Skegss – My Own Mess (Indie Garage Rock)
This being Skegss first full length album, it’s impressive to hear such catchy and energetic songs throughout the release. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, the trio have been playing together since 2013 and putting out music since 2014. their sound is not unfamiliar to most but the excitement and personality that shines through is, well, exciting. It’s the kind of record that makes you want to stay up till 3:00 a.m. on the beach with friends surrounding a campfire. Which I can’t imagine being too different from what the boys in Skegss do on a regular basis.
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Iron & Wine – Weed Garden (indie folk rock)
Contrary to the implications presented by the title, Iron & Wine’s latest album, “Weed Garden”, is full of beauty and demands to be appreciated. With echoing vocals, layers of percussive guitar lines, and unsettling strings, the album ebbs and flows between suspense and delicate satisfaction. Iron & Wine stays true to the warm sound that they have been known for since day one in this latest release.
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Fit of Body – Black Box No Cops (Lo-Fi House, Bedroom Electronic)
Fit of Body brings a punk ethos to the the usually aloof field of lofi electronic. Black Box No Cops sounds like smooth easy listening hotel music, but with a certain grit. The aesthetic is something of a 2018 bandcamp/soundcloud version of LCD Soundsystem. The subtlety of attitude is what sets this album apart from scores of DIY producers. It gets deeper with each listen.
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Now, Now – Saved (Pop)
As somebody who has dearly missed the sickeningly sweet rock tinged pop of the mid 2000s (think Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson), Now, Now‘s new album makes me feel Saved. This album is seriously infectious and fun- a pure and emotional pop record both for 2005 and 2018.
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Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet Julie Byrne stopped by the Berklee Internet Radio Network studio in 2017 for an interview. Her latest album, Not Even Happiness, was released in January of that year. Byrne talks poetry, her evolution as a songwriter, and performing live.
The audio features “Natural Blue” and “Morning Dove” from Not Even Happiness.
The Brazilian Girls are an eclectic group of four musicians (Sabina Sciubba, Jesse Murphy, Didi Gutman, and Aaron Johnston) with an intense musical chemistry and a shared passion for the unexpected. Surprisingly, none of the members are actually from Brazil, and Sabina is the only female of the bunch. Their most recent release, “Let’s Make Love”, is an incredible example of the chaotically original, yet polished sound the Brazilian Girls are able to create.
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Review by Justin Cameron
ZHU’s career has always been mysterious. He never offers fans a look into his personal life, and instead, gives them exceptional music for the past four years. He’s carved out his niche in the electronic music scene, creating music from an artistic point of view rather than of a musical one. ZHU’s songs all have dark undertones complimented by screaming guitar and sax solos as well as sparse, spacey vocals. Continue reading “Album Review: ZHU’s RHINGO’S DESERT PT. 1”
Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden // indie folk
I Need to Start a Garden feels like a private acoustic set performed in someones living room. The guitar picking is beautiful in its simplicity, accompanied with minimal percussion and soft,thoughtfully quaint lyrics. Each track is reminiscent of the last and an allusion to the next. You can read Haley;s facial expressions through her deliberate, yet organic inflections. My favorite track is probably #2; The Bug Collector, with lyrics like “theres a praying mantis prancing on your bathtub/and you swear its a priest from a past life out to get you”.
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Traveller – Western Movies (Folk/Country Rock)
Traveller has stormed out of the gates with their debut album “Western Movies.” The release has such a familiar sound to it but is like no other artist I’ve heard. In each song, the trio (Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, and Jonny Fritz) shares vocals, singing about their side of the story on every topic. The opening song (“Nobody Makes It Out”) starts off the LP on an uptempo yet solemn mood, talking about their hopeless dreams to leave their dead end hometown. A theme that appears later near the end (“Get Me Out Of The South”). Continue reading “Traveller – Western Movies (Album Review)”