After going on a brief hiatus and putting down his guitar for the first time in 15 years, Horse Feathers' lead singer Justin Ringle realized he desperately needed to have more fun with music. The group's new album, "So It Is With Us" is Ringle's transition from sad and quiet to upbeat and spirited. The album is unlike any of their previous releases; it features stronger drums and bass, powerful violins and climactic tempos with intros that build energy.
Distilling their earlier indie sound through a mild synth-pop filter, TV on the Radio release "Seeds," an album full of intricate and catchy tracks that have the face of radio-friendly indie pop and the heart of TV on the Radio.
While "This Is All Yours" is most notable for its standout tracks -- "Every Other Freckle," "Hunger of the Pine" and "Left Hand Free" -- the rest of alt-J's latest effort is much more than filler to round out the radio-friendly tunes. Rather, "This Is All Yours" is a slow-paced album of well-constructed, meditative synth-pop, punctuated by three standout tracks.
With winter rapidly approaching, Allo Darlin's new album is a welcomed warmth. "We Come From the Same Place" is quiet, tender pop music, easy to overlook at first. Although the album is not a big production, it is both comforting and compelling.
The ‘90s may be long gone and Top 40 radio may be awash with cookie-cutter EDM tracks, but Aphex Twin keeps his influentially artistic take on electronic music alive with his latest album, “Syro.”
This latest release from Flying Lotus, "You're Dead!" pushes genre bending to its extremes. Although centered around the hip-hop structure, the album incorporates jazz, experimental electronic music and even some orchestral sounds. The album is intensely thematic, with every melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and lyric focused on death in a playful and mocking tone.
Existing somewhere between chillwave, dream pop and trip hop, Seattle duo ODESZA manage to create a unique sound in a saturated field of music. On the sophomore album "In Return" ODESZA has developed from just another bass-and-sample glo-fi act to a mature and sophisticated duo.
For the past few years it seemed that things were beginning to slow down for the New Pornographers, as if they were beginning to fade. Their new album, "Brill Bruisers," is their revival. Frontman, A.C. Newman has said that after a dark period nothing is holding him down anymore. "Brill Bruisers" is a celebrates this new outlook.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.