Spring into some new tunes

Tired of the old-reliable music you’ve been listening to all winter? Are you ready to break into springtime with some fresh new tunes? Check out these three “under-the-radar” bands reviewed by Knight Times music critic Madison Stowers.

Little Comets, Hope is Just a State of Mind


Madison Stowers

M. Stowers

Despite their name, there is nothing little about Northern England’s premier pop group. Little Comets have not yet earned the recognition they deserve in America, but Hope is their highest-charting album in their home country to date. The band skillfully combines quirky, upbeat melodies with thought-provoking and well-rhymed lyrics.
In “The Gift of Sound” and “The Daily Grind,” lead singer Robert Coles provides powerful vocals, reminiscent of ‘80s Peter Gabriel. “B&B” also sports spectacular vocal harmonies, and is one of Hope’s catchiest tracks.
“Little Italy” is a Rusted Root-esque number that hearkens back to ‘90s pop. “The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions” is magnificent; poppy, unpredictable melodies such as these are hard to come by. 
“Fundamental Little Things” and “The Gift of Sound” showcase odd time signatures, and unpredictable melodies such as these are never boring to hear.
With its diversity, Hope would make a wonderful film soundtrack, and it acts as Little Comets’ most musically adventurous album so far.

All We Are, All We Are

STOWERS all we are

Early last month, English indie trio All We Are broke onto the scene with their first LP release. All We Are blasts off with “Intro,” a great instrumental piece slathered in synths and lasting a dissatisfying forty seconds. “Feel Safe” is a wholesome, dance-worthy groove, serving as a contrast to “Go,” All We Are’s most ethereal moment.
“I Wear You” could pass as a neo-soul number; it is undoubtedly the album’s standout cut.
“Something About You” resembles the far-off spaciness of Arctic Monkeys’ “I Wanna Be Yours.”
“Life of Seven” sounds simultaneously insulated and atmospheric, combining influences from chillwave with airy electro-pop.
While the album is not altogether consistent, it’s still as slick and mellow as a freshman release should be.

To Kill a King, To Kill a King

STOWERS to kill a king

London-based indie rockers To Kill a King released their sophomore LP on Spotify earlier this year. Overall, the record offers listeners a solid alternative sound similar to that of contemporary indie fellows The National.
Knockout cut “Love is Not Control” sports a reggae-influenced vibe, and it is in fact one of the album’s strongest moments.
The dark, pounding “Oh My Love” and “The Chancer” are more straight-ahead rock tunes, with tight, electric instrumentation.
To Kill a King presents relatively generic vocal and instrumental performances. Nevertheless, it should provide fans with a safe, familiar indie sound.

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