by: Martim Galvão
The Multiple Cat - The Return of The Multiple Cat – (Guilt Ridden Pop)
Catchy indie-pop with good production quality and a reverbed-out feel, topped with some airy male vocals.
The Mantles - Long Enough to Leave – (Slumberland Records)
Guitar-y garage rock that makes you tap your foot and reach for a PBR.
Beach Day - Trip Trap Attack – (Kanine Records)
Garage surf rock with female vocals and 60s-esque tambourine and hand-clapping.
Sigur Rós - Kveikur – (XL Recordings)
A darker, more dystopian album from the Icelandic post-rock giants. The departure of keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson gives the band a different energy.
Midnight Faces - Fornication – (Broken Factory)
Synth-laden gloom rock vibe with a driving beat and a bit of an 80s feel.
Sonny & The Sunsets - Antenna To The Afterworld – (Polyvinyl)
Infectious upbeat indie pop set to the theme of death and the afterlife, from the perspective of an alien visiting Earth.
Rose Windows - The Sun Dogs – (Sub Pop)
Grungy psychedelic folk-rock from Seattle, with hints of country western guitar and soulful vocals.
Mood Rings - VPI Harmony – (Mexican Summer)
Lo-fi indie pop with reverbed-out everything - falling somewhere between nostalgic balladry and post-punk, all with an ethereal feel.
Parentheses - Parentheses: Part A – (Unsigned)
Melancholic, sparse, and mostly acoustic indie singer-songwriter vibe with some of that je ne sais quoi. The band seems to be something of an enigma, no info available anywhere.
The Ogres - The Acrid & Misanthropic Sounds of The Ogres – (Hillsdale Record Company)
Rock and roll from Oakland with a grungy vintage vibe - sounds like it was pressed in the 60s.
Mikhael Paskalev - Jive Babe EP - (Mom+Pop/Boombox)
Catchy Norwegian indie pop to tap your foot to - or to put into your CD player as you abscond with your sweetheart. Good summer music.
Spider Bags - Singles - (Churchkey Records)
Garage rock with with some punk overtones and an overall gnarly sound. This album is a collection of singles recorded between 2008-2012 - consistently good material with enough stylistic meandering to keep you interested the whole way through.
FIREHORSE - PILLS FROM STRANGERS - (PledgeMusic)
Indie singer-songwriter Leah Siegel's second album with her Brooklyn-based project band. Smoky vocals over a lush texture of acoustic and electronic goodness.
Bass Drum of Death - Bass Drum of Death - (Innovative Leisure)
John Barrett kills it with this one. Garage punk ground up and distilled into a distortion-filled trip through influences like the Testors and the Sonics.
Soko - I Thought I Was an Alien - (Babycat Records/Community Music)
Young French indie singer-songwriter Stéphanie Sokolinski delivers a debut LP full of love, loss, and worry - channeled through whisper-thin vocals and a warm lo-fi sound.
Frank Lenz - Water Tiger - (Velvet Blue Music)
Almost fully instrumental, this album could easily serve as a soundtrack for a Wes Anderson film. Awesome vintage synths oscillate alongside an indie rock trio and dreamy glockenspiel lines.