Song For Her by Dear Eloise (Beijing, China)
I’ll be honest, I am not so much familiar with the music that comes out of China. So, I didn’t really know what to expect when I clicked on the album cover for the ‘Song For Her‘ 7″. I was very pleased to hear what I did. ‘Song For Her’ is the A-side on the Song For Her/Song For Him 7″, released on the Beijing based DIY vinyl label, Genjing Records. Dear Eloise’s sound is very indie/lo-fi, quiet and powerful. The vocals are calm, the music itself, lush. ’Song For Her’ is so wonderfully dazing, I can’t help but glare at my computer with eyes and ears wide open. I strongly urge you to look more into Dear Eloise as well as Genjing Records, it’s for your own benefit. Lovecat
The Quiet by Lady Lioness (Asheville, North Carolina) *
The Quiet is a sweeping album full of woeful vocals and soft bedroom guitars. Lady Lioness has crafted something so purely elegant that it’s melancholy undertone takes hold of your heart and fills in the cracks. The Quiet is an aid of some sort, a comfort. Though it takes on a somber sound, there is a warmth that soothes you. Tracks like ’32′, ‘Cold and Colder Still’ and ‘Better Off’ personify this idea. It’s an album I highly appreciate. It’s minimal, bedroom recording style is as authentic as they come. [Free Download] Lovecat
‘It Beats’ by Lightyear (October 11, 2011)
Riding dangerously close with her melodies to the realm of Avril-pop, Lightyear crafts a pop song with some real honkey tonk. And although the song at times might seem a little cheesy sonically, they do their genre justice. Somewhere between the indie feel of Metric and the girly feel of Chairlift, Lightyear sits.
‘Ghost Town’ by Hook Moon (March, 2011)
Ghost Town is a slow, atmospheric track with apathetic vocals and empathetic instrumentation. The song slides in, delivering a character, delivering multiple characters, telling a story. Oddly enough, it’s the minimal drum loops that are the accelerator on the track. About dreams gone wrong. About youth, ‘Ghost Town’ is overall, a very chilled, effortless track.
weather EP by Weather Weather (December 7, 2007)
The weather EP by Weather Weather is a light weight pop album with beautiful acoustic instrumentation that easily remind me of The Garden by Zero7 structurally and the Flying Cup Club aesthetically. They’re the kinds of songs perfect for a calm summer day.
‘I Believe in Love!/Awkward Reggae’ by The Great American Novel (July 25, 2011)
The Great American Novel falls somewhere between the New Pornographers and the pop side of Blur. This double single, released in anticipation of their upcoming LP, packs two awesomely powerful and sadistically cheerful songs.
Bad Luck Bobby by Robery Di Pietro (August 4, 2011)
Bad Luck Bobby is an extremely wholesome album and although at times it seems downtrodden, is open and perfectly out of date for the greater context. These simple pop rock songs are pieced together beautifully.
Visions by Airlines (February 1, 2011)
It’s chillwave (whatever that means) vs. pop on this well cut EP from Airlines. A few months ago I wasn’t so sure about this album (blame it on a bad mood), but I might have jumped the gun. Visions popped up on my shuffle recently and I have to say, it definitely made me smile. Another album that skips all the complexities of trying to sound ‘progressive’ and goes straight for the kill with catchy melodies you’ll have to wrestle out of your brain.
Tom Lark EP by Tom Lark (July 19, 2011)
What seems to start like a punch from a younger brother, taunting, over-joyous and bold ends up taking a turn for the more serious by the latter half of the album. With good feelings and momentary satire, Tom Lark has crafted, in one light, a pure and honest record. In another light, he’s made an near absurd gesture at the entirety of our pitiful existence.
We Come in Peace by Cirque Royal (July 31, 2011)
If your looking for straight up rock, this is it. We Come in Peace is simple and clean, well-rounded and confident. Something makes me want to point to the early 2000′s, a time when rock was just starting to break out of that 90′s mold and search for higher ground.