Is it possible for a song to make you feel cool while you’re listening to it? If any song can do that, Islanders would put their money on just about anything by the Cloud Nothings. Everything they have released just sounds… well cool. Dylan Baldi has somehow acquired a superpower that enables him to write great song after great song, and so far the epitome of this has been Real Thing . The first time one gives it a listen, it sounds discombobulated and busy, but after a few listens it all ties together and starts to make sense. It’s a real cool thing.

Real Thing – Cloud Nothings



As summer comes to an end, one can’t help but reflect. The Islanders’ summer would have not been at all the same without Guards’s E.P. The ep is light, breezy, summery blah blah etc. but it had a distinguishing factor that made it special… legitimate songs. Most summer tunes are repetitive and float in one ear and out the other, which is nice but there is something about a collection of songs that are groovy and bouncy but also catchy and structured that makes it noteworthy. While almost every song is worth listening to, Resolution of One is the brightest and the one that really captures the everything that was summer ’10.

Resolution Of One – Guards



Sometimes harmonies can make or break a song, and in the case of Ghost Animal’s Change Your Mind, the harmonies just kind of work. It’s hard to explain why a song is good, but with this song all of the components compliment each other really well. The vocals are perfectly mixed right in front of the guitars, which are layered in a manner that fills out the song. Technicalities aside, it’s a fun song that is ideal for a fall mixtape.

Change Your Mind – Ghost Animal

Oh No


Loop worthy songs are kind of hard to come across, so when one stumbles upon a song like this, it’s especially exciting. Internet Warrior is a psychedelic tune, but it has a distinctively modern scandinavian post-rock sound. The usage of chord changes taken straight from the Beatles circa 67, plus Bjork style production, makes for a song that is both easy to listen to, yet captivatingly complex.

Internet Warrior – Oh No Ono