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!

Vandfald

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.

Wussy

Wussy is a band out of Cincinnati, OH that just released their 7th album back in March. The new album is called Forever Sounds and it is flush with a brilliant score of lush darkness. Heavy bass, hammering guitars, and pounding drums make up the majority of songs for Wussy. Not to mention the awesome mix of harmonics and lead vocals. Wussy’s psychedelic take on shoegaze just drills into your head and stays there for days. Forever Sounds brings you in close and wraps around your brain for it’s entirety. Definitely one of my favorite albums put out this year so far.

Animal Eyes

New music from Portland’s own Animal Eyes. The new album is called Where We Go and it just came out towards the end of May. The album is packed with explosive rock and pop songs. Animal Eyes has a cool indie boy band vibe to them. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and catchy guitar riffs fills out Where We Go. “Feeding Snakes” starts of the record with a bouncy bass and dynamic vocals, reminiscent of Animal Collective. Then it goes to my favorite two tracks in “Zeke/Wizard” and “Mushroom Hunter”. These two tracks have been a staple in Animal Eyes’ live shows for a couple of years now, and these recordings are some of the best versions I’ve heard. Other favorite tracks of mine include “Sand Sang”, with those clanging guitars, and the ending track “Alligator Sex”. Definitely one of the better local Portland releases this year.

Sioux Falls

Finally catching up on some regular updates now. Still working on the Treefort coverage, but for now let’s dive into some of my favorite albums this year so far. Let’s start with Portland band Sioux Falls. They released Rot Forever back in February and it is a kick-ass indie-rock album that is filled with really good songs. Sioux Falls has such a classic indie-rock sound to them ranging from Modest Mouse to Pavement to Built To Spill. They also have an emo-punk theme to their music along the lines of Blink-182.
The vocals are what jump out at you first. The growly viciousness of Isaac Eiger is a staple in Sioux Falls. The way that he paces and presents the lyrics are really unique and add another layer of intrigue to the band.
Overall Rot Forever goes down as one of the freshest indie punk-rock albums this decade. So definitely wrap your ears around Sioux Falls.