Motherhood by No Joy is a Fiery and Unflinching Saga

Prior to last year, I was only ever tangentially familiar with No Joy. I was vague with Wait To Pleasure and slightly more accustomed to “Califone,” and so I came to know them as a general ‘rock’ band. Imagine my surprise when I read a few reviews of Motherhood that classified the band as shoegaze. (I take my quarantine drama where I can.) Granted, most … Continue reading Motherhood by No Joy is a Fiery and Unflinching Saga

Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  As the band suggests, the themes of Oi Ma Yeah are broad and difficult to parse. The musicality of it makes this a fun album to decipher over the course of many listens. The journey is haphazard—synthpop accents and shoegaze noise and provocative prose all make brief appearances across the eleven tracks. The album’s namesake … Continue reading Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

sngalbums: Photo by Filep Motwary. Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lefteris Moumtzis is emotionally sovereign. The Cypriot musician uses the direct English translation of his name as his moniker, which becomes the first evidence of his liberty: Freedom Candlemaker. His new record, though far from his first foray into music, is the debut under this name; called Beaming Light, it represents a … Continue reading Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405. A mustachioed Duncan Nielsen is the mind behind DONCAT, having begun the project about six years ago. His last full-length effort was called Easy Cowboy, which demonstrated a more pastoral take on his evocative style of indie rock. Preservation may be more succinct than its predecessor but the emotion it channels is arguably more potent, once again able to … Continue reading Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life

Have some grown-up fun with Phantastic Ferniture

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Julia Jacklin has grown since her debut solo record, Don’t Let the Kids Win. With her new band Phantastic Ferniture, she sings of missed romantic opportunities and is happy to let life happen without allowing anxiety to impede. The Ferns (please let this nickname catch on) capitalize on lackadaisical adulthood rather than insatiable nostalgia.  Read … Continue reading Have some grown-up fun with Phantastic Ferniture

Quarter-Life Crisis – “Comfortable” feat. Hand Habits

Ryan Hemsworth’s Collaborative Project Quarter-Life Crisis Reveals “Comfortable” Feat. Hand Habits Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Quarter-Life Crisis is a return to the beginning in many ways. Hemsworth fell in love with music while listening to indie rock acts but without a band to play with—not to mention an aversion to his own voice—he began creating music in earnest on his laptop. Now he can … Continue reading Quarter-Life Crisis – “Comfortable” feat. Hand Habits

Serena Isioma – “King”

Up-and-coming Star Serena Isioma is Crowned as “King” on New Single Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Chicago-based artist Serena Isioma is ready for their coronation. Earlier this year, Isioma (say: e-seeohma) released Sensitive, an eclectic, genre-smashing EP which caught the attention of critics. For a first body of work, it’s impressive, featuring elements from across the alternative and emo scenes. The new single proves that … Continue reading Serena Isioma – “King”

Jehnny Beth – “Heroine”

On New Single From Her Forthcoming LP, Jehnny Beth is Her Own “Heroine” Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Jehnny Beth has everything she needs. This is not referring to the many successful projects with which she is associated, including but not limited to a new music performance program on ARTE which she hosts and of course her band Savages. It has more to do with … Continue reading Jehnny Beth – “Heroine”

Best Songs of 2019: 14. Gabe Greenland

sawdustandgin: Gabe Greenland’s brand of pop punk elongates the genre’s style in order to preach for seven-and-a-half minutes on his recent single, “Paranoid Romantic.” This track closes the Brooklyn artist’s debut album, Love & Espionage, which is out now wherever you stream.  Best Songs of 2019 14. Gabe Greenland – “Paranoid Romantic”  Continue reading Best Songs of 2019: 14. Gabe Greenland

Amy Guess demands space in new single “Lay Low” Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Rock powerhouse Amy Guess is prepping her debut EP, due out later this year. The road to its release has included a few singles, all of which establish her as a bright and booming personality on the alternative rock scene. The Las Vegas artist also pours details … Continue reading