Centro-Matic – Love You Just The Same

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

alt bar rock Americana

Moods

Articulate bar-fly

Thoughts

pretty good with solid songwriting, I just find myself having less interest in traditional rock. I can't articulate a specific reason for why I don't like this record, it just plays like a boring drag and I wasn't a less to get through a second listen.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Centro-Matic-Love-You-Just-The-Same/release/1225270

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

The Get Up Kids – Something To Write Home About

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Emo pop rock

Moods

A melodic ode to coming of age relationships.

Thoughts

I've listened to this album a lot, it's impossible to talk about objectively. It doesn't sound as good or profound as it did 20 years ago but I think I'm the one that's changed. Addressing its faults I'd point to overly wordy lyrics and bland instrumentation. However the melodies and just straightforward memorability of these songs is hard to deny. The basic Moog lines add just the right amount of emotional highlight.

I think it does stand the test of time rather than just serving as a nostalgic memento of emos golden age. Is it for everyone? Definitely not but I'm sure this and the rest of the get up kids early catalog could find some modern fans.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Get-Up-Kids-Something-To-Write-Home-About/release/1262915

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgqxFcVD89M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-nuYrZE94A

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Atlas Sound – Parallax

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

artsy adult contemporary indie pop

Moods

A dark kind of love

Thoughts

Heartfelt and engaging. The first half is an excellent set of mature chilled-out indie rock. Cox is an excellent lyricist, a natural poet without pretense. His vocal range is limited but he works it well here, changing styles as needed but with a certain drifting casualness. Has a slight twinge of panda bear like psychedelica.

Things drag toward the end, track times get longer and I find it a bit exhausting.

Te amo is a magnificent track.

This album is as good as any great indie album I've heard in the past 10 years. Benefiting from Bradford Cox's steadfast vision rather than a flurry of ideas from a young band. Recommended.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Atlas-Sound-Parallax/release/3650273

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iVRuAUKrds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rY5Uf4E0e4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8YrrkDvZ-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdBaAGyeKvE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgIGChuG8Og

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

edgy pop punk alt indie rock

Moods

Live show, small club

Thoughts

Like it, has an accessible popiness to it while still maintaining an precise edgey quickness (think agile backbeat and little guitar licks ). She's got an art pop thing with her singing that adds a curious dimension. Discogs tags this as experimental which I think is a stretch but it's exploratory.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Marnie-Stern-The-Chronicles-Of-Marnia/release/4378698

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8-pS1yXR8g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P5MSa8EGKE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UdHTtdmQ0A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcbYGQgIqYk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up713oIPRyA

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

American Football – American Football

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Golden age emo meets math rock

Moods

Songs I play when walking over to your place

Thoughts

Adds to the typical somber 'classic' emo format with well timed brass and tasteful/tight percussion. All of this additional instrumentation is good with songwriting that builds in a skillful way. I think it's a stretch to call this emo jazz as it's referenced on Wikipedia but it's distinct enough to call out.

‘Honestly’ is a great highlight showing the strengths of this album: mellow catchy introspection breaking into an extended jam type thing; letting emotion and tension playout in a natural way. You can feel the frustration and confusion of a breakup.

This type of genuineness is what drew me to emo initially and is captured beautifully here. Recommended for golden age emo fans who need something more than the pop-punk mold.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/American-Football-American-Football/release/450722

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NfnXdXpjL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uj2JpvsvX4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CU4VGgX0nA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCBUK_mvY4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr_DMGZ-JrY

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Hippo Campus – Landmark

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

An indie band with pro production

Moods

Remember that godawful song 'holiday' by vampire weekend? These songs capture that memorable poppy summerness featuring lyrics that are comfortable yet inquisitive.

Thoughts

Hate to keep using other bands to describe hippo campus but this reminds me of early Phoenix with some production flair. Works well, there are some all out classics on that I think a lot of people would enjoy. ‘Vacation’ is probably the best example with it's anthem worthy hook and shimmering mellow vibe like a chillwave version of pavement for today's 20 somethings.

BJ Burton produced this. The more I hear his work I realize he's developing a track record of seriously good music.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Hippo-Campus-Landmark/release/10084727

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TQKEUne5Q

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Low – Double Negative

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Dark distorted ethereal electronic rock

Moods

One of 2018s best

Thoughts

They've taken that distorted sound that borrows from industrial (yeezus, arca, SoundCloud rap) and turned it into something poetic. I think it's best as the succinct ep disarray but it's all good stuff.

Apparently a lot of the sound is credited to producer BJ Burton. There's a playlist on Spotify that samples some of his productions, worth a listen to and someone I'll be keeping a lookout for.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Low-Double-Negative/release/12988816

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m31A4ZGss0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob0CILJ93bA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvEozu4Obfs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Enxzh-O9Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzMo-EpWcPA

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Into It. Over It. – Intersections

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

New school emo

Moods

Introspective and sentimental – revisiting your old highschool

Thoughts

Intersections is the good one, standards is the lame one. Just gonna write both reviews for them here:

Intersections

There's a mature social introspection that separates this from the classic emo-pop I liked in my teens. Hard to deny the poppy directness of his songs, it's as if he's taken the best parts of emo songwriting and applied them as an adult songwriter.

Aside from an off-putting smugness in his delivery but I found this is a satisfying listen overall. At 32 and feeds a trip down nostalgia lane while still feeling new.

Standards

Don't like this one as much as intersections. Pretty good for the genere, mature emo singer songwriter. Lyrics and melodies don't sink in the same way.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Into-It-Over-It-Intersections/release/5029842

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Into It. Over It. – Standards

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Revivalist emo singer songwriter

Moods

Revisiting your high school

Thoughts

There's a mature social introspection that separates this from the classic emo-pop I liked in my teens. Hard to deny the poppy directness of his songs, it's as if he's taken the best parts of emo songwriting and applied them as an adult songwriter.

Aside from an off-putting smugness in his delivery but I found this is a satisfying listen overall. At 32 and feeds a trip down nostalgia lane while still feeling new.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Into-It-Over-It-Standards/release/8242767

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Galaxie 500 – Today

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Guitar driven pop rock

Moods
Overly sophisticated college kid

Thoughts
Textbook college rock, not my thing. Dragged and lacked energy.

The one exception is ‘Don’t let our youth go to waste’, classic track.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Galaxie-500-Today/release/671150

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Rating: 2 out of 5