by: Martim Galvão
Sol Cat –Welcome to Cowabunga
Fun and funky electro-pop-rock, this album sounds kind of like a groovy twist Young the Giant or The Strokes. Thepsychedelic feels stay true with funky guitar, beats that make it impossible to not sway just a little bit, but with the melodic consistencies of indie rock that keep it somewhere in between peppy and chill.
Jake Bug - Shangri La
If you didn’t know any better you would think you were listening to some nuanced Bob Dylan; their voices are practically identical, except Bugg has a smoother tone. With a classic folk influence this singer songwriter revs up some modern rockabilly tracks with the lyrical simplicity of Buddy Holly.
The Oh Sees - Singles Vol. 3
The Oh Sees have a pretty retro vibe with 70s chord progressions and present tambourine. There seems to be a clear nod towards the distortion/grain of that time period. The track, “Wait Let’s Go,” it’s very reminiscent of the Monkees’ “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.”
Eluvium - Nightmare Ending
Eluvium’s recent album is very suspenseful; it could definitely the soundtrack to your epic hike or a maybe very mysterious nap. It’s instrumental with dynamics of a score, a dash of experimental grit and an overall electronic setting to contrast with the delicate yet showcased piano melodies.
Kevin Morby - Harlem River
This is a nice mix of acoustic rock and the quintessentialfingerpicking of a singer-songwriter. Morby keeps everything in an easy listening balance, focusing on clean vocals (simple but sans overwhelming riffs) gentle acoustic guitar and occasional wave of twang in the background guitar. The little interludes he employs serve as playful transitions between the poetically folky verses.
Gap Dream - Shine Your Light
Shine your light has an upbeat sound that almost puts you in like a Sega or Mario dream world. The background fills kind of sound like little laser beams intersecting and otherwise fairly typical rock song with an average of 2-4 chords top.