Milk Crate #98

Photo by Denys Nevozhai

Welcome to our humble blog — Milk Crater. The name comes from a group of music loving individuals known for searching insatiably through record store milk crates to find the deep cuts.

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1“Stars” – Wons Phreely (feat. The Horses)

Genre: Indie 

When you know, you know. This 1980’s new wave inspired oldie-but-newbie leaves no doubt. It has that first-cup-of-coffee merriment branded by retro guitars, spirited beat, and reverb-washed vocals. Wons Phreely has nailed the nostalgic ease of simplicity that comes with straight up indie rock.

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2“Slow Down” – The New Coast

Genre: Alternative

This song is a foggy morning sunrise from the back deck. It finds you delightedly throwing the ball for Sparky one last time before work [slow motion over-the-shoulder shot, cut to Sparky]. East Londoners Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater have taken their love for cinema and pop-culture and given us The New Coast — an indie sound that lands at the crossroads of resolve and restlessness.

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3“Everybody Tells Me” – Lucas Jack

Genre: Singer-Songrocker

Does this sound like the music of a lawyer? Lucas Jack gave up on the Suits life for the raucous foot thumping of a piano that has reached max power. Not this Max Power. Maybe that Max Power. What? Anyway, Lucas Jack’s full album Make It Beautiful is out now — it’s an energetic combination of infectious swing, pop riffing, and down-home sincerity.

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4“Golden Age” – Chris Staples

Genre: Indie

One of my favorites from Chris Staples‘ new record Golden Age. NPR recently premiered another great one, “Relatively Permanent” in the company of The Tallest Man On Earth and Charles Bradley. Staples’ music exudes honesty while maintaining a good-natured, playful approach to the art. Hence the video below — was that Sir Ulrich Von Liechtenstein?

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5“Deep Water” – STEELE

Genre: Progressive

The slow dwelling emotion gives way to hair-raising vulnerability, akin to Muse and Radiohead. Swedish artist STEELE is a flurry of inspirations, from her jazz piano playing uncle to her time as a background player in a soul band (she was 12 at the time). In 2014 she was aligned with a producer and fellow songwriter who shared her vision, aptly placing us here with “Deep Water.”

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