Kendra Amalie – Intuition

I walked away from my first listen of Kendra Amalie’s Intuition with the same dazed and overwhelmed feeling that I had after I first saw St. Vincent perform during her pre-fame days; this is the future of music unfolding in front of my very eyes. Amalie’s solo debut LP takes a fresh stab at elementsContinue reading “Kendra Amalie – Intuition”

Dead Sea Apes – Recondite [Acid Rock/Post Rock/Space Rock]

News of any fresh release from Manchester’s premier acid rockers, the Dead Sea Apes, is a reason for celebration (or a pagan dance-ritual held around a huge bon fire, but to each their own). Recondite is one massive slab of a compilation, bristling with mind-melting essentials from all across the band’s discography as well asContinue reading “Dead Sea Apes – Recondite [Acid Rock/Post Rock/Space Rock]”

The Prefab Messiahs – Psychsploitation Today [Psychedelic Rock/Garage Rock/Psych-Pop]

The Prefab Messiahs’ are back with a vengeance. Out on Burger and Lollipop Records, on January 26th, the Boston group’s latest, Psychspoitation Today, is a jagged garage-pop reaction to the madness of our times. Songs like “The Man Who Killed Reality” and “The Last Day on Earth” call out the current commander in chief andContinue reading “The Prefab Messiahs – Psychsploitation Today [Psychedelic Rock/Garage Rock/Psych-Pop]”

L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch [Acid Rock/Beach Goth/Psych-Punk]

L.A. Witch’s self-titled debut LP is a sweltering garage-noir classic that is absolutely shimmering with a darkly psychedelic haze and a killer attitude. While the Los Angeles group has been unleashing singles here and there since 2012, they play so tightly on this full-length, it’s like they’ve been touring together for three times as long.Continue reading “L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch [Acid Rock/Beach Goth/Psych-Punk]”

Estelle Mey- The Key

Estelle Mey- The Key Estelle Mey’s new album, The Key, is an absolutely arresting presentation of one of the most skilled and powerful vocalists that this reviewer has heard in a very long time. A French native, Mey is a singer-songwriter with an obviously diverse set of influences, as her own music features a varietyContinue reading “Estelle Mey- The Key”

Now Playing: Tashaki Miyaki

I’ve been totally blown away by Tashaki Miyaki’s latest album, The Dream. Fittingly titled, the album is an atmospheric, gorgeous dream-pop masterpiece that is as refreshing and lush as the spring weather that it was debuted in. Punky, howling guitar work blend seamlessly into beds of strings, keyboards and TM’s hauntingly beautiful, multilayered harmonies. This is theContinue reading “Now Playing: Tashaki Miyaki”

2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix

I’ve recently went over 2,000 followers on my blog’s Instagram account (@recordcratesunited) and I am over the moon with joy and gratitude. So as a thank you to those followers and everyone else involved, I’ve made a mix featuring music by some of those followers and musicians that I’ve reviewed in the past. From folk toContinue reading “2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix”

Things You Should Hear

Sam Kogon, a favorite over here at RCU Towers, is about to release his latest album, Psychic Tears. Filled with delicious and sometimes gorgeously off-kilter pop nuggets with elements of day glow psych-pop that could make the likes of Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, The Davies Brothers and Jeff Lynne smile warmly. This is ridiculously enjoyable in everyContinue reading “Things You Should Hear”

Luna Arakawa

Luna Arakawa was once a noise artist that went by the alias P0stm0rtem, however recently she has dropped the moniker in favor for her real name and has been creating fascinating, imaginative and a far more calmed music in a successful attempt at forging a warmer, personal sound. Soaring waves of synth-laden dark ambience, poignantContinue reading “Luna Arakawa”

Animals of Grace – Brambles

We are living in a particularly rough and turbulent time right now, so we certainly need the hopeful sound that can be heard on Animals of Grace’s Brambles. Comprised of guitarist and singer Erika Lundahl and percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace play gorgeously written songs that are pure as nature with glossy harmonies andContinue reading “Animals of Grace – Brambles”