Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro (psychedelic-surf-rock / reggae)
While the instrumentation and air of this album screams rock, the vocals by lead singer Baden Donegal evoke more of a reggae vibe. This six-piece band from Australia has made quite the name for themselves, racking up more than 539,000 monthly Spotify listeners as well as their latest album ranking #15 on the ARIA Chart. I really like “The Comedown,” a song about waking up with a mean hangover. Overall, this is a really chill album that is easy to sway along to during any mood.
Snail Mail – Lush (guitar pop)
At only 18 years old, front woman Lindsey Jordan has such a clear and clever writing style that stays with you even after you’re done listening. “Pristine,” the first single of her debut album Lush, is relatable and catchy and by far my favorite track. Others, like “Let’s Find Out,” truly showcase Jordan’s classical guitar training, but more importantly, her succinct yet impressionable lyrics. Check her out – I’m sure this is just the beginning for Snail Mail.