Snowmine: Dialects

• 2014/02/04 • Mystery Buildings • Alternative/Indie Rock • To Hold an Ocean | *Rome* | Columbus | Plans | Silver Sieve “My legs took me where my mind refused to go.” — “Rome” Falling somewhere between the Broken Bells minus the digitized hooks and Grizzly Bear minus the quirky outbursts, and maybe sounding most like a straight-shooting Boxer Rebellion, Snowmine…

East India Youth: Total Strife Forever

• 2014/01/14 • Stolen Recordings • Indie Electronic, Indie Pop • Glitter Recession | Dripping Down | Heaven, How Long | *Looking for Someone* | Song for a Granular Piano “I know you feel something” — “Looking For Someone” William Doyle’s solo debut under the guise of East India Youth is a heady effort, slaloming back and forth from dreamy electro-pop to…

Phosphorescent: Muchacho de Lujo

• 2013/03/19 • Dead Oceans • Indie Folk, Alt-Country • *Song for Zula* | A New Anhedonia | The Quotidian Beasts “I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee.” — “” Sometimes you have to wonder if singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, the one-man-band behind Phosphorescent, would have been happier recording smooth country cuts back with Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins,…

Arcade Fire: Reflektor

• 2013/10/28 • Merge • Alternative/Indie Rock • Reflektor | We Exist | Here Comes the Night Time | It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus) “Will I See you on the other side?” — “Reflektor” Behold the rare instance where pre-release hype and expectations are not only met, but wildly surpassed. Realizing such a statement tiptoes the line of hyperbole…

Phantogram: Black Out Days

• 2013 • Barsuk • Alternative Indie/Electronic • Black Out Days “A thousand voices howling in my head.” While this digital age certainly has its drawbacks, one of the benefits is that bands can throw out morsels of their work at random for their fans to enjoy.  That’s the case here with “Black Out Days” from synth-wizards Phantogram.  It’s…