Dec 30, 2021
Dec 27, 2021
ifitbeyourwill Best of 2021
Dec 23, 2021
Z Tapes • Christmas 2021
Dec 22, 2021
Tom Rosenthal • Letter Song • 2021
I hope your adventures are still misconceivedAnd how are you?Don't say fineI enclose to you a little chequeFor your gambling debtsAnd your secret livesI don't know how you'd write to meBut you could trySend it in the morning with a lick of lightFire it into the dead of nightOh, you might not recognise meWhen I get backAre you still coming last or first?Stay out of the middleAnd roll your diceNothing is the end of the worldExcept the end of the worldSo hold your lightOh, this postcard may beat me homeMay beat me home, I knowHave you tried Montaigne on friendship?Maybe give it a goDid England win the world cup?We don't get mail or papers hereBut that doesn't mean that I'm giving upAnd if you write to me then it might appearI don't know how you'd get to meBut you could trySend it with the calling of the evening lightAnd fire it into a summer's nightOh, you might not recognize meWhen I get backOh, you might not recognize meOh, you might not recognize me when I get backWhat's your latest obsession?And tell me, how is your mum?What will your face look likeWhen I see you again, my son?
Dec 15, 2021
Emma Kupa • Hey Love • 2020
Joe Kenkel • Sweeping • 2021
"Kenkel, a sophisticated folk-rock songwriter, documents Music City’s idiosyncrasies on his debut LP, with acutely observant lyrics that weave their way through a host of characters that you’ve probably encountered: strange men with unsolicited advice, churchgoing neighbors, the guy sweeping up downtown after the party crowd makes its way home."
- Nashville Scene
"Kenkel’s drumming and synth inject a fluid current underneath, carrying the song with precision and care."
- Post Trash
"Joe Kenkel is a kindred spirit, a folk rock singer with respect but not reverence for the certitudes of Southern life."
- Dusted Magazine
Joris Delacroix • Homie • 2021
George Harrison • My Sweet Lord • 2021
San Fermin & The Districts • Nothingness • 2021
"Vibey, blissful, and oh-so-dreamy"
"It’s a characteristically lush offering, with hints of San Fermin’s expansive string-backed chamber pop soundscapes set against Jenn Wasner’s ethereal vocals and some warm synth melodies."
- Under the Radar
"Lush, with an emphasis on both harmony and rhythm."
- Brooklyn Vegan
Dec 13, 2021
Hurray for the Riff Raff • RHODODENDRON • 2021
Stanley Brinks & Freschard • "Lion Heart" • 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Kitten • The End of Sunshine • 2021
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez • '40 Days' • 2021
Safety Town • Fade Away • 2021
"The track blooms with twinkling synths and all-powerful piano chords that grab your attention from the gate, and stands as a testament to frontman Jackson Davis’ affinity for creating larger-than-life, multi-layered synth-pop offerings."
"'Fake It,' the title track of the upcoming album, is emblematic of the synth pop delights Davis offers, featuring interlocking drum machine beats, soft and sweet vocals, and a dizzying array of synth textures."
- Under the Radar
Dec 9, 2021
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah • "Thousand Oaks" • 2021
The Haunted Youth • Coming Home • 2021
Dec 8, 2021
Black Doldrums • Sad Paradise • 2021
Dec 5, 2021
Phoebe Bridgers on Austin City Limits "I Know the End" • 2021
Letting Up Despite Great Faults • Corners Pressed • 2021
"Corners Pressed” is a more upbeat, pop-influenced track compared to Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ usual heavy sound."
- Indie 88
"A radiant new single from this Austin group built around a leaping keyboard line and topped with a gentle vocal melody."
- Bandcamp New and Notable
"A backdrop of swoony synths that perfectly emulate the moody haze of being in the thick of devotion to another human being"
Dec 3, 2021
GORILLA VS. BEAR • SONGS of 2021
Presenting our favorite songs of 2021: I posted up our favorite albums of the year earlier this week, and while that list inevitably gets the most attention, I started this site back in 2005 for the songs, and the way they make us feel. We're trying something different this time out: We loved well over 100 songs this year and ranking them all feels absurd, so here are the 30 that moved us the most, in no particular order at all
Nov 25, 2021
sunn O))) • Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music • 2019
Nov 23, 2021
Triptides • So Many Days • 2021
Nov 19, 2021
Deca • Source Material • 2021
Working out of New York and previously a vital cog of Denver’s early 2000s hip hop machinery, Deca is a gestalt rapper, producer and visual artist with a dedicated global following. Since his debut album ‘The Veil’ in 2011, Deca’s released six more long players including the acclaimed ‘The Ocean’ in 2013, which brought him to wider attention.
MONSTA X • 몬스타엑스 'Rush Hour' • 2021
Yot Club • Alive • 2021
"The minimalistic yet carefully layered production taps into a hazy, warm vibe that comforts right from the first notes of guitars and synths."
"'Alive' is a perfect example of how the world works, it’s not all black and white, and there can be fun in boring and artificial suburbs."
"A lo-fi indie pop tune packed with clean, dreamy guitar riffs and hazy vocals."
"Similarly to his past sunshine-drenched releases, 'Alive' is a warm, synth-driven pop-rock tune that’s ultimately feel-good and summery by nature."
"‘Alive’ is practically dripping with melancholy in spite of its breezy, feather-light sound."
- Backseat Mafia
"A fresh lofi / DIY masterpiece"
- Indie Tapes
Z Tapes • Fall 2021
Nov 18, 2021
Field Guide - Parachutes ft. Begonia
- American Songwriter
"The entrancing song barely reaches one minute in length, but its beauty stretches far beyond"
- Cool Hunting
"Revolves around beautiful harmonies and a stripped back guitar line"
"Infused with originality and charm, the track gives us a glimpse of the cozy, intimate vibes that transform the classic Coldplay record into something more comforting and atmospheric."