Progressive Pop
Syd Arthur - On An On

Syd Arthur – On An On

Time signatures are a dimension of music that most listeners aren’t aware exist. Sure, back in grade school we all had a vague lesson on 4/4, the most prevalent signature in popular music. If you were lucky, you were taught about the elusive 3/4. While speaking with music-not-too-literates, I often hear that anything outside of...
Bravestation - Giants & Dreamers

Bravestation – Giants & Dreamers

A lush, far-reaching soundscape introduces Bravestation’s Giants and Dreamers. Much like the cover art so accurately depicts, the opener washes away in a swath of tropical rhythms and huge, echoing vocals. Just as the context of the cover art sets up the theme of the album, its colors similarly hint at its genre. New wave...
Poor Remy - Still Sleeping EP

Poor Remy – Still Sleeping EP

 Indie-folk mixed with gang vocals is a combination that seems to be making big waves lately.  By coupling the combo with some bouncy backroom blues, the Ohio trio Poor Remy has been able to carve out quite a comfortable sound in their too-short-but-sweet Still Sleeping. Sounding something like a fusion between a twangy version of...
Kishi Bashi - 151a

Kishi Bashi – 151a

Kishi Bashi creates some seriously eccentric music.  Reminiscent of a multitude of acts out there in the indie-sphere, this solo musician has made an immense impression on me with 151a. You’ll undoubtedly hear some comparisons to The Shins and Animal Collective when researching his music, but I’m going to go out on a limb here...
Cast Spells - Bright Works and Baton

Cast Spells – Bright Works and Baton

Dave Davidson, frontman of one of the most eccentrically addictive musical acts of the decade, released his creative juices full-bore on the first EP of his solo project Bright Works and Baton.  At the time, Maps and Atlases had only released a couple of EPs, likely on their way to recording the impeccable Perch Patchwork. ...
Little Brothers - Nostalgia Trip 2011

Little Brothers – Nostalgia Trip 2011

Nostalgia Trip 2011 is a rare find.  Consisting of three strapping young guys from Louisville, Little Brothers are in the business of jumping genres – as well as singing their faces off. The three members take turns at the mic throughout the six songs, belting out lyrics in alternating fashion.  In the first few, one...