by: Angela Taslakian and Michelle Ma, Co-Music Directors
Majeure - Solar Maximum – (Temporary Residence)
Majeure is the solo work of Zombi’s A.E. Paterra. It’s spacey and electric with loads of retro-sounding synths. If you’re on your way to the moon, this is the perfect mix for it, because it’ll get you focused and pumped for the adventures ahead.
Games - S/T – (Hozac)
Fresh out of New York City, it’s a power pop album with short songs that have a Ramones-esque attitude. Good vibes vocals with a hint of spice in the instrumentals makes for a great pre-date evening with a tatted up gal you met at your aunt’s wedding.
Peoples Temple - More For The Masses – (Hozac)
From Lansing, Michigan, Peoples Temple is low-fi rock’n roll with flashes of primitive baroque pop and two part vocal harmonies. There’s fuzzy sounding guitars and even some harmonica. It’ll sure put you in a good mood and make you want to sing along. They make recording music look easy, but be aware that anything is possible, so keep singing like a loose fire.
Bend Sinister - Small Fame - (FU:M)
From Vancouver, Canada, it’s prog influenced songs with frenetic keyboard riffs and ‘70s piano power pop. Catchy and complex tunes that will make you remember your ex lover and how happy you are without them, so smile, laugh, and dance.
Social Studies - Developer - (Antenna Farm)
From San Francisco, this five piece band is back with their second album. Developer is shoegazey and poppy with pretty sounding synths that will make you fall in love with human voice all over again due to Natalia Rogovin’s powerful vocals. It’s the perfect album to listen to while contemplating dropping out of school and just exploring the sea for the rest of your days.
El Ten Eleven - Transitions - (Fake)
This duo is truly admirable, using only a doubleneck bass/guitar, drums, and foot pedals. It’s experimental fuzzy electronica rock that’ll lighten the darkest crevasses of your mixed up soul.
Jetty Rae - Drowning In Grain - (Sunshine Wreckchords)
This lady’s vocals are so pleasant and moving. The album is poetic pop that has hints of folk and ‘60s girl group sounds. The album is whole with some songs being all about easy listening on sunshiney days while other songs are deeper and sadder.
The Amazing - Gentle Stream - (Partisan )
This Swedish band is all about soulful vocals and psychedelic sounds. The album is perfect for trying to meditate. It’s in some ways like looking at the color pink, since it is the color that slows heart rate. So call up your ghost friends and let’s get mellow.
Night Moves - Colored Emotions - (Domino)
From Minneapolis, Night Moves is a band that a lot of people say to be the next MGMT. It’s folky shoegazey goodness with lots of reverb on the vocals. The album transcends a feeling of nostalgia. So give it a spin, and travel back to simpler times in your life.
Tilly And The Wall - Heavy Mood - (Team Love)
Total lipstick dance pop rock that will make you want to move your hips and dress like Twiggy. It’ll also make you want to celebrate your youth and search for rainbows.
Mac Demarco - 2 - (Captured Tracks)
It’s dream pop for the fluttering butterflies in your stomach to calm down and finally flutter to the stars. So relax, and enjoy your good mood dream waves.
Those Darlins / Heavy Cream 7” split - Summer’s Dead - (Infinity Cat)
These Nashville garage pop-punk country gals are fuzzy and fun. You’ll sure snap your fingers to Side A with Those Darlins’ “Summer’s Dead” in a cooky manner. Side B with Heavy Cream’s “Prison Shanks” will get you dancing and feeling insanely cool in your plaid for sure.