The Royal Sea – s/t EP

Surfer Blood. Best Coast.  Wavves.  As is evidenced simply by their handles, these acts have all successfully aligned themselves with the halcyon aesthetics of the ocean, forever branded as lo-fi heirs to the Golden State paeans begun by the Beach Boys some 45 years ago.  Soaked in imagery of palm trees, sunshine, and shaka signs, the allure of … [Read more...]

Evil Men Have No Songs – s/t EP

The depth and breadth of yet-unknown (or at least not widely known) and unsigned talent that can be found on MySpace is truly amazing.  One such artist that stands out is Hungary-based Evil Men Have No Songs (the name is a Nietzsche quote).  This “band” is actually a guy named RP and he creates appealing song structures and sonics that meld lo-fi … [Read more...]

The Legends – Over And Over

Anyone who names his or her band The Legends has serious delusions of grandeur or is perhaps taking the piss.  Luckily for Swedish mastermind Johan Angergård (member of Acid House Kings and Club 8, as well as founder of Labrador Records), his project is much closer to sonic grandeur than failure.  Melodic and sweet pop hooks are oftentimes laden … [Read more...]

Afternoon Naps – Parade

Cleveland, Ohio-based Afternoon Naps revives 1960s-influenced indie-pop and 1990s U.K. twee sensibilities, projecting an upbeat instrumental dynamism that contrasts with the introspective singing and lyrics.  The band is made up of Tom Dechristofaro (songwriter/guitarist) and Leia Hohenfeld (arranger/keyboardist) and the two have been playing since … [Read more...]