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.
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.
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.