1.The Orwells Terrible Human Beings
No special tricks or gimmicks here, just catchy 4/4 pop punk tunes from The Orwells.
Standout Track: “Black Francis”
2.Surfer Blood Snowdonia
From simple indie pop tunes to elaborate 7+ minute sonic journeys, Snowdonia surprises me on every listen. The vocal harmonies help carry the album through the less impressive moments, and the melodies cement John Paul Pitts as a formidable pop songwriter.
Standout Track: “Snowdonia”
3.Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now
Memories Are Now mishmashes Celtic, indie folk, and Americana into a unique record, and one that I would normally regard as “boring.” What makes this project interesting, however, are Hoop’s repeating hooks and unique instrumentation.
Standout Track: “Memories Are Now”
4.Dirty Projectors S/T
Break-up albums come at a great cost, but the power impact of many a somber works of art are my favorite. While this self-titled release is tragic in subject matter, the sonic palate is all over the place: there are indie pop tunes, alt r&b, and electronic dance songs. They meld well in this collection of tunes, and never have I been more invested in a Dirty Projectors album.
Standout Track: “Keep Your Name”
Other Solid Releases : Mother Mother No Culture ; Thundercat Drunk ; Mozzy Fake Famous