Iconique’s Ovation EP honors disco’s past while simultaneously invigorating the future of the genre

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  When you hear Iconique’s new release, you will want to stand and applaud. The Los Angeles trio honors the original disco divas, embodying a genre that has been pulled and stretched in many directions recently. Iconique is known for putting on unforgettable live shows with the raw energy of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and much of that enthusiasm carries … Continue reading Iconique’s Ovation EP honors disco’s past while simultaneously invigorating the future of the genre

LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

sngalbums: Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan  Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  A warning should come on Mating Ritual’s new record—like a Parental Advisory sticker, but spicier. It could resemble a chili pepper or a flame, or another universally accepted symbol for heat. That is, of course, because the LA-based duo’s third LP is a cache of Hot Content; fans can get … Continue reading LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

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

Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Like sailors to a siren, Cathedral Bells draw in their own prey. The duo of Matt Messore and David Carey share their self-titled EP with the world today, out on Good Eye Records. What began as Messore’s bedroom pop project has flourished into well-crafted shoegaze for daydreams and late-night mischief.  Read more.  Cathedral Bells | … Continue reading Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP

Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405.  The newest release on earnest Ontario label Other Songs is a fitting welcome for winter. I felt lucky to finally experience it myself when I left the desert to visit the midwest this past weekend. Snow fell for an hour in Minneapolis on my final day in the city; the neighborhood where I was staying was quiet save for … Continue reading Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

The Space Wanderer and TTilawok align perfectly as Rymdeko

There are still many things to celebrate despite time feeling like it’s come to a halt. For instance, Postseason Franchise Records has just issued its very first vinyl release; the pressing is the debut EP from the new project of label founders Nicholas Comaratta and TJ Perrin (aka The Space Wanderer and TTilawok, respectively). They named the project and the EP Rymdeko, which translates to … Continue reading The Space Wanderer and TTilawok align perfectly as Rymdeko

Debut LP From Polartropica is a ‘Dream Come True’

Photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The title of Polartropica’s debut album, due out tomorrow and available to stream below, makes clear where the local artist is in her career. Across the 10 tracks of Dreams Come True, and spanning all the songs, videos, and shows that have come before, Polartropica is bursting at the seams with joy and encouragement. And it … Continue reading Debut LP From Polartropica is a ‘Dream Come True’

Love Guides A. harlana

When did folk music simply become “sad music” to the indie masses? Gently strummed guitars and atmospheric production can achieve a range of emotion; I do love anything that allows me to contemplate the depths of the psyche, but these sounds more often than not come from a positive place. New York songwriter A. harlana, né Juno Roome, writes lullabies about the love he has … Continue reading Love Guides A. harlana

Caroline Polachek Feels Everything on Pang

Photo by Nedda Asfari It’s widely noted that my greatest personal nemesis is in fact my own emotions. I feel too much too often, which seems to be what also plagues Caroline Polachek. On her debut solo effort, Pang, she describes the terrible agony of being in love.  Even just the title, Pang, reveals all. The namesake track describes the jolt of lust or love, or … Continue reading Caroline Polachek Feels Everything on Pang