Royal Forest – s/t EP

Royal Forest are very much an indie rock band of the aughtie definition – meaning, they take a lot of songwriting tips from the heroes of the scene today; Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse etc. This is hardly a new development, a large crop of bands like Freelance Whales and Local Natives have forgone any influence from the pre-Moon and … [Read more...]

The Cush – Between Leaves

Generally when I’m reviewing a band I’m unfamiliar with, I’ll try to make guesses about their sound based on album art, press photos, and of course, song titles. With The Cush I was operating under the assumption that they were going to be some Atlantic hush-folk act in the same realm as the Bon Ivers and Iron & Wines of the world. After all, … [Read more...]

Stellarscope – This Is Who We Are

With an extensive discography that boasts an impressive album per year ratio, you’d be in good company expecting shoegaze outfit Stellarscope to sound every bit like the veteran act they appear to be on paper. Yet with more than a dozen recordings under their belts since 1998, these Philadelphia psychedelic rockers ironically still sound like a … [Read more...]

Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years

The thing about Super Furry Animals is that they simply do not put out bad albums. In many ways, the Welsh rock band has cemented themselves as some of the finest set of musicians currently making music. The level of quality, at a remarkably consistent pace, that all of their releases are cared for is exceptional. And honestly, very few other bands … [Read more...]