Posts Tagged Indie pop

MUSIC: This is Wheat, a long-time favorite Boston band of mine

Who: Scott Levesque, Brendan Harney, Ricky Brennan and Kenny Madaras

From: Boston


Medeiros (1998)
Hope & Adams (1999)
Per Second, Per Second, Per Second… Every Second (2003) –picks: “I Met a Girl,” “The Beginner,” “World United Already”
That’s Exactly What I Wanted… Exactly That (EP, 2006)
Every Day I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square (2007)
White Ink, Black Ink (2009)– picks: “Changes Is,” “My Warning,” “Music is Drugs”

–of course Wheat is my favorite Boston band so I adore everything

Sound: wistful, dreamy, layered, gorgeous indie-pop

Wheat is working on a new album. In the meantime, the band plans to release three singles.

first up:
there’s unusual vocalization and arrangement on the techno-infused “The Used to B in Love Blues”
“House of Kiss” simultaneously comforts and charges

from Wheat’s press release:
Wheat will release 3 limited edition CD singles. Each single will feature 2 new tracks, exclusive artwork hand-screened by the band, full liner notes and free downloads. Subsequent months will have a new single, each with two additional tracks. This project will culminate in a yet-untitled, limited edition CD along with other exclusive downloads. The single can be purchased now through the band’s website and on October 10, at a music store near you.

Official website

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Laura Jansen: music review

album: Bells
release date: March 22
label: Decca

Infusing her music with genuine emotion and thoughtful lyrics, Laura Jansen is an intelligent and talented Katy Perry. She’s a playful free spirit with an enchanting voice. She also looks like a Dutch Katie Holmes. The beautiful folk-pop songs make you feel like Jansen’s singing in a conversational-style while both reflecting on and relishing in her experiences. Some songs are pensive, some more upbeat/quirky and in all she generously shares herself.

my picks:
Single Girls
Use Somebody [Kings of Leon cover]
Wicked World


Purchase at Amazon: Bells

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MUSIC review: The Radio Dept.

Release Date: April 20

Swedish band The Radio Dept. hit the indie pop scene in 2003. The band’s latest release Clinging to a Scheme provides that washed over, benzodiazepine-infused, contented haze. Reminiscent of Spiritualized and The Beautiful South, the band combines intriguing compositions and hypnotic vocals for an engulfing, atmospheric feeling. A dreamy and soothing collection. This band is so cool that Sofia Coppola used three tracks from The Radio Dept. on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. Guaranteed to be played on repeat, Clinging to a Scheme proves to be truly addicting.

Check out: Never Follow Suit, Domestic Scene, You Stopped Making Sense and Memory Loss

Download Never Follow Suit for FREE

The Radio Dept. website

Buy at Amazon: Clinging To A Scheme

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