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!
Close Encounter is a new band from Seattle. They just released a 7-track EP called First Light. The EP is so groovy and catchy, I can’t stop listening to it. Driving beats, dizzying synths, and well-written guitar parts all make up the excellent song writing that Close Encounter has. I really like how the sound is on the darker side of shoegaze, but still has that super groovy bass line and guitar riffs. You get a feel of the album as soon as the opening notes of “Lumina” hit your ears. Overall, First Light by Close Encounter is a fantastic album with plenty of indie-soul, dream-pop, and shoegaze. Tell your friends!
New episode of Killing Sasquatch Radio on Freeform Portland 90.3fm aired today and you can listen to it below! Catch me again in two weeks on the air or online at freeformportland.org.
You can also check out the track list and skip the voice over on my Spotify playlist.
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!
Here’s another artist who is going to be at Treefort 2017. They go by Elvis Depressedly, and their latest release is called California Dreamin’. Elvis Depressedly has a very chill, lo-fi glam-pop sound to them. California Dreamin’ is the type of EP that makes you want to curl up with a hot cup of booze and stare reflectively out of your window. The undertones of each track gives a slight dizzying sensation that creates a sense of something just out of reach. Elvis Depressedly has a great catalog of songs that are all around two minutes long, but I have to say my favorite is “Angel Cum Clean”. Definitely excited to see these guys at Treefort next March.