Indie Pop

Flor – ‘Future Shine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn Future Shine, the third full-length release from Hood River, Oregon band flor is an impressive collection of synth-heavy uptempo dream pop. Songs are lyrically confounding at times, but that never becomes off-putting. Lead singer Zach Grace (who also plays guitar and keyboards) projects a highish voice that often comes off as childlike,… Read more

Florence and the Machine – ‘Dance Fever’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Autumn de Wilde “I am no mother, I am no bride, I am king,” chants Florence Welch on Dance Fever opener “King”; a mission statement for an album that sees the 35-year-old English musician unshackle herself from societal expectations and the malaise of lockdown living. “Florence and The Machine do dance music” is a sentence that,… Read more

Cannons – ‘Fever Dream’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ryan Rundle On stage, Cannons lead singer Michelle Joy is an enigmatic presence – sporting glam-rock looks and exuding a sense of effortless cool. On her band’s third album – and first since their breakthrough LP Shadows (which boasted the band’s first AAA chart-topper) – Joy seeks to transplant this effortless cool into her band’s… Read more

COIN – ‘Uncanny Valley’ Album Review

Photo Credit: COIN via Facebook While the pandemic was a time of pause and reflection for most musicians, it marked the most productive moment for Tennessee-based COIN, which has released a steady stream of music across the last two years. Now, on their third album, the band who broke out in 2016 with the song… Read more

Wet Leg – ‘Wet Leg’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hollie Fernando Only the most hardened of cynics could resist the charm of Wet Leg’s breakout single “Chaise Longue” – filled with euphemisms, deadpan put-downs, and Mean Girls quotes. The band’s rapid rise – with just a handful of songs to their name, they managed to sell-out shows across the world and appeared on multiple… Read more

Carlie Hanson – ‘Tough Boy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ryan Allan Wisconsin’s Carlie Hanson had her big break when her song “Only One” was added to a playlist curated by Taylor Swift. The best moments on her debut album Tough Boy occur when she embraces a Swiftian style of songwriting; where small details are blown up to cinematic proportions – where being in love… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Artists on the Rise in 2022

With Coronavirus receding and the world slowly opening back up, the last year has allowed musicians to finally get back in the studio and record new music. Combine this with a pandemic’s worth of soul-searching and you find an entire generation of new talent making urgent music that meets this moment. From soul-searching singer-songwriters to… Read more

Bastille – ‘Give Me The Future’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Polydor Records/Universal Music Group When the word “future” appears in not only a record’s title but in that of three – count ‘em three – of the songs contained therein, it’s probably a safe bet that what we’re about to hear will end up being a concept album with a science fiction theme. That is… Read more

Mitski – ‘Laurel Hell’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz Laurel Hell was never meant to exist. In June 2019, Mitski Miyawaki announced that a September show in Central Park would be her “last show indefinitely.” “Indefinitely”, she assured fans, did not mean forever, but privately, she had already decided she was quitting the music business. However, she later realized, her recording… Read more

Faye Webster – ‘I Know I’m Funny Haha’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana Faye and I were born in the same year, we have grown up with the same musical influences, we are both convinced that the pedal steel is an amazing instrument, and I connect with everything she has the say about being sad, being happy, and just being. Releasing her debut album Run… Read more