Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ is some haunting, ethereal post rock with some clear shoegaze influences out of the United Kingdom. These guys describe themselves as, “an atmospheric doom pop band from Blackpool.” They say they put together “elements of shoegaze and post-rock to make a huge wall of sound.” The band definitely knows how to immerse their listeners in a crisp, clean and well-orchestrated environment. … Continue reading Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

Like the River’s ‘Element’ is some meandering, lowkey alternative rock with an atmospheric take. These West Virginia natives really know how to bring power and bite to a serene, unassuming track. The song’s keystone riff blasts through the mix providing an important contrast for the rest of the tune’s otherwise airy components. Compositionally, these guys make good use of the loud-soft dynamic that’s defined much … Continue reading Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ Is a Broad, Experimental Indie Soundscape

Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ is an expansive, keys-heavy soundscape from the Nebraska heavyweights. As I’ve discussed before, these guys formed an important part of Nebraska’s indie rock scene in the nineties into the two-thousands. Since then, Tim Kasher has continued to lead this band on increasingly ambitious, broad projects in a pensive, experimental vein of rock music. This track certainly plays into that. Although it starts out … Continue reading Cursive’s ‘Remorse’ Is a Broad, Experimental Indie Soundscape

Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ Is a Poppy Brooklyn Take on Trap

Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ is a clean, poppy take on the trap sound out of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. This artist describes himself as, “a product of his neighborhood.” Since starting his career, “Kash Juliano has compiled a body of work certain to shake any doubt of his creative talent,” including three full-length albums available on Soundcloud. In a lot of ways, this hangs pretty closely to the … Continue reading Kash Juliano’s ‘Speeding’ Is a Poppy Brooklyn Take on Trap

WUZI’s ‘Big Noose’ Is Broad, Dreamy Alt Rock

WUZI’s ‘Big Noose’ is expansive, untethered alternative rock with a glum, dreamy take. These guys say this is the “second song on our recently released EP, Severed Head. This is WUZI’s second EP release and was recorded with Bob Cooper in Leeds, UK.” The band does a really good job of creating and playing with tension. The entire track is defined by the sense that … Continue reading WUZI’s ‘Big Noose’ Is Broad, Dreamy Alt Rock

‘Sad Summers Day’ by Burning Bones Is Expansive, Personal Alt Rock

‘Sad Summers Day’ by Burning Bones is expansive, melancholy alternative rock with a sweet, soft approach. This musician describes herself as, “a solo artist living in Melbourne, Australia.” She says “this is a track about the passing of my Dad earlier this year.” This definitely has some strong bedroom vibes going, but there’s a sense of fullness and completion on here that’s not easy to … Continue reading ‘Sad Summers Day’ by Burning Bones Is Expansive, Personal Alt Rock

Divver’s ‘Lily of the Nile’ Sad, Clean Drawling Alt Rock

Divver’s ‘Lily of the Nile’ is slow, melancholy alternative rock with a clean, sad drawl. All in all, this is a straightforward track. The apathetic-yet-piercing guitars float effortlessly around the minimalistic percussion. Over all of that, some glum, sultry lead vocals embed the track with a sense of mystery. The decidedly non-frilly nature of this track allows to maintain a mechanistic precision in conjunction with … Continue reading Divver’s ‘Lily of the Nile’ Sad, Clean Drawling Alt Rock

Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ Is Standard Pop Trap Out of Georgia

Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ is clean, anthemic Soundcloud trap out of the Macon, Georgia area. “After dropping out of high school at the young age of 16,” this rapper managed to bring in “listeners with a sound [harkening] back to the Dirty South golden era.” This guy “is known for delivering hardcore lyrics via catchy melodic cadences,” he says, and “his ability to sing to the … Continue reading Chino Cappin’s ‘Slime’ Is Standard Pop Trap Out of Georgia

Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ Is Jazzy, Percussion-Heavy French Rap

Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ is some jazzy, organic rap out of France featuring some meaningful social commentary. This artist describes this as, “a solo project of a multi-instrumentalist,” who began his musical endeavors “as a drummer.” He says he “is surrounded by two other musicians on stage.” There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening on here in terms of production and technique. Rhythmically, the … Continue reading Chevalien’s ‘Bleu, Blanc, Blood’ Is Jazzy, Percussion-Heavy French Rap

Sunbather’s ‘Get Away’ Is Ambient, Surfy Rock out of Northeast Pennsylvania

Sunbather’s ‘Get Away’ is immersive ambient rock music with an amorphous oceanic quality. This solo artist describes his work as a “DIY musical project where I take over all musical duties, including production/engineering and artwork.” He says that Durham, North Carolina “is where I currently live, but Kingston, Pennsylvania is where I grew up and has musically influenced me the most.” The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in … Continue reading Sunbather’s ‘Get Away’ Is Ambient, Surfy Rock out of Northeast Pennsylvania