(song - "Unloved and Oxidized")
4. Mint Field - "Pasar de las Luces"
(song - "Cambios del Pasar")
Mint Field appeared randomly on one of my daily mixes on Spotify and I've been a fan ever since. Their track "Cambios del Pasar" sounded like late-nineties shoegaze mixed well with an all-girl garage band. Twenty-one year-olds Estrella del Sol Sanchez and Amor Amezcua rock a simple enough dreamy sound with haunting vocals and minimal but effective drum beats. It's all about the reverb-heavy strums of the guitar on this one, and about getting lost in the soaring, haunting chimes of the vocals. Most of the album is this way, though we don't get much of that from them on this track in particular that reminds me more of old Hole or Babes in Toyland crossed with My Bloody Valentine.
3. Fog Lake - "Captain"
(song - "Dinosaur")
I can't seem to stop listening to this album. It has a perfect mix of optimism and melancholy, like most of Fog Lake's other albums. When I was in heavy bands back in the day, I had a side project called Plumeria. Fog Lake is the closest thing I've heard to it, composed of one-man phenom, Aaron Powell, straight from the hinterlands of Newfoundland. He's an unsigned act, but puts out a release per year in a wispy, lo-fi sound that certainly reminds me of the cassette tapes I used to record on. Fog Lake's newest effort, alongside with an EP that harkens back to the music of Otis Redding, is called "Captain." I've included the best track on the album, "Dinosaur" to give the fullest view of what the lo-fi wonder brings to the table.
2. Beach House - "7"
(song - "Pay No Mind")
1. Exitmusic - "The Recognitions"
(song - "Trumpet's Fade"