Eight-piece Ages and Ages evades the sophomore slump with youthful, vibrant soundwaves in its new chamber-pop release, "Divisionary."
Ryan Lott had never been to St. Louis. The Brooklyn, N.Y. dweller, and brain behind Son Lux, spent upwards of seven weeks holed up in Indiana. Presumably, he worked fastidiously on "Lanterns," Son Lux's third release, and developed an insatiable appetite for corn and Pacers basketball.
Featuring the vocals of Ben Talmi, Boston's Art Decade employs a live approach to synth-pop -- that's a 15-piece orchestra you're hearing -- that results in a teenage symphony to pure romance called "No One's Waiting."
For the uninitiated, Scarlet Tanager may seem to have all the elements for a successful cult. The St. Louis six piece has family ties (vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Logsdon is married to lead vocalist/guitarist Susan Logsdon, whose brother guitarist Josh Shepherd is married to keyboardist Jordan Shepherd, along with old friends bassist Dustin Kent and drummer Matt Davidson), spreads an impossibly upbeat but always believable gospel of happiness, and delivers contagious live performances that draw everyone in to commune in the good vibes of pop music.
What's in a name? For the Spring Standards, a name means a lot. And though they spent hours and days agonizing over their own, they're still not necessarily happy with it.
The Spring Standards are really nice people; altogether too nice. In a way, they're like '50s television characters, eternally optimistic best friends, eternally high school students.
Horse Feathers' frontman Justin Ringle pours lilt and swagger into every dark corner of the band's ornate music.