Fleet Foxes – Crack Up

2011 was an unbelievable year for music—at least for what I listened to and still do. Love & War & The Sea In Between by Josh Garrels, Children of Fire by Oh, Sleeper, and Vice Verses by Switchfoot were among the best albums released by Christians within a decade (pre-high school I almost exclusively listened to “Christian Music”…

’68 – Two Parts Viper

When ’68 released In Humor and Sadness, I remember feeling overwhelmed. There was a lot going on for just two musicians (Josh Scogin—former frontman of the Chariot and Michael McClellan—former drummer from Becoming the Archetype). Though I did not get into the record initially, now looking back the track titles were creative and the instrumentation, vocals,…

VACATIONS – Vibes & Days

Oh the beauty if Youtube. VACATIONS has a lot of the bedroom pop, surfing indie, Mac Demarco kinda vibe going on. I’ve been getting into music anywhere near the ballbark of this genre of music. Just like every genre, there’s some great stuff and some not great stuff. But even more than that, there’s just…

Ásgeir – Afterglow

I usually postpone writing reviews on records that let me down. I want to give it every chance and then some. But I feel pretty confident about my current feelings on Ásgeir’s sophomore record—Afterglow.

Day Wave – The Days We Had

Day Wave’s EP Hard to Read is just so dang good. I don’t even care if you listen to this new album, just go back and listen to that EP (wow, what a great sell on getting you to read this review). Although I do not think The Days We Had is as good, it is far more accessible than the EP. It is also even more straightforward, which is difficult to imagine with how consistent the EP is. But that consistency can become boring and lack the dynamics that the EP had.

Tiger’s Jaw – spin

At the beginning of the year I created a list of artists I knew were good in the indie rock punk scene, and projected to potentially release an album this year, but hadn’t gotten into yet. This list included bands like Title Fight, Superheaven, and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. The first record released on this list however is Tiger’s Jaw’s spin.

Hazel English – Just Give In / Never Going Home

Hazel English sounds like a female led Day Wave. I just found out today that Jackson Phillips of Day Wave helped collaborate her new EP Just Give In which is the first half of this new record Just Give In / Never Going Home. The album is a combination of these two EP’s. I have never heard of Hazel English until now though I have been a Day Wave fan for a little while now.

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

Mac Demarco is the first singer to sound like Bob Dylan that I have liked. There’s just something about the way Dylan ends a lot of his notes that I do not have the tolerance for. Yet with Mac, it doesn’t bother me and I don’t know why.

Sylvan Esso – What Now

What first drew me to twenty one pilots when Vessel came out was they had a pop sound which was ultra-unique. They were not cookie cutter, yet they were infectious. Tyler was so clear about his intentionality of not fitting in with the sound of the radio. Despite their recent success and enormous radio attention, twenty one pilots still makes their own path for the most part. Sylvan Esso, another duo, seem to be taking a similar approach on What Now (which may contain explicit lyrics).

The Classic Crime – How to Be Human

The Classic Crime is one of those bands I liked in Middle School. Thinking back on music from that long ago makes me wonder how much of my current infatuation for their music is nostalgia and how much of it is real. All in all, with TCC and most other bands like them, I have moved on from listening to a lot of their music (however records like The Silver Cord still stand the test of time). Yet when they come to release a new record, I hold onto hope that they might release something that made me as excited as when I was younger.

Colony House – Only the Lonely

The first post I made in 2017 was a Reflection of Colony House’s debut, When I Was Younger. The reason why was because I was highly anticipating their sophomore record, Only the Lonely. WIWY took a long time to grow on me. I was hoping this new record wouldn’t take as long to sink in. But here I am, four month after the album has been released, finally now reviewing it. The unfortunate part is that it’s not because it grew on me, but because it didn’t.

Jay Som – Everybody Works

I wish I was more eloquent and I wish I had more time to try to be. But life is just not granting me that opportunity right now and Jay Som will have to suffer for it. Jay Som is the artist name of Melina Dutert who created the name on a baby name generator like Childish Gambino. I first heard about Jay Som while researching best albums of the year lists online in 2016. Jay Som’s debut record Turn Into wasn’t everywhere, but enough places for me to notice it. Unfortunately, I think I overlooked a gem. Fortunately, I was reminded early into 2017 to listen to Jay Som when her sophomore record Everybody Works was released.