New Music: Our Top 3 Indie Album Releases of 03.09

frightened rabbit album reviewFrightened RabbitThe Winter of Mixed Drinks
Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit don’t have much to be scared of these days. Their latest effort floats in like a ship, giving its call to the harbor, working well with their island heritage. The fluttering of several instruments at once gives the record fullness with that folksy hum made popular by other artists of the U.K region. It’s hard not to group The Rabbits with their peers of past and present, but a lot of the songs still hold a traditional vibe with tinny strings and flutes. The track Skip the Youth builds to a verse with the elevating sound of shredding sheers before moving into a Joshua Tree vibe, which is a heck of a lot better then reminding me of U2’s discography over the last twenty odd years.

jj no 3 album reviewJJjj no 3
This is far from the average easy listening record, but it is hard to feel more comfortable as JJ’s second full length envelops your body with its ambient, hook infused aesthetic. As if performed in a bubble floating through the sunny blue sky, songs like Let Go and You Know display musical prowess while striking wistful echoes of layered electro-pop in Into the Light. Through out the short and charming nine track album, all of which come in at under four minutes, ending with a graceful fade into anticipation of more.

kidz in the hall album reviewKidz in the HallLand of Make Believe
Proud to call Chicago Home, Kidz in the Hall bring some of the sickest, most innovative beats around. This is a pretty good stuff, considering Neledge has an MC style very reminiscent of a similar Chicago hip-hop celebrity. While said big mouthed rapper lies low, Kidz in the Hall can take advantage and display the array of knock out tracks, even keeping it old school on the single, Jukebox, featuring Legend MC Lyte. Rise and Shine finishes the album with an upbeat and uplifting anthem. Worth a listen.


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