City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ Is Glitzy Alt-Rock in the Vein of U2

City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ is crisp, clean alternative rock with a shiny, bombastic pop sensibility. This North Hollywood group of three is “gearing up to release their debut full-length album,¬†Silent Empire.” This piece, the album’s opening track, “boasts the band’s trademark anthemic sound built on earworm melodies, arrangements and hooks.” The band describes it as, “crafted with that theme of reflection in mind and … Continue reading City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ Is Glitzy Alt-Rock in the Vein of U2

Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ Is Lo-Fi Bedroom Emo

Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ is a glum, lo-fi bedroom project taking cues from the sadder realms of punk rock. This artist describes himself as a, “bedroom dream pop/emo project.” There’s something uniquely homey and almost amateurish – in an endearing way – about the track. The combination of the rolling,¬† repetitive yet complexly narrative acoustic guitar work that makes the impending … Continue reading Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ Is Lo-Fi Bedroom Emo

‘Calm 101’ by As Was Is an Anxious Acoustic Composition with an Engaging Environment

‘Calm 101’ by As Was is sad, anxious acoustic guitar music peppered with a variety of other analog sounds. “The puzzles of anxiety,” the artist says of this tune, “from my body, to your ears.” Continue reading ‘Calm 101’ by As Was Is an Anxious Acoustic Composition with an Engaging Environment

Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ Is Slow, Expansive Artfully-Composed Alt-Rock

Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ is crawling, pensive alternative rock with an expansive, non-traditional approach. “Hailing from Minneapolis,” this self-described experimental rock group “has been at it since forming in 1997,” they say. The trio is made up of three musicians who have more than raw talent – they have over two decades of experience under their belts. It really shows. There’s a level … Continue reading Self Evident’s ‘Lost Inside the Machinery’ Is Slow, Expansive Artfully-Composed Alt-Rock

Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ Is Slow, Straightforward and Sad Alt Rock

Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ is patient, glum alternative rock with a slow, vibe-oriented outlook. “Evoking a nostalgia for two-thousands sadcore,” the group describes itself as utilizing, “an Elliot Smith and Bright Eyes vocal style, crunch guitar like Staryflyer 59 and an overall garagey sound reminiscent of nineties shoegaze.” They say they find “inspiration in the encrypted, hidden motives that infect modern society, love and communication.” This group … Continue reading Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ Is Slow, Straightforward and Sad Alt Rock

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ is slow, relaxed alternative rock with a melodically fuzzy approach. The crew from the “Olympia underground,” describes itself as, “tweegaze.” I’m not really sure exactly what that is, but I think it’s safe to say it has something to do with shoegaze. These guys have a distorted sound whose slow, saccharine crawl has a lot of throwback vibes. Obviously, these guys are … Continue reading Sandy Allen’s ‘Napper’ Is Chilled Out, Gaze-y Alt Rock from Washington State

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats is fast, sad indie rock fused with high-energy take on pop punk. “Dad Hats flirts with the nineties, makes out with indie rock and is married to catchy hooks,” they say, and set “themselves apart in the Nashville music scene with nonstop, high energy live shows.” Continue reading ‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space Is a Compelling, Immersive Electronic Soundscape

‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space is an expansive soundscape touching on pop and indie electro. “A retrofuturistic drone leads to a unique pop soundscape with complex beats,” the band says of this album-leading track, which features, “layers of melodies and grooving bass.” These Scots describe themselves as, “a future-pop band.” Continue reading ‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space Is a Compelling, Immersive Electronic Soundscape

‘Waves’ by Coattails Is Layered, Compelling Alternative with a Classic Rock Sensibility

‘Waves’ by Coattails is whirring, cinematic alt rock with a classically pensive sensibility. This band believes “in the journey, they believe in their art, they believe it will bring fulfillment and through their belief, they hope to affect those who will listen.” Continue reading ‘Waves’ by Coattails Is Layered, Compelling Alternative with a Classic Rock Sensibility

Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ Straightforward Rock-Oriented Pop with a Bedroom Vibe

Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ is straightforward dream pop with a clean, ringing tone out of London. Sophie Nicole Ellison “plays, records and layers all instrumentation herself as home-recorded collages before polishing the recordings into fully-produced versions in her home studio,” she says. Continue reading Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ Straightforward Rock-Oriented Pop with a Bedroom Vibe