Band: Golden Bloom
Album: “Searching For Sunlight”
Hailing From: New York City
Genre: Indie Folk Rock
Label: Rhyme and Reason
What began as a solo project from New York City musician Shawn Fogel, Golden Bloom has evolved into something much bigger than he could have expected. This evolution came from the mixture of sounds Fogel and his live band felt as they began to push each other in new directions. You can definitely hear the Death Cab For Cutie influence on this album. They have tight melodies and a colorful arrangement of instruments. The production is also something to point out because you can hear every instrument clearly, yet you can still get the entire vibe of them all together. Searching For Sunlight has a fun, uplifting spirit that is palpable.
Must Hear: “Looking Up To You,” “Great Unknown,” “Fall Out of Line” and “Come Back Home”
Band: The Noble Thiefs
Album: “It’s Tough To Be The Bad Guy”
Hailing From: Winnipeg, Canada
Genre: Soulful Blues Rock
Label: Pipe & Hat
In terms of soul and blues-centric retro music, 2015 and 2016 are poised to be two of the heaviest years. We’ve already seen Nathaniel Rateliffe and Elle King, and The Noble Thiefs are well on their way to being the next breakout stars in this genre. This album is chock full of blues and soul. It’s lush and full, as well as rough and angry. You can hear a little Lenny Kravitz in Myron Dean’s vocals. This is a rock album the Blues Brothers could appreciate.
Must Hear: “How Can You Think Of Love,” “Give ‘Em Hell,” “Made of Stone” and “I Want You “