Here’s part 2 of our three-part round of Michigan releases for 2013. Read part 1, featuring Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts, Flint Eastwood and The Swellers.

Lights and Caves “In Satori” EP

Formed late in 2012, Lansing-based Lights and Caves started writing songs and playing gigs almost immediately. With 2013 came the addition of Elliot Street Lunatic founder/guitarist/singer Jason Marr on guitar and vocals. Marr helped produce, and even played on, the EP. Released in August, the band has been playing gigs around the state any chance it gets.

From my Lansing City Pulse review: “The opener “Manchy” gives a nod to Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestra, with rocking but polished guitar chords mixed with pounding drums that proclaim the music’s danceability in no uncertain terms. “In Satori” recalls Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” with a finger-picked clean guitar countering another, Ebow-laden guitar that calmly washes over a light snare-dominated beat.

It all combines to hold Gorden’s Thom Yorke-esque falsetto to Earth. The same Radiohead influence is evident on “Run,” but with a lot more ambiance and spaciousness. Marr’s influence on this band is pretty obvious; the opening of “Tragedy” recalls ESL’s own song “Maps” from their second album “Ghost Town Lullabies.” Some of his guitar tones here sound straight out of ESL’s soundworld.

Moses “Gush” LP

Mount Pleasant band Moses, originally a large, multi-instrument acoustic outfit, changed its sound dramatically in 2013 by going fully electric and cutting down to three members (or sometimes four, adding the occasional extra guitarist at live shows) with just electric guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The band released its long-awaited debut album, “Gush,” in November on its Bandcamp page and played a few low-key shows to promote it.

From my Central Michigan Life review: “The vocable “ah-ha”s throughout “Huron,” recorded with ambiance and the live crowd in mind, will stay in your head for days.

The guitars driving the signature melody are accompanied by Schaeffer’s smooth and driving drum patterns and a crunchy rhythm guitar, while Pitzer’s vocals provide chill-inducing feeling, especially the line “When did we, when did we become what we are?” This line is delivered with a great conviction and energy and is definitely a stand out track on this LP.”

Small Parks “Meet Me In Cognito” EP

Formed out of the ashes of post-rock band Good Weather for Airstrikes, Lansing-based Small Parks strips away the long, drawn out instrumentals and exchanges them for tight, to-the-point emo punk songs.

From my LMTV review: ““Parallel Thoughts” has such a Gin Blossoms vibe toward the beginning, especially recalling their early 90′s hit “Hey Jealousy”. Talo’s distorted, intricate guitar picking gives the songs another tip-off to emo; noodley and textured like Connecticut’s The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die or Rockford, Illinois’ Joie De Vivre. Radick shows honesty and sadness in his lyrics: “You’re no longer with me when I sleep but your body still haunts me in my dreams/We could be onto something here/But I’m too afraid of failure to find out” and “yes it is true I once loved you/And at one point I loved myself too”.