Hajk – Hajk

"I'm gonna let you come to me," Sigrid Aase sings on Hajk's opening track. And I did. Aase's confident declarative on "Magazine" introduces this self-titled debut — a fresh, welcoming blend of indie-pop — much of which you will find irresistible. The next song, "Nothing Left To Say," features vocalist-guitarist Preben Sælid Andersen. The energy … [Read more...]

Interview with Ian Button and Robert Rotifer of Gare du Nord Records

The most intriguingly varied of the new indie imprints, the collective-led Gare du Nord label offers an ebullient synthesis of sounds; from the Kinksesque vibe of Rotifer, the wide-eyed electro wonder of Deerful, via Ralegh Long’s esoteric singer-songwriting to the critically acclaimed early-‘70s stylings of Papernut Cambridge, among a wagon of … [Read more...]

Interview with Joseph Sant

Brookyln-based dream-pop singer-songwriter Joseph Sant graciously replied to the following interview questions a week before the release of his project’s debut EP, Sea White Salt, on January 14th. It’s so good to catch up with you right before the release of your debut EP, Sea White Salt. How are you doing and how are last-minute preparations … [Read more...]

Debut album from Starlight Girls

There’s something about Halloween season that fits this six-piece Bushwick band’s siren allure and gothic-tinged theatricality. Their poetic lyrics are inspiring, channeled by a unique energy-driven mix of surf, pop, and noise with a bit of metal for good measure. Founder and lead singer Christina B played keyboards and sang as part of her … [Read more...]

Yassou releases 5 video-only songs

  It's been argued that we see music more than we hear music; a phenomenon that began with "Girls On Film" and grows with every viral, visual interpretation that corresponds to an artist's output. Fully submersing themselves in this ideology, Yassou has taken the opportunity to do what bands and solo artists should have started doing years … [Read more...]

The Slow Readers Club – Cavalcade

There was a phrase that used to crop up in the music press every other week that I could never quite decipher the full definition of. 'Landfill Indie' wasn't and still isn't a compliment, but I thought I had at least part of it translated and it basically referred to bands whose musical credibility was in some way questionable, not the groovy kids … [Read more...]

Album out from darkwave/electronic band RxGF

For several decades now the Pacific Northwest has been a fresh source of innovative and boundary-pushing music, and since 2010 Seattle native and musical veteran, John Morgan Reilly, has been continuing that tradition through his music project RxGF and his eccentric brand of songwriting.  He is joined by Angeline Schaaf on lead vocals  and she … [Read more...]

Hot Single from Australian hip-popster Nick de la Hoyde

In the current musical landscape, there are no longer geographical barriers. You don’t have to be from hotspots New York or L.A. to be a rap/hip-pop artist. Poetry and pop music can go hand-in-hand, and an MC doesn’t need to shy away from wearing his heart on his sleeve. So now is the perfect time to introduce Nick de la Hoyde – the young … [Read more...]

Upcoming Album from rock band Grown Up Avenger Stuff

What’s so special about the indie rock quartet Grown Up Avenger Stuff? Maybe it’s that even in the darkest, most intense moments, a hidden smile lurks and sonically and emotionally touches your heart in a way that makes you feel happy to be alive and good about who you are. In the meantime, the music is purely designed to get your heart pumping, … [Read more...]

New Album from vintage Americana trio Echo Sparks

The vintage Americana band from Orange County, California, Echo Sparks, was started by DA Valdez (a member of The Pontiac Brothers). He formed the band as an outlet for his original songs. He’s joined by vocalist CC Kinnick and bass player Cindy Ballreich and the trio have been performing their signature brand of ‘Sounds of the New Old West’ all … [Read more...]