Albums of the Year: Beck's Picks

by Beck Macey

Albums of the Year: Beck's Picks

Blush By Noods

Since the release of Blush by Brooklyn based indie pop band Noods, I haven’t been able to turn the record off. It’s smooth vocals and and grooving rhythms create an atmosphere that feels nearly romantic. When a band has multiple lead singers, I’m immediately a sucker for the range this can bring a band, and Blush does just that. The album delivers multiple moods throughout its duration due to to this variety, which creates a solid well rounded release. While my favorite track is easily Sheets, You Don’t Know Me and Donkey Kong are equal contenders. The band describes themselves as wistful and I completely agree, however I would also add yearning and dreamy to the mix.

Forever By 5ever

I’ve raved about it several times because it’s hard not too. However, the premier release from 5ever, Forever, is something worth writing home about. It’s hard to make pop punk in 2021 that doesn’t absolutely make you roll your eyes, and while 5ever sure does have its cheese, it’s also incredibly refreshing and filled with memorable hooks. The lyrics are personal, and Sam Nash has a voice built for the genre. The Boston based project is nearly a super group of sorts and it shows in such a strong first release. My favorite tracks have shifted over my time listening to the EP but as for now my favorites are “Savage Dior” and “Trashpit". This project is filled with potential and I can’t wait to see what comes next from them.

Uke Puke By Harley Poe

Stepping out of the usual DIY circuit I tend to focus on in my writing, Uke Puke by Harley Poe has been a consistent listen for me since its release this past year. Uke Puke is a masterful work into the macabre. Joe Whiteford reaches story telling on a different level from many of his peers, as his sadistic and yet pathetic lyricism is masterful. While it falls into the genre of folk punk or anti folk, this record feels like its own version of a rock opera, as Whiteford creates a portrait of a man on the verge of disparity. The instrumental melodies are the epitome of catchy while also remaining haunting, and with powerful gang vocals on several songs, the album speaks for itself in many ways. The whole album is worth a listen, but if I were to select several songs as a sampler to listen to “Charlie Can”, “I’m Fucking Alone", and “Corpse Grindin’ Man" would be my choices.

Sweet Stroke: By Heatloaf

Technically released in 2020, but in the midst of the end of the year, Sweet Stroke by Heatloaf is in my top of this year because it's been on nonstop repeat. The Philadelphia based no-boy band is churning out some of the best sad girl indie pop right now. While there is notable influences on this release, it’s also incredibly original with its soft intentional vocals and beautiful mellow guitar tones. While Margot Whipps paints tender and heartbreaking stories through her lyricism, Raven bell keeps a steady beat on the drums and there’s stand out bass and twinkly guitar from Beck Picone and Pax as well. This is a must listen for anyone who’s a fan of artists like Soccer Mommy or Snail Mail, but looking to discover something with a bit more edge to it.


Albums of the Year: Beck's Picks

by Beck Macey

Albums of the Year: Beck's Picks

Blush By Noods

Since the release of Blush by Brooklyn based indie pop band Noods, I haven’t been able to turn the record off. It’s smooth vocals and and grooving rhythms create an atmosphere that feels nearly romantic. When a band has multiple lead singers, I’m immediately a sucker for the range this can bring a band, and Blush does just that. The album delivers multiple moods throughout its duration due to to this variety, which creates a solid well rounded release. While my favorite track is easily Sheets, You Don’t Know Me and Donkey Kong are equal contenders. The band describes themselves as wistful and I completely agree, however I would also add yearning and dreamy to the mix.

Forever By 5ever

I’ve raved about it several times because it’s hard not too. However, the premier release from 5ever, Forever, is something worth writing home about. It’s hard to make pop punk in 2021 that doesn’t absolutely make you roll your eyes, and while 5ever sure does have its cheese, it’s also incredibly refreshing and filled with memorable hooks. The lyrics are personal, and Sam Nash has a voice built for the genre. The Boston based project is nearly a super group of sorts and it shows in such a strong first release. My favorite tracks have shifted over my time listening to the EP but as for now my favorites are “Savage Dior” and “Trashpit". This project is filled with potential and I can’t wait to see what comes next from them.

Uke Puke By Harley Poe

Stepping out of the usual DIY circuit I tend to focus on in my writing, Uke Puke by Harley Poe has been a consistent listen for me since its release this past year. Uke Puke is a masterful work into the macabre. Joe Whiteford reaches story telling on a different level from many of his peers, as his sadistic and yet pathetic lyricism is masterful. While it falls into the genre of folk punk or anti folk, this record feels like its own version of a rock opera, as Whiteford creates a portrait of a man on the verge of disparity. The instrumental melodies are the epitome of catchy while also remaining haunting, and with powerful gang vocals on several songs, the album speaks for itself in many ways. The whole album is worth a listen, but if I were to select several songs as a sampler to listen to “Charlie Can”, “I’m Fucking Alone", and “Corpse Grindin’ Man" would be my choices.

Sweet Stroke: By Heatloaf

Technically released in 2020, but in the midst of the end of the year, Sweet Stroke by Heatloaf is in my top of this year because it's been on nonstop repeat. The Philadelphia based no-boy band is churning out some of the best sad girl indie pop right now. While there is notable influences on this release, it’s also incredibly original with its soft intentional vocals and beautiful mellow guitar tones. While Margot Whipps paints tender and heartbreaking stories through her lyricism, Raven bell keeps a steady beat on the drums and there’s stand out bass and twinkly guitar from Beck Picone and Pax as well. This is a must listen for anyone who’s a fan of artists like Soccer Mommy or Snail Mail, but looking to discover something with a bit more edge to it.