Consider me, Ghost
(2009. Fir Traders Union)
RIYL: It Was Hot We Stayed In the Water, The Capstan Shafts, average vocals.
Lo-fi music makes me want to vomit. Don’t get me wrong I’m a sucker for a bit of clatter and fuzz with my pop music, but the recent slew of lo-fi bands getting hyped via the blogosphere has allowed far too many bands that quite frankly aren’t worth anyone’s time onto best of lists, while more deserving contenders are falling way below the radar. M. Pyres is one of those bands. Really good pop songs with louder than loud drums, fuzzed out guitars and straight forward no frills vocals. This isn’t an album out to impress the wannabe hippie tape label kids. It’s just a batch of solid indie pop songs with fair dose of lo-fi hiss and boom. One of my favorites of the year.
Critique of the Beautiful
(2009. Gneiss Things)
RIYL: Emeralds, Lilypad, boring science fiction movies
This album is dope. Great blend of soft synth drones and static waves. Totally sets the mood for doing nothing. Old Steve is one third of Emeralds, and as of right now I’m digging this more than What Happened. It kind of sounds like the background music to a sex-ed film I watched in Jr. High. But ya, if you can fake an attention span check this album out, pretty darn good.
Steve Hauschildt on MySpace
(2009. Quarter Stick)
Sounds Like: Black Eyes, if they were more lazy than punk.
Black Eyes, bla bla bla… Okay now that I got this out of the way, Watersports is a pretty fun album. Actually, I’m going to need to go back to Black Eyes, cuz this album basically sounds like what Black Eyes would of if they smoked a lot more weed and weren’t on Dischord Records. The album is less focused, and a bit more spacey and vibey then their punky predecessor. But ya, still a solid album worth checking out if you dug anything about Black Eyes. And just for the record, Cough is one of the best albums of all time.