Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scan Hopper Puts A Twist on Indie With Mariana Bridges

Scan Hopper is a band out of Texas and they have put out what very well may be the best indie EP I’ve heard this year so far. It’s fascinating to hear bands bring together so many different sounds in their music and that’s exactly what this band does. Not satisfied with just one style or one label, the EP showcases a great diversity and range. From the opening track “The Bridgeses” to the end result on “In My Brain”, there is something for everyone on this release.

Even though it’s an EP, it feels so much fuller. It reminds me of a lot of the records being put out by Deep Elm and Jade Tree. A little bit of Jets to Brazil and American Football layered through arterial soundscapes of guitar, and electronic options, bringing together an eclectic release of music that you’re not going to want to miss. It feels so much bigger, and so much more important. It’s simple, and yet so complex in that classic dichotomy that great bands can deliver.

It’s not all one sided as you get into a new gear on “Twisted Air” which brings together a 1980s tinge to the otherwise alternative offering. This EP is definitely one of the better records to get that “indie” tag. The band really does well here, and you can hear it in the way the transitional tracks work together to form this record. It’s interesting, without pretense, and is definitely one to look out for.

You can purchase the limited edition CD here, it’s worth a listen.

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