Menace Beach – Lemon Memory

Menace Beach are back with a sophomore record that, like their 2015 debut, channels distorted ’90s alt rock and sloppy ’60s garage sounds. While their aloof coolness remain, the sounds on this outing have less pop hooks (“Darlatoid” and “Suck it Out” notwithstanding ) and move along at a faster, more raw pace than previous efforts. Continue reading “Menace Beach – Lemon Memory”

Flower Girl – Tuck In Your Tie Dye – Album Review

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Flower Girl lack the pretentiousness that sometimes comes to mind when thinking of bands from that scene. In fact, this unassuming band sounds completely sincere and opposite of any self-consciousness. They have a knack for sounding “sweet” without sounding too “twee.” The syrupy pop hooks would be accessible to elementary-school students (save for a few references to things like like marijuana), yet not so precious to be unappealing to adults. Continue reading “Flower Girl – Tuck In Your Tie Dye – Album Review”

Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator In The Breakers

The latest effort from Pavo Pavo (slated for a November 11th release) kicks off with “Ran Ran Run,” an ethereal, mood-inducing number that recalls clearer, less-awash-in-effects sounding Cocteau Twins. The track sets the stage for a record that seems to pulsate with life and feeling, channeling the changing of the seasons as the earth practically breathes. Continue reading “Pavo Pavo – Young Narrator In The Breakers”

Allen Tate – Sleepwalker

On break from doing co-lead vocal duties in the Brooklyn-based San Fermin, Allen Tate doesn’t stray far from the musical territory of that band with this solo effort Though this first go alone is less intricately orchestrated than his main band – with a focus more on the poetic lyrics than the minimalist music – Tate’s fever dream vocals are the trademark which he carries into anything he does. Continue reading “Allen Tate – Sleepwalker”

Magic Trick – Other Man’s Blues

Magic Trick’s leader, Tim Cohen (also frontman of The Fresh and Onlys), is a man who relishes in the sounds bygone times; the ’60s through the ’80s to be precise. He and his group of revolving guest musicians revert back to eras when communes engaged in informal singalongs, and the spirit of being free and young was spreading to make the world forget its political problems and social tensions. Each song sets a nostalgic mood that would have little business on modern radio, and that’s okay. Continue reading “Magic Trick – Other Man’s Blues”

Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? CD Review

Though their sound belies the multi-colored confetti connotations of the band’s name, Majical Cloudz’ vocals and lyrics create a beauty and hope that penetrates their layers of melancholy instrumentation. The Montreal-based indie-synthpop band lies on the opposite end of the spectrum of other current keyboard-oriented outfits like Passion Pit, Foster The People and others of that ilk. Rather than inspiring new wave dance parties as those bands do, Majical Cloudz draws you in to drift over foggy English moors while contemplating loss, memories and the limitations of being human. Continue reading “Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? CD Review”