Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 1)

Bryan Away – Canyons to Sawdust On the pastoral Canyons and Sawdust, Bryan Away’s storytelling is given the perfect stage. Among the tales he sings is a nod to Ingmar Bergman’s miniseries (you may know its adaptation with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) and that track’s direct foil, the jaunty “Scenes from a Wedding.” The title of Away’s summer LP derives from an analogy in an … Continue reading Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 1)

Illuminati Hotties’ Release Mesmeric Single “Threatening Each Other Re: Capitalism” Ahead of Tour Supporting Death Cab For Cutie

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Photo credit: Lissyelle Laricchia. As we near the release date for their new album, Let Me Do One More, illuminati hotties deliver a new slow-burning single. The local tenderpunk band, helmed by Sarah Tudzin, recently announced a tour accompanying Death Cab For Cutie, as well as a local show at Zebulon to celebrate the new record. The unhurried new track “Threatening Each Other Re: … Continue reading Illuminati Hotties’ Release Mesmeric Single “Threatening Each Other Re: Capitalism” Ahead of Tour Supporting Death Cab For Cutie

Will Jay Loses His Sense of Time and Self in Bright Indie Single “Was It Even Real?”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Will Jay is not the only one who has lost track of time. Since 2019 still feels like “last year,” Will Jay must be riding high from the release of his debut album which came out last summer. Perfectionist indicated a new direction for the local artist’s career, one that is paved with happy and innovative indie pop. Now he … Continue reading Will Jay Loses His Sense of Time and Self in Bright Indie Single “Was It Even Real?”

Elohim Promises To “Treat You Better” as Part of Self-Exploration Culminating with ‘Journey To The Center Of Myself’ Vol. 2 EP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Few contemporary independent pop artists approach the level of insight that we have come to expect from Elohim. The Los Angeles dance-pop musician pours herself into her songwriting, moreso now than ever before; the second volume of her four-part Journey to the Center of Myself EP series will show a continuation of Elohim’s creative reinvigoration after she set up a … Continue reading Elohim Promises To “Treat You Better” as Part of Self-Exploration Culminating with ‘Journey To The Center Of Myself’ Vol. 2 EP

Savor The Sunny Dream Pop of Jelani Aryeh on “From These Heights”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Get your first taste of summer listening to the latest releases from Filipino/African-American artist, Jelani Aryeh. His music channels the sunny pop sensibilities of 2000s indie bands like The Shins or Beach House, even though he was born only one year prior to the release of Oh, Inverted World. Regardless, Aryeh has his own debut album coming this summer called I’ve Got Some Living To Do. … Continue reading Savor The Sunny Dream Pop of Jelani Aryeh on “From These Heights”

Tenderpunk Trailblazers illuminati hotties Return with Release of “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” and Slimy Music Video

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. If all you know about illuminati hotties was their phenomenal 2018 album, Kiss Yr Frenemies, then you likely missed out on all the drama that went down between them and their label. (You may also have missed the genius of the FREE I.H. compilation, which is essential listening.) Now, free from turmoil, band leader Sarah Tudzin has announced her own … Continue reading Tenderpunk Trailblazers illuminati hotties Return with Release of “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” and Slimy Music Video

Sam Valdez Reveals “Palms Casino” Single Ahead of Desert Rock Debut LP Take Care

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. After harnessing the mysterious beauty of the desert, Sam Valdez is finally ready to debut a full-length record. The Las Vegas native will release Take Care on May 7th via B3SCI; to get a taste of what’s in store, take a listen to her recent restless single, “Palms Casino.” As Valdez’s first release of the year, it is only the … Continue reading Sam Valdez Reveals “Palms Casino” Single Ahead of Desert Rock Debut LP Take Care

Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

Glimmers is a special record that hits each note exactly, both musically and emotionally. In creating this record, Unstabile (say: un-stuh-beel), a native of Western Massachusetts, told Vanyaland, “I was more shaped by absence”: an absence of sunlight, sound, and community, they further specified. Glimmers is a response to that absence, containing all the sorrowful joy and joyful sorrow of a lonesome life. (Released on … Continue reading Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

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

Describing the Indescribable: Sundry Rock Song Stock by Yves Jarvis

Prior to his 2019 album, The Same But By Different Means, Yves Jarvis was not used to having deadlines. It was only when he signed with ANTI- that he suddenly had stakeholders in his creative process. Not that they slowed him down; he didn’t compromise on anything and completed the project on his schedule. It stands out as a wonderful record on its own, and … Continue reading Describing the Indescribable: Sundry Rock Song Stock by Yves Jarvis