Racy is the follow up to 2011’s debut LP, True Loves. The recording for the album in early 2013 was split between Dreamland in Kingston, New York and DNA Downtown in New York City with producer, Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands). HFE is led by talented guitarist and vocalist, Noel Heroux. He’s played with other acts like Cymbals Eat Guitars and Autre Ne Veut in the past after being recognized for his string plucking skills.
This sophomore effort sees Hooray for Earth creating more festival ready modern rock music. The record is booming and melodic with soaring arrangements and delivering hooks.
Zig Zags’ eponymous debut LP is a thunderous jolt of punk/garage excitement. The LA-based Zig Zags make rock tunes I would expect to hear on an old school Tony Hawk videogame next to Iggy Pop jams. Ty Seegal produced the album at the Sweat Box in Austin. I would recommend the hard-hitting noise to anyone who is a fan of The Misfits, The Ramones, Ty, & Eagulls.
Manchester outfit, MONEY creates delicately textured pieces of art crafted from the talents of Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman. The Shadow of Heaven reminds me a lot of the solemn meandering I hear in Grizzly Bear and early Bombay Bicycle Club. MONEY’s sound has an apparent structuring where everything has its place and is deeply passionate. The record is ethereal and dark, rich with piano ballads, reverb, and winding rhythms.