by Logan Hernandez

Dat Politics – Mad Kit

Bouncy French electro made in 8-bit!

For fans of: Justice, Alter Ego, anything 8-Bit

Highlights: “Bad Dream Machine”, “Freak Me Out”, “Magnetic Attraction”, “Bloc Newton”

Best to listen to when: Rolling!

DAT politics is a French electronic band created in 1999. The band consist of  Claude Datgirl and Gaetan C.Collett. The music of the duo is often classified under the electro-pop genre and described as catchy, melodic and eminently danceable.

Avoid at all costs if: You’re recovering from a leg or foot injury, because this will make you want to dance.

Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Considering Of Montreal’s sound takes a little getting used to, this might be the best album to introduce you to them. It almost plays like two albums, considering that Kevin Barnes, front man and primary songwriter, wrote the first half while isolated in Norway in the winter after his wife left him, and the second after they reunited. This left the first six songs meditating on isolation and regret, and the last seven speaking of happiness and sarcasm. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, ‘Fauna’ stands as a disjointed, yet endlessly interesting, masterpiece.

For fans of: The Elephant 6 Collective, David Bowie

Highlights: “Suffer for Fashion”, “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger”, “Fabergie Falls for Shuggie”

Best to listen to when: You’re in the mood for something bi-polar and off-kilter

of Montreal is an indie pop band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1997. The band is fronted by Kevin Barnes, who writes, composes, and plays most of the music for his albums. other members Bryan Poole, Dottie Alexander, Davey Pierce, and Clayton Rychlik.

Avoid at all costs if: You don’t like up-tempo songs about loneliness

Smith Westerns – Dye it Blonde

The title of this album should have been: Teen Angst. Dye it Blonde (Teen Angst) is the second album from indie rockers Smith Westerns, who happen to range in age from 18 to 20 years old. That statistic alone is astonishing, considering the seemingly natural maturity that resides in their music.

The lyrics cover relationships and love, lost and rekindled, with the earnestness only a teenager could show. Basically, take every A New Found Glory album, inject it with genuine emotion and more poetic lyrics, surround it with a reverb-soaked cloud of swirling ‘60’s nostalgia, and you have Dye It Blonde.

For fans of: Early Pink Floyd, Voxtrot, Spoon

Highlights: “Weekend”, “Imagine Pt. 3”, “Smile”

Best to listen to when: You long to remember the feeling of being young and in love

Smith Westerns consists of Cullen Omori (vocals), Max Kakacek (Guitar), and Cameron Omori (Bass). All members range in age from 19 to 20. Since forming in 2007, Smith Westerns have managed to tour both the United States and Europe while supporting the likes of MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian, Girls, and Passion Pit.

Avoid at all costs if: You take life too seriously, and see the glass as half-empty.

“weekend”

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