One of the more chastening aspects of getting older is watching the creeping advent of cultural conservatism laying its clammy hands on your generational contemporaries. We warned against the dangers of such conservatism and its attendant revivalism earlier this week in lambasting Foxygen’s new album, and it’s kinda terrifying to start to hear people say things like, “Oh, all the good albums were made in the ’90s.” If you’re also hearing similar things, we humbly suggest that you introduce your friends to the bands after the jump, bands whose sounds recall various ’90s acts while managing to avoid sounding like tiresome cover acts. Who’d have thought it, eh?
If you liked Mazzy Star, try… Widowspeak
This is probably the most direct “sounds like” comparison on this list, mainly because frontwoman Molly Hamilton really does sound a hell of a lot like Hope Sandoval. The similarity doesn’t seem contrived to our ears, though, and Widowspeak — whose new album, Almanac, is out this week — have enough in the way of personality and songwriting chops to prevent their music from being pure Foxygen-style pastiche. And honestly, if you’re going to sound like someone, then Sandoval’s not a bad person for that someone to be.