Album Review: 22, A Million

Bon Iver — 22, A Million (2016) The return of Bon Iver! Some would say that the beloved indie folk band never left. Since the release of Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011), Justin Vernon has found himself on all corners of the music scene, releasing an album with Volcano Choir (the fantastic Repave (2013)) and collaborating…

Album Review: Key Change

Mocky — Key Change (2015) “A fantasy ride through the underground world of intense cross-genre musical experimentation,” is how a colleague described experiencing a Mocky concert in Munich, back in October. Garnering acclaim from European music critics and a cult-following from adventurous (and not just alternative) music fans everywhere. Mocky, also known as Dominic Salole, hails from…

Album Review: Fools

Wild Child — Fools (2015) Pleasant, catchy, and incredibly satisfying. Now three albums in and seven musicians deep, this Austin-based outfit has proven that its “indie darlings” status is no transient title. With Fools (2015), Wild Child builds on the infectious “indie-pop yet folksy but we reject labels” sound of Pillow Talk (2011) and The Runaround (2013) while also…

Album Review: Bury Me at Makeout Creek

Mitski — Bury Me At Makeout Creek (2014) Lo-fi singer-songwriter-rocker with an occasional anti-folk highlight, and plenty of grungy lowlights. Her voice developed somewhere between a less-upbeat Courtney Barnett, more angsty Emmy the Great circa 2009, and — dare I suggest — maybe if an early Alanis Morissette was indie and took a different course with…