Awesome Addz for 2/10
Robert Sarazin Blake Put it Down In a Letter - Jazzy-spoken word over folk blues. So yeah, generally unclassifiable. Literate lyrics but boring music.
Tennis Young & Old - Best Coast and Beach House and Camera Obscura stripped of just the tiniest bit of their melancholia. Their surfish inspirations are more recognizably 50’s than these other bands which gives them some nice pep that isn’t a strange displaced nostalgia of sorts. The tracks really alternate between lingering bass driven croons and drum and tambourine pop hits. Probably one of the best things in awhile. It’s nice to have a band of this style that can really leave the 80’s out of it. Do check it out.
Yellow Ostrich Strange Land - Has a certain boyish charm / earnestly. The vocals are sweet and yeah boyish (sorta sounds like a more on pitch hellogoodbye), but the songs have a nice structure. They all build up to some excellent endings. RIYD Selfish Whales, the Films, Cold War Kids (in some ways). Also worth a listen.
Dirty Ghosts Metal Moon -It’s clear that this girl likes punk and takes influence from Sleater-Kinney or the Runaways, but the album is mostly placid, accesible indie with a few moments of edge that might go somewhere but don’t. The first song is rather good but all the additions of sound effects, shakers and sirens end up being diversions from something that isn’t really bad. A deeper Morisette and lamer Be Your Own PET is what it comes out as. Not toooo bad though.
Jonquil Point of Go - It lists Beirut, Vampire Weekend and the Shins as RIYL’s and that’s a bit off. It’s all of those things if they were covered by someone who is ashamed of wanting to be Ben Folds so they add some effervescent beats. It sorta sounds like a ben folds cover of the smiths but every time morissey gets all depressing it goes wooh-ooo-ooo instead and makes a pop chorus out of it. Sometimes the guitars get funky (in tiny loops) and thus the Vampire Weekend, but really its just “cluttered electro-pop”. The cd says “wonderfully” before that cluttered part, but i think its safe to drop that.
Evan Voytas Feel Me -High up, pitchy whisper voices things like passion pit. The falsetto jam that is less passion pit then prince. Too synth poppy to be as good as something like Passion pit, of montreal or toro y moi though. It is groovy though in a less updated version than all these other bands. I know that’s what you might like about toro y moi or daft punk, but this groove is just not ironic enough or something.
The Small Cities The Small Cities - A fold Coldplay. Like exactly that. Which is better than you’d think. Give it a spin.
Ariane Moffatt MA - Sultry ass vocals, on top of a silly name for a human being. It has a electro-pop version of the Kills going on here and there on certain songs. Czech it out. She’s also canadian if that means anything…
Cursive I Am Gemini -People like cursive right? It sounds like weird band you liked in high school that you listened to off the beaten path of Blink and Alkaline trio or something, amirite?
Kellen and Me -Peacebone type vocals over a “a whimsical and vintage vibe” of guitars and tapeloops. Its good in that way that one-man acts often are, he varies it up with whimsy gimmicks that tend to work. Go for it, you’ll probably like it. RIYD Boat, Sleeping in the Aviary.
And also plenty more!