Breaking Against the Tide – Craft Spells

Craft Spells is the audio equivalent of an 80s teen dream. If New Order, The Jesus and the Mary Chain, and Cocteau Twins are of your vernacular, these guys are right up your vein - mine included. While their first album, Idle Labor, was decidedly more lo-fi, Nausea is noticeably more refined, put together, and melodic. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up in an arid landscape … [Read more...]

Same Damn Time – Beat Connection

If warm sun rays aren't glossing your face right now, perhaps Beat Connection can help. A 3-piece electronic outfit from Seattle, WA, Beat Connection craft serious dream-laden melodies. 'Same Damn Time' is a heady slow dive into an ethereal summer; an airy, tricked out blend just as melodic as it is futuristic. Straddling that happy medium between chill and upbeat, it's a … [Read more...]

Ode to Viceroy – Mac DeMarco

By now you might be aware of Kurt Vile, Mac DeMarco and Ty Segall as the triumvirate sent to revive the sounds of garage rock’s past. DeMarco is the scrawny, gap-toothed river creature that crawled from the depths of Canada and seemingly slid his jangly melodies into indie folk rock. Lodged in a time warp, DeMarco is like a rambling man from a bygone era. A pinch of 60s … [Read more...]

Revisiting Femtronica

Henry: Remember this? From 2013! Femtronica has come a long way. Any comment on how the genre has evolved since your last post? Has anyone blown up in a way you didn't expect? Looking back some artists went in a sound-direction I didn't love (Haim) but some have surprised me in a really great way (Grimes). Michael: It's actually amazing how big a sound this has become and I … [Read more...]

#tbt Modern Tongues – Ghost Beach (EP Review)

By now, I sound stuck-on-repeat about Ghost Beach. But I remain staunchly unapologetic because this band is so damn good. They've released their debut EP, Modern Tongues this week which is as good a time as any to dive into their music. We've reviewed Been There Before, Miracle and Tear Us Apart extensively on the site before (here, here and here) so let's see how the other two … [Read more...]