Hippo Campus – Bambi (indie/alternative rock)
Opening with an atmosphere of spacey synths, droning strings, and harmonious vocals that I can only describe as a barbershop-quartet-of-the-
Cumulus – Comfort World (indie power punk)
Alex Niedzialkowski, the front woman of Cumulus, had been going through a pretty rough patch in her life before releasing Comfort World. Writing these songs was a way in which she was able to cope with the obstacles she ran into, and I think it is easy to hear the genuine emotion in both the lyrics and production of each track. Songs like “Retreat,” an anthem about allowing yourself space and respect in relationships, seem to possess healing power and connectivity that reach beyond Niedzialkowski’s personal struggle. The album is chill, deeply relatable, and completely danceable (best dancing songs: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8).