These are 3 albums that I've received this past week and have really enjoyed, having had some time to allow them to sit and ferment. Any indie fan that hasn't heard of these bands, really should look into them. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Past Lives - Tapestry of Webs (Suicide Squeeze Records)
Created with 3 former members of The Blood Brothers, Past Lives, created "an album that crawls from the primordial ooze of anti-parent culture sound to stand on newly formed legs, moving forward with carefully considered steps. Here, sibling harmonies are offered to The Wickerman death-dub, tom-toms locked in hypnotic BPM. Guitars alternate between glistening pop tones, ethereal bliss-out and raw rhythmic ruin. Throughout, each song delves deep into the blank gaze, the experience of everyday living as viewed through the tired eyes of uncertainty and doubt. It's all kinda 'vibey'."
"Shady Retreat, Peasantís new record, takes off where the previous record, On The Ground, left us. While the last album gave many people their first taste of Peasant, in the eyes of the monikerís human form, Damien DeRose, this was a mere appetizer to what would soon come to fruition. DeRose molded his own retrospective thoughts and realization about the music and content of On The Ground to use as a platform for Shady Retreat. The result is an album that is an extension of the most creative and substantial elements of On The Ground combined with DeRoseís maturing music tastes and everyday influences. Shady Retreat stands out as its own introspective artistic masterpiece."
"Often times, a band can get too big too quickly and not be able to adapt in ample time to their own success. In Emanuel and the Fearís case, they started big - an entire 11 members big. With less than a year under their belt since the initial self-titled EP release, Emanuel and the Fear has been building its profile and reputation rapidlly, proving to the industry and fans alike that it is one band that is worth the hype."