Gawvi – We Belong

Gawvi is a busy man. He works with many Reach Records artists as well as recently launching his solo career on Reach with two EP’s and his debut record We Belong. Gawvi is a beat specialist. Not to oversimplify the record, but there are two types of songs on here: songs that Gawvi sings in and songs that are filled by features.

Electric Guest – Plural

Album Cover of the year so far for me. That’s how I want this review to start. I love everything about the cover from color choices to simple design to imagery to even the font of the band name and record title.

The Collection – Listen To The River

I don’t know exactly what is cliché. I usually think I do. And in those moments, if I’ve heard it before, that means it’s cliché. But I believe that nothing is completely organic or original. Yes there is nature in us, but we are also defined by what has nurtured us. Yet what I do when I hear something that does not sound different, I label it as not creative. I think this completely overlooks the uniqueness of each band and album. I also think it dismisses the immense amount of effort and skill goes into creating good music. Nothing is exactly the same, musically or lyrically. I need to stop condemning only small deviations as fatal flaws.

Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ____ As You Think

I have been waiting for a record like this for a long time. It’s a good feeling listening to this. But that good feeling I receive from being blessed by this record has come at a great cost, and that is something I do not want to take lightly.

A Will Away – Here Again

A Will Away is a newer band on Triple Crown Records. There are two record labels out there for me that I always keep an eye out for: Triple Crown and RunForCover. These two labels find great musicians and seem to get the most out of them. So even when I listened to A Will Away’s lead single for this new record and felt let down, I knew to trust that there was a good reason why Triple Crown signed them. And I am glad I kept faith in the label.

David Bazan – Care

Blanco was my favorite record of 2016. It was the first record by David Bazan I ever listened to and one that took a long time to sink in and for me to love. But to date, it is one of my favorite records of all time. So when I heard that less than a year later, Bazan was coming out with another record, I was both enthralled and tentative, understanding the difficulty of topping Blanco.

Hippo Campus – Landmark

Hippo Campus is an indie-rock/indie-pop quartet from St. Paul, Minnesota and Landmark is truly a landmark debut release. It is a groovy record both fun and mature. Featuring bright and positive killers for warm summer afternoons are tracks like “Way It Goes”, “Vines”, and “Simple Season”.

Acceptance – Colliding By Design

Acceptance released their debut record Phantoms in 2005. 2017 feels a little late for a sophomore release, doesn’t it? Phantoms was an impressively unique pop-punk release. I was in 5th grade at the time of the release and gravitated towards standout tracks like “Take Cover”, “Different”, and “So Contagious.”

Hearts Like Lions – If I Never Speak Again

I just finished my seminary application and I must have listened to this record ten times in doing so. The reason why I love Heart Lion Lions’ debut If I Never Speak Again is because it is so constant and consistent. The record carries a steady and mostly upbeat rhythm. There is not a single bad song on it. It is solid through and through.

Sinai Vessel – Brokenlegged

I’m afraid I’ve spent the life I could have had in truth on cheaper thrills and placebo pills and quicker substitutes.

Now, Now – Threads

Find a thread to pull and we can watch it unravel. But this is just the start. We’ll find out who we are.