Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

September 9, 2022

Week Ender – Jointheinternet

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

Here’s to the songs that subvert our expectations. For the first 32 seconds of the Jointheinternet track “About A Second” it seemed like we’d received another chillwave indie rock track with the usual easy going vibes and catchy melody – the sort of thing we get hundreds of each week. But then the vocals come in at the 33rd second and our ears are perked, our heads tilt and we realize what we thought was just another Wave / House / Beach / Day (combine any two of these to get a current indie rock band name) track is actually a glorious little weirdo in an easy pop disguise. Not unlike Ween’s most accessible material, it has all the hooks to make it a legitimate radio single but also the freak DNA to make it stand out.

September 9, 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.

TGIF amiright? You know what that means. That’s right, it’s Tunes Goodenough Itsdumbto Fillyourscreenwithwordsbecausetheyspeakforthemselves. Check out the latest from Jessica O’Donoghue, Blue Lupin, Lukka, Hunter Ellis and Niall Summerton and our micro reviews of each after the jump.
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September 8, 2022

The B-Side: Wreath

Y’all remember Midwest emo? Specifically that genre’s version of a power ballad? Sensitive and thoughtful yet still mathy with squiggly guitars and unconventional rhythmic elements? Well, whether you do or you don’t Wreath is here to drop a fine example on your eardrums with “Voodoo Doll.” Patience is a virtue and this one is most upstanding. Slowly building and then receding into quieter moments, all the while teasing a big bombastic release that…never comes. Waves rise and fall throughout and things get churny at the end of the song, but no big crash upon the beach. Musical edging or masters at their craft avoiding an easy payoff? Either way it leaves us feeling funny inside in a good way.

September 6, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Tender Glue

Effortlessness is the hardest thing to achieve in art. That quality that a thing wasn’t made out of great effort, but rather just sprang into being fully formed and uninterrupted. “Sad Sometimes” by Tender Glue feels like that for us. An introspective indie rock number loosely in the vein of Band of Horses, the song’s melodies and tempo changes float and turn in ways that feel obvious after the fact; as if there really couldn’t be any other way for them to go that wouldn’t sound like a nudge and a pull. It sounds as right as the wind in the trees and as hippy dippy as that sounds, that’s where we land on this one.

September 6, 2022

Week Starter – Laveda

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Did you have a good Labor Day? Did you chill in the pool and hang with friends? Did you eat too much and enter a near trance state of satiated bliss? Well if you want to keep that good feeling going a little longer might we suggest “Surprise” by Laveda. Falling on the poppier side of shoegaze, it’s a hazy slice of indie rock goodness that isn’t so much a throwback to the classic 80’s/90’s sg sound as it is a timeless addition to that tradition. Turn it up and keep the dream of summertime three day weekends going.

September 2, 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.

Kick off the last few weeks of summer with five new tracks that they don’t need all the blah blah blah from yours truly. Check out songs so good they speak for themselves by Spectral Planet, Luke De-Scisco, Tripper and the Wild Things, Ruth Lyon and Valère Géron after the jump.
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September 1, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Tommy Alexander

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This week I learned just what quiet can do with the track “Silence” by Tommy Alexander.  Drums and bass bring us in and they are well produced, thick and dry with great bass drum and snare tones.  The guitar comes in lurking behind a beautifully dark melody.  It reminds me of George Harrison in the best way.  Tommy’s vocals are haunting, soft and buried in the mix yet dark with lyrics that cut through you.  Words like “heartbreak on my shoulders” and “the red birds flying by your window” leave you feeling like you’re starring in the latest AMC show, dark and racy yet relatable.  The song structure is common with the verses and choruses dancing in tandem, each taking its turn.  My favorite part of the song is hands down the guitar.  It flows in and out with the chorus and tremolo laden rhythm guitar.  Just when you arrive the second electric trills and rips and bends on note after note.  I wouldn’t say its ever enough to classify it as a solo, just really tasteful lead electric guitar.  Silence is the way, if you’re listening to Tommy on this track preach it over and over, but I say bring the silence, turn up that knob and give it a few spins.  Turn that silence up as loud as you want to.  Great tune Tommy, I’ll be back for more.

August 26, 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.

Five songs, five words each, it’s the most economical reviews on the internet. Check out the so-good-they-speak-for-themselves-tracks by Sofi Gev, Powder House, Axel Flóvent, J. Graves and Blissful Red after the jump.
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August 19, 2022

Week Ender – Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

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

It’s always cause to celebrate when Mike Adams At His Honest Weight release new music, and that day is upon us. So go get your celebrating pants and festive hat and turn up “Tie-Dyed & Tongue Tied,” the first single off the upcoming album Graphic Blandishment. It’s everything we love about MAAHHW (which is coincidentally the most fun acronym to say aloud, especially in a weird voice): an undeniably hooky indie rocker with pop smarts and Adams’ trademark earnestness that feels real and organic, not affected and put on. Simply put, Mike and the boys make some real good songs, and this one ranks as one of their best.

August 19, 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.

You know the drill, five songs so good they don’t need us boring and blabbing about them. We keep it succinct and let the music do the talking on these stand out tracks from Kowloon, Dome Dwellers, Killer Bee, Kevin George and Sharkorama.
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