MagazineDec - 16 - 13
It's no simple thing to switch genres in the middle of one's career, but if anyone has pulled it off, it's Caroline Smith. Her latest release Half About Being A Woman, an R&B record with neo-soul influences, diverges sharply from her earlier folk efforts while still managing to keep Smith's vocals, talented songwriting, and empowered lyrics front and center. "Magazine" is one of our favorites off of the album, and definitely worth your time. Check it out below!
A Real HeroDec - 12 - 13
The shiny new feel-good-about-yourself single, “A Real Hero” from the High Highs sparkles with electric buzz and danceable beats. An overwhelming symphony of soft, dreamy voices and textured synths cascade down from the New Wave heavens in this cover of College's hit song. An indie kid love anthem, the original gained prominence for its use in the Ryan Gosling film "Drive", and the High Highs have certainly proven themselves worthy of covering the same ground with this glossy, dance-pop galactic sound. A message from the High Highs: Get Happy, People.
Hymn For the Greatest GenerationDec - 11 - 13
It’s okay to cry. Gloomy rock instrumentalists Caspian call forth rainy day ambiance and bummed-out beauty on “Hymn For the Greatest Generation.” The sad strings and intricate guitar patterns promote deep thought and introspection. So the next time you’re discussing Van Gogh with some friends around a warm fire, let this be your guide.
GardenDec - 10 - 13
Brooklyn’s alt-pop connoisseurs Honey Wild reimagine the garage with dreamy guitars, warm, echoing vocals, and jangly beats on the new single “Garden.” This Vampire Weekend-esque blast of bubble gum sunshine embodies the new vision of rock music and evokes a place that isn’t covered by snow—see album cover if you’ve forgotten what that looks like. A sticky track, but beware of summertime longing: it’s only December.
Sea of WhiteDec - 09 - 13
Though it may have a title that evokes holiday-themed, wintery ideas, Tough Age's track "Sea of White" is by no means a department store Christmas carol. With a raw surf-punk sound that makes you want to rip down the mistletoe and guitars that not only melt your face, but also the snow, this track is instantly likable. So tell the carolers to go home, and press play, because you've got a new holiday tradition to start.