New EP From Fascinations Grand Chorus
Fascinations Grand Chorus’ third EP, Anglesea, comes out today, Friday, December 8th, a self-described “audio experiment of pop stylings.” This EP features the band’s range of styles, yet still feels cohesive. Despite their competitive songwriting, there’s no hint of tension on this EP; it flows smoothly track after track.
Starting out with “When You’re Mine,” the duo gives us an accessible door into the rest of the album, with familiar light, muted vocals and rollicking indie-pop feel. Its fluid, upbeat chord progressions make the song seem like a carefree trip through a jellybean forest (you know, one of the many Great Jellybean Forests of North America). It’s got that delicious indie pop feel, with Stephanie’s light vocals and Andrew’s lively drums. Combined with Stephanie’s killer keyboard, the result is a sound much larger than you’d expect from two people.
Fire is Motion Releases “Still, I Try”
I need to be honest with you people. This is a confession that I’ve made before, but I feel is worth repeating. I am neither a journalist or musician. I do not know what I’m talking about half the time. I’m sure that most of you are not the least bit surprised. The point being, sometimes an album comes around that is so artistic, so technical, so complex that my immediate reaction is “ah fuck, I’m gonna look like a jackass trying to review this.” Thank you to Fire is Motion for making me look like that jackass once again with their new EP, Still, I Try.
Mutual Interest Single Release: Sunset on a Perfect Day
On of my biggest pet peeves is when band’s are defined in terms of other bands instead of given the credit for their own individuality and creativity. When you read things like “They sound like Green Day,” it’s usually bull shit because even Green Day doesn’t sound like Green Day anymore, but that’s a conversation for another time. Point being, I was a little ashamed of myself when I listened to Mutual Interest‘s upcoming album Better Than I Expected and immediately thought to myself “holy shit! they sound like The Smiths….sans Morrissey’s pretentiousness.” But so much that made so many people fall in love with The Smiths is present in Mutual Interest, from the jangling post-punk riffs to the melodramatic new wave tones, and if you doubt me, listen for yourself. The premiere of their single “Sunset on a Perfect Day” is streaming below.
J.K. Lago are So Good, So Far
J.K. Lago released their first, eponymous EP back in February of this year, and it is a killer debut from the trio out of Hamilton Township. After listening to it, I couldn’t nail down the exact genre – which I mean in the best possible way. Part surf, part blues, part funk, J.K. Lago carefully plucks out the best bits of so many different types of music and combines them to deliver this chill, varied EP filled with surprises.
As their first single suggests, J.K. Lago is so good, so far.
Single Premiere: “Freak of Nature” by C.R. and the Degenerates
There are a few certain things in this world that just feel right. Kinda like the momma bear’s porridge (and Johnny Cash), they walk the line of being too hot or too cold, strange or familiar, mellow or upbeat. So too does C.R. and the Degenerates new single, “Freak of Nature,” off their upcoming album The World According to C.R., which will be released by Sniffling Indie Kids in January 2018.
Dawn Chorus is Everything You Love About LKFFCT and More
Not that they ever really went away, but LKFFCT is BACK fellow Earthlings, or should I say, RTHLNGS. Yes, your favorite heavy hitting, vowel absent, North Jersey DIY kings have graced indie music lovers yet again with their 3rd full length release. Dawn Chorus is their most eclectic and well-structured album yet and it is exactly what a band’s junior effort should sound like. Developed, mature, and honest, the album beautifully encapsulates everything from the fear of lost love to the peace found in a simple walk down Bloomfield Ave.