Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ is spacey Ontarian indie rock with a tense pace. “Forming in 2008,” the band says they “slowly began to take shape and put together their own sound. Basing much of their material off of emotional and musical influences to aid their creative process.” Making use of “a tightly wound rhythm section and waves of echoing guitar and vocals, the band … Continue reading Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

‘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

‘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

‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals Is Sad NorCal Shoegaze with a Blistering Presence

‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals is encompassing, sad shoegaze with a blistering, chunky buzz. The band describes itself as, “shoegaze/punk from San Francisco.” These guys really make sure that every element of this track is given room to play out. From the breathy vocals and reverb-drenched guitar down to the singed drums and powerful bass lines, it all seems exactly as it should be. The band … Continue reading ‘Shame’ by Bad Visuals Is Sad NorCal Shoegaze with a Blistering Presence

The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ Is Atmospheric Southwestern Prog-Rock

The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ is some jazzy, atmospherically-oriented progressive rock out of Arizona. The band says they are, “known for their emotive vocals and dreamy soundscapes that have established them as a unique voice in” their regional scene. “Officially forming in 2015,” they say, “the band has allowed the music to speak for itself noting that the release of their first … Continue reading The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ Is Atmospheric Southwestern Prog-Rock

‘My Everything’ by Simon D James Is Expansive, Orchestral World Music

‘My Everything’ by Simon D James is eclectic world music with a broad, dynamic approach. This artist claims that through his, “individual interpretation of what the term ‘indie singer-songwriter’, can mean,” he “re-invents it as a powerful force which transcends scenes and trends and reinforces his claims as one of the most alluring musicians around.” He explains the origins of this song as arising “on … Continue reading ‘My Everything’ by Simon D James Is Expansive, Orchestral World Music

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ is expansive, freeform alternative rock with an untethered shoegaze vibe. Citing influences “comprising iconic bands… from Sense Field, The Appleseed Cast and Sunny Day Real Estate to Hum and The Smashing Pumpkins,” these guys, “have concocted a sound with nods to the past but very much aimed at a contemporary audience.” Continue reading Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

‘Rising Wall’ by Starframes Is a Spacey Piece of an Alt-Rock Concept Album

‘Rising Wall’ by Starframes is some expansive, well-structured alternative rock that makes good use of electronics. The band describes the song as, “based on a powerful groove [and] some funky guitars,” while the “synths create the dreamy atmosphere.” Continue reading ‘Rising Wall’ by Starframes Is a Spacey Piece of an Alt-Rock Concept Album

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