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

slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Benjamin Cormack and Aram Vehuni—Benji and Max familiarly—make up the dreamy California duo slenderbodies, who have just released a sweet, strawberry-tinted EP, soraya. They use each of the five tracks to confront something in their lives, touching topics like lust and wavering self-confidence. Their pastel aesthetic is on full display throughout, accentuated by the whisper-falsetto … Continue reading slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

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

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

Music for Films represents a distinct era of Eno

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405 as part of a four-part retrospective honoring the recent re-issues of several of Brian Eno’s back catalog. View this archived article here.  Brian Eno knows a unique level of fame. He has worked with innumerable other prolific musicians, having been close friends with characters such as David Bowie, Robert Fripp, and David Byrne. He has produced for the mega-famous … Continue reading Music for Films represents a distinct era of Eno

Optimistic new record from Mamas Gun shines from beginning to end

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  “We have experienced Golden Days in the past and will experience them in the future,” recites Andy Platts of the London funk quintet, Mamas Gun. If that was not his mantra prior to the recording of their new album, It may well be now; this is of course where its title comes from. Platts’ relentless … Continue reading Optimistic new record from Mamas Gun shines from beginning to end

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