Andy Shauf: The Party

• 2016 • Anti/Epitaph • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop •
Andy Shauf returns to the party (a casual one, I might actually enjoy) and as a good party guest he has brought the proper soundtrack for the entire evening.

Tigercats: Mysteries

• 2015/03/10 • Fortuna Pop • Indie Pop •
Tigercats release a low key affair. Their light on the surface approach allows us to take in the lyrics and get caught up in the excellent guitar textures throughout.

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

• 2015/01/20 • Matador • Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock • *Nobody’s Empire* | Allie | The Party Line | The Power of Three | Enter Sylvia Plath | Ever Had A Little Faith? “Don’t dance on the lights because the bears eat the pretty ones.” — “The Party Line” Usually more subdue, Belle and Sebastian come out of the blocks looking for a dance. These…

Woman’s Hour: Conversations

  • 2014/07/15 • Secretly Canadian • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop • Unbroken Sequence | *Conversations* | Darkest Place | In Stillness We Remain | Her Ghost | Devotion   “Conversations that we should have with ourselves, that we won’t share with anyone else.” — “Conversations” I have always liked me some Sade. And this synth backed music with a nice pop sensibility…

How To Dress Well: “What Is This Heart?”

• 2014/06/23 • Weird World • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, R&B/Soul • Two Years On (Shame Dream) | What You Wanted | Face Again | *Repeat Pleasure* | Childhood Faith in Love “Even if you’re holding out for something unchanging, yeah once you got it, you will want something else.” — “Repeat Pleasure” Tom Krell uses the moniker, How To Dress Well, to…

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…

Gardens and Villa: Dunes

• 2014/02/04 • Secretly Canadian • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop • Domino | Colony Glen | *Bullet Train* | Avalanche “The young die young if they work too hard.” — “Bullet Train” The Gardens and Villa boast my favorite lyric so far this year, “The young die young if they work too hard”, I take this more, if you don’t…