Luluc: Passerby

• 2014/07/15 • Subpop • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • Small Window | Passerby | Winter is Passing | *Tangled Heart* | Reverie on Norfolk Street “Oh, the trees without their leaves, tap each other in the cold breeze, it’s an ominous sound.” — “Winter is Passing” As with many albums what draws me in at first is a band’s cover art, the…

Joseph: Native Dreamer Kin

• 2014/03/12 • Joseph • Indie Folk, Indie Pop • *Cloudline* | Wind | Come in Close | Lifted Away | Not Mine | Gold “Will those hands and those words, find that calm and steady pace enough to no let it slip away?” — “Not Mine” First saw this group randomly in a small bar outside of…

Lost In The Trees: Past Life

• 2014/02/18 • ANTI • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • Excos | Past Life | *Daunting Friend* | Rites | Sun | Night Walking | Upstairs “For a moment I swear, you scared me just to scare me.” — “Excos” Ari Picker is the man behind, Lost in the Trees. I have listened to Past Life more than most albums this year. The…

First Aid Kit: Stay Gold

• 2014/06/10 • Columbia • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • My Silver Lining | Master Pretender | Stay Gold | Cedar Lane | *Shattered & Hollow* | The Bell  “Oh, I wish for once, I could stay gold.” — “Stay Gold” The Soderberg sister duo have come back and if you can believe this after the beauty and wonderful album, Lion’s…

Conor Oberst: Upside Down Mountain

• 2014/05/19 • Nonesuch • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter • Time Forgot | Zigzagging Toward the Light | Hundreds of Ways | *Artifact #1* | Enola Gay | Double Life | Desert Island Questionnaire “I hope I am forgotten when I die.” — “Hundreds of Ways” My favorite Conor Oberst album (Bright Eyes aside) thus far. The lyrics are thoughtful, insightful, and…

Sharon Van Etten: Are We There

• 2014/05/27 • Jagjaguwar • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • Afraid of Nothing | Your Love is Killing Me | *Our Love* | Tarifa | You Know Me Well | Every Time the Sun Comes Up “I can’t wait til we’re afraid of nothing” — “Afraid of Nothing” Sharon Van Etten would make an excellent school teacher if nothing else…

Solander: Monochromatic Memories

• 2014/02/04 • A Tenderversion Recording • Indie Folk, Folk Pop • *The Woods Are Gone* | All Opportunities | Monday Afternoon | Black Rug | Social Scene | Monochromatic Memories | Lighthouse “I can see that the woods are gone.” — “The Woods Are Gone” Swedish band plays soft acoustic pop within a folk veil, while the hushed vocals give their…