The Bell – Great Heat

Swedish outfit The Bell classifies itself as post-punk/melodic pop, and while that’s certainly part of their sound, their sophomore LP, Great Heat, consists primarily of synthesizers, looped drums, and other electronica techniques. While the record carries an amiable retro feel, the songwriting and music is too basic and uninteresting, resulting in … [Read more...]

Lovers – Dark Light

Since 2001, Carolyn Berk has been the enchanting voice behind Lovers’ sweetly decorated pop gems. As a voice that is both immediately soothing and enthralling, it’s an easy job getting lost in the Portland-based band’s melodically-enriched pop music. For Dark Light, Berk enlisted the help of Kerby Ferris and Emily Kingan in bringing these ten songs … [Read more...]