Why?

New music from the Cincinnati band Why? The new album is called Moh Lhean. The lead singer, Yoni Wolf, is one of my personal favorite songwriters of all time, and this new album sounds really good. Moh Lhean takes on a more sentimental tone overall. The one critic that I have is that the songs are pretty formulaic and have the same song structure for most of the album. Though that does not diminish the sound quality or the record. Why? creates each song with a sort of nostalgia or sense of reflection that makes Moh Lhean very enjoyable. My favorite track is the closer “The Barely Blur”. Why? is on a national and international tour all the way through June this year, make sure you catch them at Treefort Music fest this year as well!

This Is Steve

New music from one of our favorite artists of all time, Delicate Steve. The new album is appropriately called This Is Steve. What a way to start off the weekend with this bright joy-filled album! Steve Marion makes music that is absolutely righteous. And ever since his first album Wondervisions came out nearly six years ago, I have been jamming Delicate Steve on 11 every summer. This Is Steve starts off a bit grittier than his previous works, but has that signature lead guitar that instantly makes you smile. Things get calmer starting at “Nightlife” which has a slight Calypso feel to it. The album as a whole is very classic Steve, the thing that stands out to me on this particular album is the drumming has changed a bit from those driving tracks to a more jazzy and rock style which is nice to listen to. Definitely a must own album for the new year. It’s hard to nail down my favorite track, but “Together” and “Driving” are up there.

Walrus

Music from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band is called Walrus and their latest release is Goodbye Something. Walrus has a groovy psyche-pop noise to them. Catchy guitar riffs, along with some flying vocals and excellent drumming, Goodbye Something is a well put together EP. I really like the surf vibe to Walrus as well. They go on tour in February in Ontario for a couple weeks, and will be Treefort Music Fest in March. Check them out.

New Shack

Some awesome electronic music out of Provo, UT. They are called New Shack and their latest release is called Eingang. This duo out of Utah has a great sound of darkwave synth-pop. Most of their tracks have a slow burning beat with a lot of lush and flourished synthesizers over top. The vocals are also breathy and sensual that lure the listener into each song. New Shack has very well built songs that are very beautiful and groovy. My favorite track is “Dead Lips”.

Spirit Award

Spirit Award is from Seattle, and will be playing at Treefort Music Fest this year. Their single “Las Vegas” came out back in August, and it sounds great. These guys have a classic indie-rock sound to them. They have great driving beats, along with catchy guitar riffs. It’s hard to believe that their sound comes from just three members. Definitely put them on your radar, they are going to come out with some excellent music!