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 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.
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.
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!