of melody and composition is uniquely Berí, with his baroque pop DNA breathing between the electro beats and bubbling underneath the synth lines. It’s a catchy ode to Brooklyn that is both celebration and critique and has us excited for the rest of the debut release Stray Cat Kingdom coming out later this year.

February 18, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep it tight with five word reviews of new music from On The Farm, Son Of Cormack, Hugo’s Will, James Leonard Hewitson and Frank D after the jump.
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