Jigsaw Records !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Watoo Watoo — Une Si Longue Attente
Sweet, melodic, poppy, jangle, chanson, indie rock tunes in French! Female vocals and mellow instrumentation give this album such an incredible feel. There are a few elements of jazz and folk hither and thither, furthering the brilliant blend to sweet new horizons. The band reminds me of a more indie oriented version of Air, Cranberries and perhaps a dash of REM mixed in as well. Awesome record… just awesome! (5 out of 5).
Charlie Big Time – Sale or Return EP
Changing gears a bit, here’s a few tracks leaning more in the retro-indie-pop-folk, perhaps hinting a tiny bit at a hazy and dreamy Paul Simon, REM, Beach Boys, 70s dream-folk, dream pop, and tracks folks might hum around a campfire. I find this EP really refreshing, sitting between a sort of retrofuturism and uncharted folk pop territory. Mellow and dreamy! (4.7 out of 5).
Bennetts — Dreamkepper
Jangle jangle jangle! Seriously, I’m getting hooked on this stuff. Here, we have a blend of sweet jangle rock with tones of pop and indie packed with unique vocals that make this cool little EP hard to resist. It’s hard to say exactly what bands the sound reminds me of… Oh, screw it. I’m just proclaiming it as purely unique. Buy it for yourself and see what I’m talking about! (4.7 out of 5)
Beanpole – From Blue to You – Jigsaw Records
Here we have some sweet female vocal harmonies swinging gently with strings, guitar and top notch structuring. It’s more jangle pop, but it is infused with lush and interesting bits of flutes, string sections and really superb indie guitar work that touches a lot on folk rock styles. There’s nothing not to like about this album. Jigsaw seem to have found a sweet niche sound in their artists and bands that is purely engaging and entrancing. Love it! (4.8 out of 5).
Tripping The Light Fantastic – Is Tripping the Light Fantastic
Blending a little bit of electronics into the jangle, this band sounds like a smoothie consisting of REM, Talking Heads, Vampire Weekend, Charlie Big Time all sweetly pour together with prime indie, pop rock and psyche elements. This makes one heck of a smoothie. It’s jangle meets indie pop meets a radio friendly blast of fresh air. Super prime! Not a dull spot to be found here! Good song writing, good vocals and flawless instrumentation. Score! (5 out of 5)