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Part six in this series has some real gems in it. Songs in bold are featured after each review for your listening pleasure.
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
This West Palm Beach indie rock band garnered quite a bit of attention in 2009 with the release of their first single, “Swim.” Pitchfork named it the 37th best song of the year on their 100 Best Songs of 2009 list. They then released their debut album, Astro Coast, in January of this year and have been steadily increasing the public awareness of their band ever since. When I finally discovered them this summer I was aghast that I hadn’t heard of them before. They’re just that good. Their sound is a smooth amalgamation of Weezer, Built To Spill, Dinosaur Jr and Pavement. At times wispy, at times charging, but always grooving. The band made the jump to Warner Bros., from Kanine Records (Grizzly Bear, Chairlift), in September and have been touring the US this fall. Be sure to give a listen to “Swim,” “Twin Peaks,” and “Floating Vibes.”
Free Energy Stuck On Nothing
I’m still not fully sure whether I like this album. They also sound like Weezer, Pavement, and other nerd rock bands, but they don’t really stand out against their predecessors or their peers (like Surfer Blood does). There are only a couple of songs on this album that really stand out against their own music, for that matter. While Rolling Stone, SPIN and Pitchfork all gave this album favorable reviews; I just don’t quite see it. Most of the album is decent filler, but “Bang Pop” is a great track, and is the one that sounds most like Dinosaur Jr. on this album, and the catchiest, as well. The band shows promise with this album, and that is why I present it to you. Other good songs here are “Dark Trance” and “Light Love.”
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Where The Messengers Meet
This folk-inspired indie-rock band from Seattle, WA has garnered some attention since the release of their 2009 self-titled album, and continue to build on the buzz in 2010 with the release of their sophomore effort, Where the Messengers Meet. Lead singer Benjamin Verdoes creates an eerie atmosphere with his vocals that match quite well with the plucky riffs and rolling bass lines. Never getting to high or too low, the band digs out a very solid foundation in the middle-ground area that many indie-rock bands before them have occupied. However, very few have done so with such a wispy and light feeling while also showing depth and soul. “Hurrah” is my favorite track on the album, but you would do a disservice to yourself if you didn’t also check out “In a Hole,” “At Night” and “Cadence.”
Jaill That’s How We Burn
Some bands, while they didn’t start a genre still have a sound that embodies and defines said genre. That’s how I feel about Jaill and “indie.” There are a lot of other bands that define the sound of this genre, but Jaill is on the list. They are just catchy enough to keep your attention, but not poppy enough to be considered mainstream. The vocals are just off-key enough, but not so much as to be an annoyance. The production is just muddled enough to sound like it was done on tape, but not so much as to sound like it was done in a garage. This is also one of my favorite covers of the year. I really like that photograph. “Everyone’s Hip” is my favorite song on this album, but I also really dig “The Stroller,” “She’s My Baby,” and the acoustic “Summer Mess.”
Francis and the Lights It’ll Be Better
He’s befriended Kanye West, has toured with Drake, received accolades from many blogs and print publications, and been featured on several hip hop songs. His brand of R&B, soul, pop is unique and refreshing. From the unapologetic funk bass line of “For Days,” to the straight up R&B soul of “Tap the Phone,” to the downtrodden, soulful lyrics of the title track, to the minimalist beats of “In a Limousine,” Francis Starlight deftly maneuvers the cross-genre sound with aplomb. This album will no doubt end up on my end-of-year list. It’s not feel-good music, but not everything needs to be. His voice, songwriting and look combine to create an artist that should be around for a long time. “For Days” and “Tap the Phone” are my favorites, and you should also check out “In a Limousine” and “It’ll Be Better.”
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