Posts Tagged ‘Indie Rock’
FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: It seems like just yesterday that all the indie bands were naming themselves “wolf.” This L.A. act arrived late to the lupine name game but show up for songcraft. Guitar gallivants, chamber-pop diversions, and aching melodies give national fans plenty to bite into.
While so many great indie bands come and go, it’s reassuring to see that Film School stays in the game. With a decade of albums under their belt, Fission (LP #4) kicks off with a bang of track called “Heart Full Of Pentagons.” A Handsome Furs-esque drum machine rock beat guides the song with layered percussion and big sustaining guitar riffs.
Bristol-based trio Beak> features Geoff Barrow (Portishead), Billy Fuller (The Moles), and Matt Williams (Team Brick). With a dark psychedelic tone, “Wulfstan” sounds like something The Doors could have done on a late night in one room with no overdubs–which is exactly how Beak> recorded this.
When you release an EP, it usually means you’re in between albums. For Sufjan Stevens, however, it means he’s just warming us up for a full-length album called The Age of Adz (we’re just getting familiar with the All Delighted People EP). Our first taste, the blunted track “I Walked,” suggests that the two albums are different, yet still very Sufjan-y.
FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: In 2007, after ten years together in the dark orchestral-pop band Carissa’s Weird, Ben Bridwell and Matt Brooke keep their proven and fruitful partnership alive with Band of Horses. With a sound so big and wide-open it could bounce off of mountains, Band of Horses is a noticeable departure and progression.
Handpicked out of the mixed bag of Warp Records artists, Jamie Lidell has that “I’ll dance when I feel like it” attitude. With Compass, he leaves the smoove R&B behind and taps into a wiser, almost folk style. Like Beck, Lidell can get the party started, but also knows when it’s time to chill.