Gingerlys: Summer Cramps

Summer Cramps

Gingerlys have quickly become one of my favorite new bands this year and they haven’t even released a full-length album yet. There’s just something so alluring and magical about their sound that you can’t help but fall in love from the first few notes your hear. The Brooklyn five-piece blends a shoegaze aesthetic with indie pop songwriting and the jangly guitars of the Go-Betweens or The Smiths. Following their first few flawless singles, the new Summer Cramps EP finds Gingerlys even stronger than before. The wash of reverb-drenched guitars and synths mix with Maria Garnica’s dreamy vocals and accentuate her saccharine melodies. But as intoxicating as the sonic quality is, what has always made Gingerlys stand out for me is their songwriting.

Elliot Moss- Highspeeds


At 19, New York-based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer Elliot Moss‘s debut album, Highspeeds, is a very impressive release. Recorded, produced, and mixed almost entirely by the young musician himself, the ten songs showcase impeccable attention to detail in both the songwriting and the arrangement. With a cool, dark, electronic aesthetic, the album expresses cynical and personal lyrics with a uniquely maximalist approach. But more importantly, it works.


Touche Amore, a post-hardcore band from the Los Angeles area has just released their third full length album Is Survived By in September of 2013. If you have not yet heard this band’s music, but are into any variations of post-hardcore/punk/screamo you might want to go ahead and attend one of Touche Amore’s shows or pick up one of the albums. For references, think of any bands like La Dispute, Pianos Become Teeth, Converge or Defeater.

Wait Until The Night

Earlier this year, we reviewed Jared Saltiel’s phenomenal full-length, The Light Within. Last week, his brother Jason Saltiel released an equally brilliant EP, Wait Until The Night. Where Jared’s LP used a lens of ornate chamber-pop to explore fantastical lyrical adventures and americana blues, the other Saltiel focuses that same lens of ’60s lounge-pop and bossa nova. Part Bacharach, part Jens Lekman, Saltiel’s melodies soar in an elegant but fragile falsetto, his chords cleverly move in unusual ways, the arrangements (written by both Saltiel brothers) swell with strings, woodwinds, and various percussion instruments. 

Matt Olsson- Part One: The Sabotage


Matt Olsson The SabotageThe story of two young spies in Europe during the beginning of the Cold War, Matt Olsson‘s verbose folk-concept album Part One: The Sabotage is the first of two installments. Calling on varied influences from The Decemberists, Tom Waits, and Devendra Banhart, as well as a number of literary works, The Sabotage has a musical scope to match the expansive narrative scope. With love, death, gunfights, and intrigue, the 11-song album is full of the passion and detail of a Romantic European novel. That his melodies are so strong and his music so interesting only makes the experience all the better.

Miniboone’s Self-Titled Album


Brooklyn 5-piece rock group, Miniboone, is about to release their self-titled debut album tomorrow. But you can currently stream the whole album over at Prefix. Which you should definitely do, because it’s very good. The group, who really caught my attention with their Hall and Oates-leaning “Baby, I Hope So“, offer a unique brand of power-pop. Their songs are silly and fun, their melodies are infectious, and their arrangements are in your face. The sound recalls classic-era Weezer, but the compositions cleverly pull from 70s punk, new wave, and blue-eyed soul as much as from modern indie rock. When opening track, “The Superposition of Human Affection,” opens with a series of crashing chords and a distorted drum fill, the vocals come in with a B-52s affection. And it’s these  kind of sonic juxtapositions that make Miniboone such an enjoyable listen.

Andrea Perry: Four


In addition to releasing four solo albums, Andrea Perry has made a career for herself in music publishing and composing for video games and commercials. This varied musical experience is evident in her smart, sophisticated pop music. Four, Perry’s most recent project, is a perfect example of this. As beautiful as her melodies and lyrics are, it is her immaculate arranging skills that stand out.

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