Author Archives: Dylan Summers
The Distant Choir
Vocal harmony is always best served chilled and this four-minute and twenty-second diddy from Finnish duo, Loft Apartment is nothing short of chill. “The Distant Choir” fills up like a cold bath, becoming more and more daunting as it progresses. Matched with lyrical intensity, this jam is sure to make you stop and think. It probably has something to do with the fact that these young indie rockers are students of Psychology but, regardless of the many reasons why, “The Distant Choir” is no doubt deserving of a particularly close listen.
A little bit of raw emotion for you indie lovers. This leading track from Farewell J.R shows promise — mostly because it is so darn epic. Escalating into a wall of sound starting from wandering and spaced-out croons, all five minutes and four seconds of “Night Wolves” is a journey in and of itself. Count down the days until March 11th when this track is released along with its companion tracks on Farewell J.R’s debut EP, Health (via Talking Shop Records). Whew, chills and shivers pulse with every listen…
Watch out contemporary music scene, there are some ladies from the Pacific Northwest that are imposing their will. “Sure as Spring” from La Luz is a great contribution to the world of indie psych-rock. The track has a unique balance of electricity and musicality. Based in Seattle and currently only signed by tape label Burger Records, I foresee the ladies of La Luz growing into their own within the next year and beyond. Keep an eye out. Until then, spin “Sure as Spring” and the rest of the Damp Face EP whenever you see fit.
Sure as Spring
Floating melodies give way to gritty rhythms in what sounds like a recording in an aquarium. “Kindness” is no doubt an auditory adventure and is something which might fit the mood if one was springing from the bottom of an ocean abyss — a sensation of a progress forward. Carnivals prove adept in finding middle-ground between contemporary indie-psych-rock and ambient. What results is a trippy and equally catchy track. Part of a two-track release, “Kindness” is merely a month old and is best served with its counterpart, “Swallow the Sky.”
From the ashes of projects past, the Charlotte-based indie band Brave Baby have recently released their debut album, Forty Bells. “Living in a Country” is a great sneak peak into a balanced first-attempt from the young group. In an age of bottomless reservoirs of music, Brave Baby can be considered a cut above the rest. Tune in to tune out with Brave Baby’s expanding, electric sound.
Hard hitting blues has always just stuck around since its birth during America’s coming-of-age. Here and there, you run across an artist today who seem to have an intimate relationship with the subtleties of the classic and fickle genre. Hollis Brown has a good idea. The broken down elements of “Cold City” include a pair of distorted guitars; one of them a droning bass and the other a gritty guitar. Add drums, an enthusiastic organ, and low, guttural vocals and its plain to see five-piece Hollis Brown hits the nail on the head. Released just a half-year ago you can listen and download it below.