Category: Indie

Cesar Saez – Perdido

Over the summer I was able to see Adan & Xavi y los Imanes, a project of Adan Jodorowsky, live at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. Among the openers was Cesar Saez, an upcoming singer-songwriter in the Latino scene in LA. Although showing inexperience in live presentation, Cesar Saez and his Viajeros put on quite an impressive show that seemed to win over the crowd. Playing what he terms as indie bolero, I knew that this was an artist that warranted my attention as I later eagerly awaited the release of his debut EP, Perdido. (more…)

J. Tillman – Year in the Kingdom

Sometimes all good music needs is an acoustic guitar and a decent voice to be incredibly effective. That is very much the case with J. Tillman and his prior solo albums before his reincarnation as Father John Misty. Before and during Tillman’s brief time as Fleet Foxes’ drummer, Tillman crafted a number of solo acoustic albums that seeped with melancholy and earthy tones. (more…)

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David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble – Sliding the Same Way

Hailing from Otley, which is near Leeds in England, David Thomas Broughton has teamed up with Juice Vocal Ensemble on the album Sliding the Same Way. David Thomas Broughton is an interesting “indie” folk musician with an uncanny vocal and musical style. (more…)

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Ola Podrida – Ola Podrida

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Despite the simplicity of the instrumentation, Ola Podrida’s self-titled debut always seems to hold my attention. After discovering this album through Last.fm, it was played daily for quite some time. David Wingo’s Ola Podrida plays a simple, yet genuine “indie” folk filled with melancholy. (more…)

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Songs: Ohia – Ghost Tropic

The music world lost a big name last year in 2013 with Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame. Molina was a master at melancholic lo-fi folk and his work has influenced numerous others since. My favorite album that Molina was involved with was Ghost Tropic under the Songs: Ohia moniker. (more…)

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Phosphorescent – Pride

Phosphorescent is the “indie” folk project of Matthew Houck, who is originally from Alabama, but moved to New York during the recording of his third album Pride. Pride continues in the style of his previous album, which is an interesting brand of folk music that traverses a variety of directions. A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise opens this stellar album with acoustic guitar, minimal drums, tambourines, and Houck’s interesting vocals full of Southern inflections. The music and the layers of instrumentation do not (more…)

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Grizzly Bear – Shields

Prior Grizzly Bear albums showed quite a bit of potential; they were good, but seemed to be missing something. However, with Shields, it seems Grizzly Bear climbed over the mountain and crafted a great album. Grizzly Bear consists of vocalist Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen on vocals and guitar, Christopher Bear on drums, and Chris Taylor on bass. Shields expands on the sound (more…)

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Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

Damien Jurado has gone through numerous changes in sound since his humble beginnings. His early albums were melancholic acoustic works, but over time, his music has taken on more and more layers of sound. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun—Jurado’s most recent album—continues in the vein of Maraqopa with its semi-psychedelic atmosphere created by keyboards (more…)

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Shearwater – Animal Joy

Shearwater has become among my favorite bands over the past several years. Their most recent album, Animal Joy, marked a shift in sound after the majestic art-rock of the Island Arc Trilogy albums, Palo Santo, Rook, and The Golden Archipelago. On Animal Joy, Shearwater scales back their majesty in favor of a more straight-forward rockier approach. It is (more…)

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Strand of Oaks – Heal

Timothy Showalter’s Strand of Oaks has, up to now, been a very solid run-of-the-mill folk singer-songwriter, but on Heal, he and the group greatly expand their sound and explore other sonic realms. The first few albums were slow melancholic works, while the previous album, Dark Shores, showed some rockier edges. Heal ventures into more electronic sound with a 70s/80s feel and also sounds you would find on contemporary “indie” artists. I have really enjoyed all of their previous albums and Heal, despite its general shift in sound, is quite enjoyable as well. The album opens with Goshen ’97, which is an upbeat, driving rock song and the guitars, along with Showalter’s vocals, give it a (more…)

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