Artist: !!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Album/EP: Shake The Shudder
One hell of a glamorous funk rock tune, this is a bonafide blitz of glitz. Pumping energy straight into your earbuds is a slick feat in “NRGQ”, with plenty of moving parts and heavy effects keeping the song fresh and exciting. But mostly importantly, it makes you dance. A lot.
Artist: Joy Again
Song: “Looking Out For You”
Album/EP: Joy Again
This catchy indie rock ditty definitely has a way of catching you. Lo-fi lyrics, a fantastically prominent bass, some shoestringy guitar, and boy-likes-girl heartaching fills out the rest of the endearingly shy song. And are those banjo chords I hear?
Song: “The Scheme”
Album/EP: The Desaturating Seven
It’s Primus, what do you expect? Jerky lyrics, disjointed riffs, and inventive songwriting underpin this alternative progressive offering. But most importantly, the bass. Oh, the bass. One of the thickest, most satisfying tones to buzz in your speakers for a long while.
Artist: Charlie Parr
Song: “Peaceful Valley”
A simplistic folksy bluegrass tune with some killer slide guitar and a catchy riff, there’s more lyrical depth than the instrumentals initially reveal. Parr’s drawl is perfectly suited for the whimsical tone of “Peaceful Valley”, but is clear enough to still hear what’s going on.
Artist: Low Sun
Song: “Round Soul”
Album/EP: Reservoir of Impermanent Bliss
Super atmospheric rock that easily lulls you into a lazy trance. Droning licks, hazy guitars, and a rolling wave of sound crashing into melancholic lyrics provides the perfect soundtrack for gazing at your wall – but not quite in a psychedelic way.
Artist: Spinning Coin
Laid-back surfer rock a la Mac DeMarco, but a bit brighter and more upbeat. A delicate guitar meandering all over the fret board anchors the rest of the cascading tune, and just as you start to figure out the warbling lyrics, it slips away from you.