Purveyors of smooth-fi and all around chill guys, Benjamin Louisiana & Thomas Crystal, better known as Work Drugs, have been cranking out the hits with a massive catalog of music. Rather than release an album yearly, Philadelphia’s premier Bat Mitzvah and Quincenera party band (they’ve got jokes) have been releasing albums at a much faster pace. One of their more recent releases is the album, Delta. It features 11 velvety tracks that you’ll find impossible not to dance to on a night out on the town.
Let the waves guide you to some experimental indie. Los Angeles based Minnow have produced a really great and open feeling album. The self-titled work shows off how dynamic the band can be yet there’s a cohesive element that binds each song to one another, allowing the listener a sense of completeness. Ambient elements are present throughout but mainly serve as an expansive room that holds the solid drum work and wonderful guitar.
Wildcat Strike came onto our radar with their energetic rock & roll sound. Forming just over a year and a half ago (still relatively young in band years), the five member band has already released a thunderous debut. The self-titled album has no shortage of catchy songs. The entire album is packed with piano, solid guitar riffs, polished drums, and melodious vocals. You can really feel that the band had a lot of fun writing and recording. The vibe really comes through in the finished work.
Beginning as the bedroom pop brainchild of Toronto musician Jonathan Relph, Indoor Voices has managed to develop a sound that remains intimate yet grandly atmospheric as well. The five piece band has created a contemplative vibe by their use of airy layers and subtle textures. It’s a perfect soundtrack to life’s moments when one needs to just sit back and let the scenery do the talking.
North Carolina doesn’t seem like the celestial type of place but it does contain at least one luminary band. Center of the Sun is a dreamy pop-rock band that carries a bit of grit & gloom for that added dose of heaviness. Ally Hoffman’s vocals are a wonderful addition to the fuzzy guitars and solid drum work. Upon first listen, Machine Gun sounds reminiscent of early 90s alternative but with modern flair. Vaguely like The Cranberries but with a style all their own.
Browsing across the vast sea of releases, we came across a band that shares its name with a small settlement in Pokémon. The namesake of course being, Palette Town. The Miami “elite four”-piece has recently released a follow up to their self titled release last year. Life, Love, & Laser Guns is a fantastic sophomore effort that shows the band has a lot to offer.