‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands Is Tight, Atmospheric Prog Rock

‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands is a precise, deeply atmospheric take on progressive rock. The band is described as, “an atmospheric rock project in which,” bandleader Alexandre Martorano “writes, composes and performs.” Martorano started the band after attending, “a classical music school where he studied classical guitar for eight years.” He “began writing his first compositions in 2004.” This is an impressive track. The way … Continue reading ‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands Is Tight, Atmospheric Prog Rock

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ is some fuzzy, layered indie rock with a broad, homey approach. These guys have “quickly become of the best kept secrets in their music scene today,” they say. “The band fuses electronic and experimental elements into their ragged, heart-on-your-sleeve folk-rock.” They use the somewhat facetious phrase “Bandcamp songs for Soundcloud kids,” to define their sound. There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening … Continue reading Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

Hither Green’ by Candy’s Room is some dynamic, funky rock music with a modern indie approach. These guys describe themselves as taking “influence from old Motown records and 80s college rock bands like Sonic Youth and Galaxie 500 in [an] attempt to create a hybrid of popular music tones.” They say this track “features string and brass arrangements, which have been layered using modern production techniques — an experiment to try … Continue reading Candy’s Room’s ‘Hither Green’ Is Funky, Rock-Facing World Music

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