The School: Let It Slip [Video]

The School is the latest band to debut on the beloved Minty Fresh label, and it’s easy to hear what attracted them to this band. Their style of pop is extremely uplifting, with tempestuously quick beats and the luscious beauty of 60s girl pop with back-up singers and instrumentation that’s as pleasant as a cool… Continue reading The School: Let It Slip [Video]

Song Reviews

Drew Andrews: Suitcases, Bandages [mp3]

Drew Andrews comes from The Album Leaf fame, assisting Jimmy LaValle with dreamy pop that sifts between instrumentals and soft vocal melodies. You can hear select traces of that influence in the music Drew Andrews creates solo, albeit less dreamy and filled with more folk sensibilities. “Suitcases, Bandages” capitalizes on these traits yet finds Andrews… Continue reading Drew Andrews: Suitcases, Bandages [mp3]

Song Reviews

The Orange Peels: We’re Gonna Make It [mp3]

In their extensive career, The Orange Peels have had many incarnations. Allen Clapp and Jill Pries have been the constants. Likewise, The Orange Peels have hopped labels quite excessively, having an impressive record of releases on pop-oriented labels like Bus Stop, Parasol, and Minty Fresh. For the group’s latest, 2020, they return to Minty Fresh… Continue reading The Orange Peels: We’re Gonna Make It [mp3]

Song Reviews

Chimes & Bells: Into Pieces Of Wood [Track Review]

If you listen closely, you’ll hear it. You may need to turn up the volume a trite, though. Throughout “Into Pieces Of Wood”, Danish solo project of Caecilie Trier (Choir Of Young Believers), Chimes & Bells is poised to explode. The tension is grating; it pulls at the soul. At the halfway point, the song… Continue reading Chimes & Bells: Into Pieces Of Wood [Track Review]


SOLDOUT: The Last Ride [pReview]

I’ve never been one to regret. Anything. To me, it’s pointless; after all, the compounding experiences of my past have all led me to become the person I am today. And I like me. Before I start sounding like a cheesy self-help novel, it should be noted that SOLDOUT, from Brussels, Belgium, often uses regret… Continue reading SOLDOUT: The Last Ride [pReview]


Cocoon: On My Way [Video]

In true Minty Fresh fashion, Cocoon is a lovable pop group with folk leanings that writes incredibly catchy tunes. With the lyrical prowess of Elliott Smith and the blues-y vocal styling of an indie-pop rendition of Ben Harper, Cocoon is sure to win over a diverse crowd with their upcoming depressingly titled My Friends All… Continue reading Cocoon: On My Way [Video]


Soy Un Caballo: Robin [Video]

I’ve been planning to write about La Blogoteque’s Take Away Show series, of which I’ve been familiar with for quite some time, since their early days. But I had a plan. It was this: cover the release of The Lovely Sparrows’ spin-off Take Away Show, filmed in Seattle. You see, I was present and thus… Continue reading Soy Un Caballo: Robin [Video]


Beangrowers: Not In A Million Lovers [Video]

The video for “Not In A Million Lovers” is apparently an intimate portrait of Beangrowers (MySpace) frontwoman Alison Galea. The title itself marks a potential heartbreak and evokes an ellipsis: Not in a million lovers… what? It could go either way, but ultimately the romantic in me concludes the phrase as follows: Not in a… Continue reading Beangrowers: Not In A Million Lovers [Video]

Album Reviews

Fugu: As Found [Album Review]

Written by Fense I didn’t check out Fugu 1, the debut LP by Fugu, until well after its release. Featuring an impressive lineup of French and European pop artists, Fugu’s music is a blend of pop styles, from the upbeat to the softly melancholy. And, to continue the trend, I’m just now checking out Fugu’s… Continue reading Fugu: As Found [Album Review]