Bastille – Bad Blood – CD

Bastille – Bad Blood – CD

Bastille – Bad Blood – CD (Virgin Records) Like many others I became aware of Bastille due to their infectious hit “Pompeii” with its great driving rhythm, haunting vocal lines and unique instrumentation structure. As I dug deeper into this indie electronic...
Robert Delong – Just Movement – CD

Robert Delong – Just Movement – CD

Robert Delong – Just Movement – CD (Glass Note) Robert Delong’s debut album is a great piece of electronica dance music fused with quality singer / songwriter lyrical ability. Many of the songs also have a world beat feel running through them due to his...
MS MR – Secondhand Rapture – CD

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture – CD

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture – CD The dark brooding electronica sound drew me in and the soaring harmonies kept me deeply involved. MS MR are a great blend of sullen and sultry with rhythm and hooks to spare. The lyrics are another strong point with plenty of...
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals – CD (Mom + Pop Music) While I will admit that Sleigh Bells’ third release isn’t as strong as either of their previous two, I still think that it is one of the best releases of the year which I’ve heard. This dynamic duo plays catchy...
Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart – CD

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart – CD

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart – CD (Polydor Records) Frank Turner’s latest release is full of wonderful, heartfelt alternative folk songs that are catchy as well as though provoking. Between his deeply personal lyrics and ability to write a hook it’s hard not...
Woodkid – The Golden Age – CD

Woodkid – The Golden Age – CD

Woodkid – The Golden Age – CD (Interscope Records) This debut release by Woodkid is full of sweeping, dramatic songs that bring to mind epic stories. I felt that many of the songs were almost ready-made for videos and then wasn’t too surprised to find out that...
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave – CD

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave – CD

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave – CD (Canvasback) Well, this release was actually from 2012, but I didn’t discover it until 2013 and I wanted to pass it along in case you are unaware of this amazing band for some reason. An Awesome Wave is one of the rare releases I’ve...