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Artist: Foster the People

Song: Coming of Age

Album: Supermodel


WITR REVIEW: After a three year hiatus, Foster the People is back! This L.A. band took this recent album in a different direction from their debut release, but it's just as strong. This video, made for their first single, embodies the more psychedelic aspects of the song as well as the album. Bright graphic elements are used throughout the video as we follow the lives of teenagers "coming of age." [Review by Anna Sun]


Album Reviews:

Real Estate:

Atlas


WITR REVIEW: In their follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Days, Real Estate pushes their floaty, nostalgic, truly genuine yet difficult to define genre of “maybe jangle-pop, maybe soft-americana, maybe indie-haze-rock” even further. Recorded in the summer of 2013 at Wilco’s Loft studio in Chicago, Real Estate layers the pristine, swirlingly melodic guitar work of Matt Mondanile over subtly-moving, tasteful bass lines provided by Alex Bleeker. On Atlas, the band keeps right in step with their previous work with beautifully-constructed tracks like “Talking Backwards”, “Past Lives” and “Crime”, but also gives themselves room to explore their sound and incorporate an ever-so-slight twinge of americana and psychedelic folk influences in a few select tracks, namely “How I Might Live” and “Horizon”. This album is centered around Martin Courtney’s effortless, nostalgic lyrics that seem to be an attempt to take a step back from the the insincerity of 21st century living and get to the root of people’s sensitivity and humanity, bringing us back to days when we were younger and things were more familiar and simple. With Atlas, Real Estate gifts us a sense of wonder and gentle observation that is often in short supply, and we are grateful. [Review by Dr. Jacobi]

together PANGEA:

Badillac


WITR REVIEW: The garage rock revival is over. The denim freaks have returned, are here to stay, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even with its popularization, it can be hard to explain the attraction I have to the fuzzed out desperation that has swept the nation. Thanks to Pangea, I no longer have to. This album was born in the garage and came of age on the road in dive bars and rest stops, but to call it "garage rock" is a severe simplification. Badillac is everything rock n roll is supposed to be musically, creatively, and emotionally. In varying shades it is angry, bratty, vulnerable, and sincere. The delivery is both sneering and masculine as well as understated and endearing. It fits every mood. Further, this is one of the greatest live bands of our generation and perhaps the friendliest people I have ever met on the road. I'm giddy. This is how I feel when I listen to old Alice Cooper band recordings (c. 1970) and I absolutely love it. [Review by Cup-O-Joe]