one of my most anticipated records of the year, lemuria delivered very well on their latest full-length, “the distance is so big.” cutting and clever lyrics and varied instrumentation combine to make a very good rock record. the production value has also been amplified significantly on this thing - i like hearing the little pokes of synth from time to time along with the increase in layered vocals. this band is great at making pop-rock songs that keep you guessing as to what direction they will go.
my one complaint about this record is in regards to its promotion. the record streamed on npr music prior to its release but did see the same type of press as opposed to some of the younger guns in this genre. for such a strong album from a band that has been around for a while, it is incredibly disappointing to see it being overlooked by critics and music fans alike.
one of the best heavier releases that i heard this year came from chicago’s lord snow. their record “solitude” features dark screamo / punk with terrifying male and female vocals and chaotic, spastic instrumentals. this band is tight.
little big league delivered a very solid full-length debut this summer called “these are good people”. to make a very shallow comparison, i’ve heard this band described as “a less weird hop along” and i guess i would agree. little big league is centered around michelle zauner’s very well-crafted and specific lyrics, her yearning vocals, and ear for engaging guitar parts that is complimented well with the seasoned musicianship of other members of the band (former members of titus andronicus and strands of oaks). a great indie rock record with a gripping personal insight lyrically.
here’s the first track off of the first nine of swords release. it’s called “snow.”
after being unimpressed by “dark world” i wasn’t really rushing to listen to the pity sex record from this year. after some crimsoning of my bottom from many friends, i took the dive and downloaded “feast of love”. and i liked it! this record doesn’t bring anything incredibly groundbreaking to the table, but i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t bumping this record on repeat all summer long. the highly effected dual vocals and fuzzed-out guitars really make a nice combo along with that slight emo sensibility. in a sea of run for cover bands aping 90s shoegaze/grunge aesthetics and sounds (daylight, turnover, citizen, other one-named yawntastic bands) this band does it the most genuinely. let’s not talk about the “emo revival,” let’s talk about the college rock revival.
this is how you do a break-up song.
also, i think i prefer this version to the version to the one on “same oul’ town”.
also, this video rules.