Hair Metal + Techno + Hip Hop - "Theirs is an imperial presence, somewhere near the crossroads of rock, electronic and hip-hop. Though their songs are pop-length, and each is bound to get stuck in your head, these are not actually songs in the conventional sense... While the album is a home studio creation, most of the material begs to strut on stage for a hungry crowd. Indeed, what we have here is a long-awaited stepchild of IDM and hair metal sensibilities, joined by the omnivorous appetite of hip-hop."
90s Instrumental Hip Hop Classic - "One of Josh Davis’ greatest vinyl discoveries was the 1969 album Songs Of Experience by the then largely forgotten Californian composer/producer David Axelrod, and in particular, the melancholic piano figure of its track ‘The Human Abstract’, set to become the central hook of ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’. “I thought the whole album was amazing,” Davis enthuses. “It was one of those records I would just play to everybody else in my kind of little record-digging crew..."
Olivia Newton John remade as an Indie-Rock Diva - "In the video accompanying the single she peers into a vanity mirror at her reflection, maintaining eye contact with her own image as she reaches for various potions and salves, the products she leans on to make herself beautiful. The video comprises several dreamy vignettes shot over the course of a single day at a gallery in Denver... In each scene, there’s a mirror, and Moore stares into it, transfixed."
Mid 60s Indie-Mod - "The stellar album from Glasgow's spectacular pop sextet was influenced by a wide variety of heroes: Jimmy Webb, Lloyd Cole, Connie Francis, Skeeter Davis, The Supremes, and David Lynch. Decidedly upbeat and catchy while also beautifully romantic, quiet, and reflective, Let's Get Out of This Country does not disappoint."
Just go ahead and plan to watch this one full screen... this is a 5 minute mini-movie with plot twists and a protagonist etc, and the music is good as well, much "poppier" than the Strange Trails album I am currently digging but that's not necessarily a bad thing the tight melodies and sweeping majestic chorus changes combine with the vintage cinema visuals to create a very intoxicating effect.
Upbeat Cinematic Indie Pop
Contemporary Dream Pop - "I don't think DIIV intend to be subversive; they're a traditionally structured indie rock band with lyrics that are mostly unintelligible if they're not in the song title. But Oshin isn't just a gorgeous and unusually melodic dream-pop record; it's an interesting experiment in whether a band based on voice/guitar/bass/drums can rely on the guitar to carry the song's meaning."
Lo-Fi Indie Surf - Beach Fossils emerged in 2010 with their self-titled debut album, a lo-fi take on surf rock that launched them to the forefront of New York’s crowded indie rock scene. That’s where they’ve stayed since, sharpening their fidelity and dream-pop instincts on every successive release. This year’s Somersault, their fourth and best yet, envelops crisp guitar jangle and clever songwriting inside cocoons of ornate detail, recalling classic 4AD acts like Cocteau Twins and The The.
First Runner Up - "Stranger Things" Intro Theme Song - “Open,” the first track on In Decay, offers an early glimpse at that path: part vintage video game soundtrack, part sci-fi fantasy, the track introduces Haley’s obsessions with eight-bit-style synthesizers and thick dance beats.
According to the producer, the track is especially prescient. “‘Open’ is virtually opening the vault on the early infant stages of the Com Truise project,” Haley tells Rolling Stone. “I feel like it’s a mission statement of sorts for what would follow.”
Singer - Songwriter
"Weightlessness, no gravity
Were we somewhere in-between?
I'm a ghost of you, you're a ghost of me
A bird's-eye view of San Luis
Oh, highway boys all sleeping in
With their dirty mouths and broken strings
Oh, their eyes are shining like the sea
For you, the queen of San Luis
I'm a ghost of you, you're a ghost of me
A bird's-eye view of San Luis..."
The Jacksonville Single - "Adams’ childhood in the “old city” of Jacksonville was a more idyllic vision. “I lived in this beautiful neighborhood that had a duck pond and I just remember big open spaces and big thunderstorms — I’m talking, like, massive bright daytime clouds. Right around there was a Piggly Wiggly, a local pharmacist, a tobacco shop that … just saying that makes me want to weep. ‘Cause I remember my grandfather smoking a pipe and the smell of his tobacco.”