Sunday, March 18 2007
Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements
Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.
This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.
Thursday, March 15 2007
New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.
This is a near perfect album of traditional bluegrass that delivers heart-rending, joyous, and kick-ass tunes in equal measure.
It seems Californian nü-punks A Day to Remember have stumbled upon something new with For Those Who Have Heart. No, really.
Falling somewhere between the delicate, emotional songwriting of Travis and the sonic bombast of Elbow, Acrobat’s carefully crafted sound is nearly stadium ready.
These punks are trying to age well, and they have their moments on the new record, but for the most part these guys sound a little wiped out.
Wednesday, March 14 2007
Iceland's Bang Gang, judging by the music on the Find What You Get EP, should record a live album, and right away.
The Crayon Fields makes pop that hangs around like a dense mist, opaque but ultimately diffuse.
Mining the same hooky, melodic pop vein as Velvet Crush and Evelyn Forever, the album is a fun listen, though to my ear it lacks energy.
Honey Power come from that hotbed of rock and roll... Estonia. Estonia should be proud of this group.
Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.
Tuesday, March 13 2007
This seven-song EP aptly conveys the band's synthesis of shuffling guitars, robust harmonies, and instrumental flourishes that nod to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and the Band.
Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.
Indie bands everywhere could be aping Molly Hatchet and Bad Co. instead of excellent '80s outfits like the Cure, Big Country, and the Chameleons UK.
With his latest release, Rick Gallego has created an album that's as breezy and refreshing as a California afternoon.
A clever, if uneven, compilation designed to showcase a label's roster of talent.
Monday, March 12 2007
The sounds of indie rock and film scores mix and match on this debut LP.
The combination of dream-like surreality and blossoming indie pop is not a new one, but Philadelphia's Creeping Weeds get the mix of wistful dislocation, gentle melancholy, and jangling, enveloping melodies just right.