Courtney Barnett brings energy to the mundane issues of everyday life by adding rhythm, melody and wit to her musing stories on "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit."
Rhythmically and percussively dense, and stacked to the sky with guitars and keyboards, "Better Days" by Glasgow, Scotland band Kill the Waves, is as persuasive as stadium-ready, experimentally-minded post-rock gets.
"Before the flood, but after the well ran dry/Colors scatter the downtown sky/Waited for an explosion/But I only heard a sigh." Delivered like he has all the time in the world, "Independence Day" by the Last Tycoon (aka John Gladwin of East Atlanta, Georgia) is a brooding, cinematic story, a desert-set film noir in sound and words.
The latest music from Spectator, led by Megan Rooney and Jeff Albert, picks up where the St. Louis band left off three years ago, with its first EP "In the Brick." The weightless melodies and jazzy rhythms are there, but on a track like "Muddy Water," a sense of beautiful foreboding and psychedelic exploration surges forth.
The swinging, horn, harmony and piano-powered sound of "Anonymous" by Fort Frances proves that indie rock and soul really can coexist and even flourish together.