Australian singer/songwriter Siobhan is rising as one of Melbourne’s 2012 “artists to watch.” Her recently released debut album, ‘Soldier Heart’ is a mix of sincere breezy vocals (think Corinne Bailey Rae) alongside rootsy folk pop akin to Local Natives.
Together for a decade now, Silversun Pickups are best known for
*swelling shoegaze atmospheres – “Lazy Eye”
*explosive rock — “Well Thought out Twinkles”
*groovy fuzz guitar – “Come Back Kid”, and what Girl on Guy host Aisha Tyler called *ferocious dreampop – “Panic Switch”
‘Neck of the Woods’ takes on a new direction all together.
Although Aubert stated in a recent KROQ interview that this album sounds to him “like a horror movie,” the dark vibes are not as obvious as on SSPU’s December 2011 EP, ‘Seasick.’ Rather, Aubert’s subsequent description of the album was more accurate: “It sounds like a desire to want to get in but you can’t. Or a desire to want to pull out something from the center into your fringe.”
Imagine the uplifting sound of the Beach Boys with a melancholy undertone, the retro surfrock of Weezer void of grunge guitars, or the Indie dream pop sound of Yo La Tengo without the plunges into experimental noise. Think of those things and you’ve approached the sound of Cleveland based Gomez Addams. His January release, ‘Summer Viking’ is relaxed and breezy, a work reminiscent of a simpler time.