Critic’s Choice: Indientry

indientry.jpgIt’s that time again, where we like to promote some of our favourite fellow blogs and find out some of their current favourite music. This month it’s the turn of the lovely Abby from US blog Indientry, based in Columbus, Ohio. I consider myself well versed in music, but even I feel lost amongst all that’s offered on Indientry. The site is like a lucky dip, even if there’s no names that immediately jump out at you, you can be sure that you can dive in anywhere and expect to find something new and exciting. There are few sites so diverse when it comes to genre. Anything you can imagine, and some things that I doubt I ever could, can be found within. If I’ve caught your interest then here’s a taste of what you can find over at Indientry. 

Hidden Places

This band has been described using many other bands, but they’re something entirely of their own creation. With warbly, speak-singing vocals that are typical of the indie rock genre, bright guitar riffs, and interjections from the bass guitar, it’s all just a little angular and a little angsty. The three college students that make up the band function well together, feeding off of each other’s energy while still maintaining that cool enthusiasm. It’s especially apparent during live shows, but their debut record, “uh’s,” works just as well.

 

Benji

This bedroom pop is just as quirky as Ben Martindale, the person behind it. On the surface, its debut album (“White Hot Pathetic Rage”) sounds like a textbook example of a lo-fi indie pop album, but in reality, it’s anything but predictable. The sound is intricate and sometimes a little weird, but Martindale always knows exactly how to add the perfect touch to a song, whether that’s with bold flute in “Spoonghetti” or faded yelling in “Phone Home” that makes your chest ache.

 

Jetty Bones

Jetty Bones’ danceable, electric pop-punk music is glittery and anthemic, and Kelc Galluzzo somehow always manages to write a lyric that catches on as a uniting cry at a show. There’s nothing quite like singing the most well-known lyric from her first EP (“You never took me to see the ocean”) with a hundred of your favorite strangers in a grungy Chinese-themed bar. It’s a moment of vulnerability buried in Galluzzo’s poppy melodies and high-energy guitar riffs, but it proves her authenticity above all else.

 

Andy Suzuki & The Method

If Andy Suzuki & The Method had to be distilled into one word, it would be “fluid.” Genres undulate from folk to pop-rock to R&B and back again, but it’s a give-and-take, with nothing overpowering. Everything about the sound is creamy and buoyant with a bit of an edge, and there’s no rush to get through the album. “I Need You More (The More You Leave)” represents the rest of the album well; it’s sweet and thick, bursting into something more substantial with just enough energy to keep from becoming sticky.

 

Corbezzolo

Distinctively dark and melodic, Corbezzolo’s debut album (“Midnight”) ranges from moody and eerie to bold and fast-paced. It’s a surprisingly cohesive alt-rock album. The duo’s quiet confidence produces unexpectedly fierce rock music, and countless other musicians in the Columbus music scene admire Corbezzolo for their fluent and empowering stage presence. It’s easy to hear that same confidence leaking into “Midnight” through the duo’s interesting blend of ferocity and dreaminess.

Be sure to check out Indientry!

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