Indie Rock

The Deli LA Artist to Watch: Julian Jasper

Julian Jasper's musical foundation has something of a connection to the practically defunct chillwave movement, except that his more straightforward approach to songwriting emphasizes clarity over obscurity. The LA-via-San Diego bedroom recorder's first single, "2 AM, Chinatown", is sung from the perspective of an observer who's taking it all in, acclimating to his surroundings. It's also upbeat dance pop as if coming from an old soul, handled with a muzak-flavored sophistication that gives a welcome exuberance to his more introspective inclinations.

Jasper's first 7", "2 AM, Chinatown / I Don't Mind", is out now via Misra Records. - Juan Rodríguez

 

   

Debut Gladys the Gardener LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The West Philly quartet of Gladys the Gardener, consisting of Nic Sanderson, Bailey Dolan, Andrew Williams and Zooey Cox, inscribes a fuzzy, melodic haze with their debut LP, Pencils Down. A scattering perimeter is met by the consistent drive ahead. However, in moments, that path veers in a pleasant, unexpected smashing, with a punk persuasion or spacing out on a psych-frequency. (Photo by Andrew Tan)

   

Buzz Alert: Don't miss your chance to listen to the Pressure Kid's latest single

 Initially, "You Missed Your Chance," the latest single from Nashville-based band, The Pressure Kids, sounds sweet, dance-y and instantly catchy. With soaring choruses that betray just a bit of twang, strong melodies, and flitting beats, you might almost miss the deeper lyricism lurking beneath the polished track. When you take the time to peel back to the words, the song becomes a mediation on missing chances, the melancholy that surrounds it, and the the strive to move forward and be ok. An anthem for those amid the 20-something malaise, be sure to listen to the single streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

   

Kindling brings their shoegaze-y indie rock to Brighton Hall 1/18

 As their name suggests, there's definitely something incindiary about Easthampton-based band Kindling. Their songs are thick with a nasty, fuzz and feedback coating, paired against ethereal vocals that somehow manage to float above the firey instrumental whirlwind happening beneath them. Catch the band at Brighton Music Hall 1/18 playing with City of Caterpiller and The Saddest Landscape, and be sure to stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

   

Recluse Raccoon brings their soft psych sounds to The Camel 12/9

While the name Recluse Raccoon may have the sheen of simple children's programing, the Richmond-based three-piece is far from delivering clean, simplistic tunes. Billing themselves as a psychedellic-jazz-pop band, the group is certainly not too shy to serve up angular melodies, but Recluse Racoon's tracks never stray too far from structure--they often root themselves with a soft, driving tom-tom--and create tracks that edge toward experimental, but never feel loose. Maybe what's most striking about the band is the voices--gossamer vocals that border on ghostly create a distinct, ethereal, quality to their songs. With a sound that inspires introspection, the band is definitely our suggestion for your next grey, moody day. You can catch Recluse Raccoon playing The Camel 12/9 with Lightfields, The Wimps and Get in the Car, but in the meantime, stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni