brightener: make real friends EP

So… you’ve been hounding FrostClick for some collegiate pop-rock. Well, here it is: Give brightener’s latest EP, make real friends, a spin. (The lowercased names were deliberately done, for some needed deviance, what else.) As the moniker of Will Sturgeon, the EP is the result of his post-college break – a vacation, if you will – attributing to the chill vibe of the four-track collection.

Miles Wider: Strange Lullabies

Feel like basking in a lengthy acoustic collection? Miles Wilder‘s Strange Lullabies are here to rock you off to a musical dreamland. Exaggeration aside, the 18-track affair is an impressive feat for a first album. Surely, “the culmination of a year and a half of work” has paid off, cleverly making the entire live feature sound like polished studio sessions.

The Human Experience: Inaudible Sounds

If you’ve never heard of a thing such as “inaudible sounds”, then you might have been barking up the wrong tree, all these years. Despite the paradox that it presents, David Block’s project, The Human Experience, offers plenty of these. He musters his skills as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and a producer to create a cross-genre instrumental collection for all of us to revel in.

Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis charms our hearts with whimsical pleasures in her self-titled musical project. The harpist/singer-songwriter from Rochester brings new eclectic flavors to the indiescape with 13 well-composed pieces. Fluttering atop piano keys is Oh Brother. Davis surprises the listeners with her distinct vocals that curls and folds in the right places. While Where Will We Go follows with dream folk arrangement reminiscent of Camera Obscura.

Diamond Nights: Irrational Fears

It was really unexpected of Diamond Nights to concoct a beautiful combination of the acoustic and ambient genres, but when they did, boy, it was magic. The Melbourne-based band are bringing grit to their second EP release, Irrational Fears, a superbly raw affair released just this year.

Them Hills: Rad Disguise

What’s it like to hear ‘demos’ that are as good as studio productions? You’ll be pleasantly surprised. This is the idea behind Rad Disguise, the latest release of the four-piece band Them Hills, whose name was a play on their town’s (Los Angeles) nickname, “The Hills”.

Pilots in Orbit: Did You Grow Up Too Fast?

Heaps of college rock not enough for you? Let our distinguished pilots take you to orbit. Formed during February 2009 in New Jersey, Pilots in Orbit consists of lead singer/guitarist Sal Montalvo, bassist Andy Rivera, drummer Nikko Whitt, and guitarist/backup vocalist Adrian Amador. ‘Did You Grow Up Too Fast?’ is their debut EP effort.

Karbidangeln Mit Aurica – Glacial Series

Glacial Series by Karbidangeln Mit Aurica is a combination of creatively powerful beats and soothing vocals. All of the tracks in Glacial Series were written and produced by Berlin-based Aurica Kurtuschin, who also lent her beautiful voice to complete this collection. Auricas netlabel Electrolyt describes the album tracks as, the finest living room electronica with elements of synth pop, drone and industrial, as well as ambient, post-punk and experimental.