Top 10 for week ending in 11/6/21


10. Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly (Danger Collective Records)

This album has a nice acoustic folk-indie sound that sounds a bit like Hovvdy and Alex G. Joe has said that he was influenced by Chocolate USA, a side project of Neutral Milk Hotel collaborator Julian Koster.”

– Casey C.

9. Julia Shapiro – Zorked (Suicide Squeeze)

Review Pending

8. HOMESHAKE – Under The Weather (Sinderlyn)

Produced with the help of his good friend, Lucas Nathan (Jerry Paper), HOMESHAKE (a.k.a. Peter Sagar) draws the listener into his psyche in a delicate manner. [Under The Weather] is a nice, low-tempo reflection on hard times and Sagar’s struggle with depression. Tracks like “Feel Better” and “Passenger Seat” show the resolve to pick yourself up when times are tough.”

– Casey C.

7. Hovvdy – True Love (Grand Jury)

The indie folk duo are back with twelve new tracks exploring the theme of relationships – whether it be family, friends, or lovers – and how briefly they often come to pass.”

– Michael C.

6. Deerhoof – Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise)

Review Pending

5. Ada Lea – one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden (Saddle Creek)

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Alexandra Levy, known by her stage name Ada Lea, brings us her second full length album… Riding high off a successful Saddle Creek debut, here Levy builds and expands on her first record… with a new album that seamlessly blends art pop, folk, and rock into a moody and melancholic haze… The line between Levy’s personal life and songwriting fiction is blurred, allowing the album the space to be the perfect mixture of relatable and personal.”

– Michael C.

4. Magdalena Bay – Mercurial World (Luminelle Recordings)

Before they were Magdalena Bay, duo Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewdin were part of a progressive rock band named Tabula Rasa. The duo’s shared fascination for futuristic dance music and hyper pop lead them to team together to create Magdalena Bay, and Mercurial World is an impressive debut album. The album is full of careful sequencing, dressed with existential themes of love and loss. But don’t let its fun upbeat tempos fool you, as it does indeed have some dark undertones. One of my favorite things about the album is the thought and creativity that Tenenbaum and Lewin put into the placement of the tracks.”

– Merrill L.

3. illuminati hotties – Let Me Do One More (Snack Snack Tracks/Hopeless)

“Pop punk hero Sarah Tudzin AKA illuminati hotties is back… Self labeled as ‘tenderpunk,’ Tudzin provides us with clever insight in expecting the unexpected and remaining resilient to life’s many curveballs. Even with a primarily spunky pop-punk attitude, this release takes some twists and turns exploring other musical styles like slower ballads with a grunge-y Phoebe Bridgers touch and folk…”

– Tawny H.

2. The Shivas – Feels So Good // Feels So Bad (Tender Loving Empire)

Feels So Good // Feels So Bad… is full of garage rock guitars, dreamy reverb heavy vocals, and extremely catchy hooks… While the sounds of this album can be pretty homogenous, The Shivas still manage to dip their toes in some other sounds like on the shoegaze-y track ‘You Wanna Be My Man’ or the heartfelt, acoustic closer ‘Please Don’t Go’.”

– Andy B.

1. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (AGE 101)

“…Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (an acronym for Simbi) shows the rapper’s continued trials and triumphs of writing sick flows that have helped her through both traumas and successes. Simbi the introvert and Simz the performer both have a voice on this record as do her authentic and vulnerable musings about life. Finally having the means to actualize songs how she imagines them, this translates to an album that Simz says she is proud of and was inspired by higher powers to make.”

– Amelia A.