New album from Michigan rockers Heaters. The new one is called Matterhorn. Heaters has an excellent swirling sound of guitars, keys, bass, drums, and vocals. Matterhorn is a fantastic psych-rock soundscape that seems like it belongs in the ever-changing season of Autumn. I love how the vocals get really layered and distorted by each other. The guitars are another really well done part in the sound of the new album. The way they layer the guitars makes for that drone-y type of psych-rock, it’s really excellent. The song writing is great too, each song gets wrapped up in itself and the album as a whole. When Matterhorn ends it’s kinda of like, is that the end? I could listen to it over and over, and not get tired of it. Matterhorn by Heaters is a fantastic piece of psych-rock that can be enjoyed by all.
New music from local Portland band Reptaliens. The new album is called FM-2030 and it is made up of dreamy psych-pop sounds. The debut album is a wonderful piece of synthesizers and bass lines with breathy vocals. FM-2030 has a kind of sound that could be from the future radio for sure, I really enjoy how all the tracks flow together to make this album. My favorite tracks are “If You Want”, “666bus”, and “Satan’s Song”. The whole album feels almost effortless, just really well put together and it is so nice to listen to. Reptaliens are a great band to see live and to put on the record player. They’ll be playing Holocene on November 1st and the Wonder Ballroom on New Year’s Eve, don’t miss them!
New music from Richmond, VA band Minor Poet. The new album is called And How!. It is a riveting, beach-rock, summer haze kind of album. The songs are super catchy and well put together. The jangle of the guitar along with the vocals makes for a great combination. Minor Poet has that kind of sound that you can listen to anywhere, but is optimized on a bright, windy/sunny day. And How! is an album that makes the edges of everything a litter brighter and crisper. One of my favorite tracks, “Sudoku, An Enlightment”, is a testament to losing yourself to boredom and procrastination. “Judith Beheading Holofernes” is another favorite of mine, it is super catchy with that guitar rhythm and the vocal pattern. And How! by Minor Poet is not to be missed out on!
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!
Today we got Corvallis, OR band Vandfald and their latest release called A Delicate Balance. These guys absolutely shred in all senses of their music. Vandfald (which means “waterfall” in Danish) puts together an epic pop sound that includes great vocals, big drum beats, driving guitar riffs, and a nice touch of piano melodies. A Delicate Balance is exactly the correct name for this album. The opening track “Don’t Stress” starts with a flying guitar solo then smooths out with the opening vocals. My favorite track is “Firemouth” which has such a huge chorus that makes you pump your fist in the air. So if you’re a fan of The National with a little Coldplay sprinkled in there, then definitely check out Vandfald.