S. Carey – “Range of Light”
Sean Carey may be better known as the drummer and backing vocalist in Bon Iver, but his solo project is nothing to overlook. In “Range of Light,” Carey uses his classical percussion education and finely tuned musicianship to emphasize the instrumentation. The result, inspired by the nature and landscapes of the west, is a quiet, precisely crafted work in the same soft style that brought him to fame. Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, also provides backing vocals on many of the songs.
Mac DeMarco – “Salad Days”
The Canadian singer-songwriter’s reputation for ridiculous onstage antics and carefree slacker attitude make the maturity of his latest full-length album come as a surprise. The breezy indie rock songs are accompanied by earnest lyrics of love and loss, along with his distinct guitar lines. In this album, it is clear that DeMarco has been refining his style and progressing as an artist.
Cloud Nothings – “Here And Nowhere Else”
Cloud Nothings’ third album is one of well-crafted chaos and intensely catchy melodies. Their sound is driven by gritty instrumentation and fast-paced riffs, with chugging rhythm guitars and double-time drumming. The high energy punk vibe is just what you’d expect from Cloud Nothings, with frontman Dylan Baldi’s urgent vocals leading the pack.