alternative pop

L’étrangleuse Find Artful Balance with ‘Ambiance Argile’

L’étrangleuse Find Artful Balance with ‘Ambiance Argile’

L’étrangleuse’s music draws from all sides of the Mediterranean and beyond, creating something new and categorically nebulous in a way that works well.

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Lives Outgrown seems like an outgrowth of where Beth Gibbons’ mind and talents have taken her in the past decade, which is to ruminate on how life is a vapor.

Hana Vu Revels in ‘Romanticism’

Hana Vu Revels in ‘Romanticism’

Romanticism emerges as a whole, as Hana Vu’s space to ask some big questions, though the answers she’s receiving are mostly ambivalent at best.

Snarls Wear Their Hearts on Their Sleeves on ‘With Love’

Snarls Wear Their Hearts on Their Sleeves on ‘With Love’

There are few things more thrilling in music than hearing a band reach another level of mastery of their craft, and Snarls sound positively inspired on With Love.

Arthur Melo’s ‘Mirantes Emocionais’ Is Much More Than Vintage Vibes

Arthur Melo’s ‘Mirantes Emocionais’ Is Much More Than Vintage Vibes

Even at this young age, Arthur Melo has a careful hand and a grasp on what’s timely as he crafts dreamy new música popular brasileira on his luscious new LP.

Reyna Tropical Find the Bitter and the Sweet on ‘Malegría’

Reyna Tropical Find the Bitter and the Sweet on ‘Malegría’

All we have is each other. Let’s dance and fall in love, for what else is there? Reyna Tropical’s Malegría provides the soundtrack.

Jane Weaver’s ‘Love in Constant Spectacle’ is Woven to Impress

Jane Weaver’s ‘Love in Constant Spectacle’ is Woven to Impress

British indie artist Jane Weaver bridges the experimental textures of her earlier work with accessible pop gestures on her latest album.

‘Fire Escape’ Is Alena Spanger’s Thorny, Soaring Solo Debut

‘Fire Escape’ Is Alena Spanger’s Thorny, Soaring Solo Debut

Alena Spanger’s music is full of odd twists and unconventional choices, but that’s what makes Fire Escape so enjoyable and undeniably beautiful.

Jack Antonoff Searches for Bleachers on ‘Bleachers’

Jack Antonoff Searches for Bleachers on ‘Bleachers’

Bleachers finds its primary strength in its serenity. Gentle moments of introspection about love’s redemptive power illuminate some of the brightest moments.

Miracle Sweepstakes Craft a Marvelous Trip on ‘Last Licks’

Miracle Sweepstakes Craft a Marvelous Trip on ‘Last Licks’

Miracle Sweepstakes’ Last Licks is full of sweet psychedelic pop. The guitar effects and whimsical orchestrations throughout are reminiscent of the late 1960s.

Little Realities: Flat Mary Road’s Power Pop Breakthrough

Little Realities: Flat Mary Road’s Power Pop Breakthrough

Flat Mary Road break through with Little Realities and deliver jangly, hook-laden power-pop with a touch of Harry Chapin thrown in for good measure.

Zzzahara’s ‘Tender’ Is Exactly That, Plus Irresistible Hooks

Zzzahara’s ‘Tender’ Is Exactly That, Plus Irresistible Hooks

Zzzahara’s Tender is poignant and sincere above all else but is also a fantastic and sonically relevant collection of pop rock with no time to waste.