‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids is dark, pensive indie rock with a refined, understated approach. Musician Kevin Connor describes The Trust Fund Kids as his personal “self-produced musical project.” There’s an ideological unity and sonic togetherness on here that could only come from a one-man project. From the low, chunky guitar riffs peppered with warm electronic elements to the hopeless, monotone approach to the … Continue reading ‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss Is Clear, Concise Psychedelic Rock

‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss is fuzzy psychedelic rock with an upbeat, chirping sensibility. They describe their new album, also called The Swell, as, “a gritty album of atmospheric melodies and sonic hooks.” The band came into existence when to members-to-be met “working at a New Brunswick, New Jersey bar and restaurant. Various members would join over the years to help add melody and … Continue reading ‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss Is Clear, Concise Psychedelic Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades is slick bluesy indie rock with a distinctly retro sense of homeliness. On here, the “Mexican-Panamanian artist presents a bittersweet track… [featuring] a character trying to persuade themselves of an innocence long lost while analyzing the vices of those around them,” her people say. This bandleader says her varied discography functions, “as an extension of her nomadic life spent … Continue reading ‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs is clean, reasonably experimental rock out of Copenhagen. The band describes their work as, “aesthetically rich and experimental variations on some of rock’s most significant subgenres like punk, grunge, post-rock… performed with an underlying experimental and explosive feel.” They claim to be committed to, “an approach of always being curious and open to inspiration. Everything goes as the band keeps … Continue reading ‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ Is Dark, Orchestral Piano Rock

Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ is dense orchestral music with a rock-oriented analog approach out of the Garden State. Frontman Steve Shimchick says the track is, “inspired by different stages of the same exciting, yet fleeting relationship.” He goes on to explain that, “while many songs on,” the new EP “Find Light include a struggle between positive and negative themes within the same verses, … Continue reading Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ Is Dark, Orchestral Piano Rock

‘Way’ by Time Thieves Is Melancholy, Genre-Bending Power Pop

‘Way’ by Time Thieves is bruising, heavy power pop with a defiant, slow-rolling sense of hopelessness. These guys are completely unafraid of letting their instrumentation, effects and emotion ring out. The overpowering, bass-heavy nature of the track belies an underlying sweetness peppered throughout the track in the form of campy, haunting synths and the occasional optimistic guitar solo. Clearly, these guys are taking a lot … Continue reading ‘Way’ by Time Thieves Is Melancholy, Genre-Bending Power Pop

Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ Is Brisk Post-Hardcore with a Strong Take

Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ is fast-paced, sad hardcore with a melodic tinge and strong production choices. The band describes the track as dealing “with the emotions of losing someone close to you. It touches on the anger of being left behind and makes references to the infamous 27 Club.” In a lot of ways, this is pretty standard post-hardcore. From the pensive lyrics down to the … Continue reading Sleepwell’s ’27 Club’ Is Brisk Post-Hardcore with a Strong Take

‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets Is Eclectic, Nostalgic-Yet-Futuristic Surf Rock

‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets is dynamic, sunny rock music with an understated, jazzy approach. “We’re a rock band from central Arkansas makin’ whacky noise,” the group says. They’re “just four guys who love ya cause we can.” This is off “a new in-studio concert series based out of Silver Street in Ashland, Nebraska,” called Hat Trick. The project’s curators describe the band as bringing together, “swirling … Continue reading ‘Aloha’ by Couch Jackets Is Eclectic, Nostalgic-Yet-Futuristic Surf Rock

Cubbage’s ‘Secrets’ Is Pensive, Eclectic Pop Rock Out of Philly

Cubbage’s ‘Secrets’ is smooth, pensive pop rock with an eclectic, nostalgic approach. These guys describe themselves as, “a Philadelphia-based band rooted in alternative rock, with tastes of blues, jazz, folk and pop.” They claim to fuse, “The 1975’s rhythmic pulse with John Mayer-like vocals and Sonny Rollins-like saxophone lines.” The group “has toured the country, played multiple festivals and conferences around the east coast, has … Continue reading Cubbage’s ‘Secrets’ Is Pensive, Eclectic Pop Rock Out of Philly

Keatsu’s ‘Inside Out’ Is a Well-Composed Atmospheric Guitar Piece

Keatsu’s ‘Inside Out’ is a slow, sad guitar-oriented composition with a melodic, eclectic indie flair. There’s a lot going on here. The piece, from this Polish bedroom producer known as Maciej Kuc to his family and friends, floats breezily between electric and analog sections. In terms of composition, the piece fluctuates between simple, straightforward rock parts and more complex, layered shoegaze-style dirges. The elements that … Continue reading Keatsu’s ‘Inside Out’ Is a Well-Composed Atmospheric Guitar Piece