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5/5

2 votes

Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else


April 16, 2014


After the mental breakdown that was Attack On Memory, Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings have returned with their break-neck punk rock on Here And Nowhere Else. Unlike how Attack On Memory was an internal struggle with one’s own demons, Here And Nowhere Else focuses on the demons of others. It is a relationship album, epitomized in the closing track and high point of the album, “I’m Not A Part Of Me”, where Baldi confesses “I’m learning how to be here and nowhere else”. The music reflects the rage that comes with constant break ups and getting back together, with its raving over-driven guitars and pounding drums. However, he still manages to create effortless hooks that make for great sing-a-longs. Cloud Nothings perform with a grace that can only be heard through beer and blown out speakers. -Tyler Asay

5/5

1 vote

Panama - Always


April 16, 2014


The Sydney based electro-pop group, Panama, releases their second studio project, Always. Though the EP is only a three track sequence of dancy indie pop songs, this Aussie group expresses their versatility. The title track and opener “Always” has a summertime feel that flawlessly shows off Panama’s central sound. With an infectious drumbeat and numerous production elements, the second track “How We Feel” is undoubtedly the most electro and upbeat number on the EP. Yet Panama has much more to offer than catchy, singalong choruses. Powered by drums and synth pop, “Destroyer” has eerie vocals reminiscent of The 1975’s Matt Healy. The simple lyrics give the song an easy listen, but it could absolutely be a fan favorite. Always closes with three remixes that play around with different production elements, showcasing just how skillful Panama can be. -Kristen Humphries

4/5

2 votes

Tycho - Awake


April 16, 2014


Producer Scott Hansen, also known as Tycho, continued his string of good releases with 2014’sAwake. Even though the album provides no singing and is very ambient in nature, Awake lives up to its name and will not put anyone to sleep. He gives each song a certain build up that keeps listeners engaged. I would label this as the perfect studying music as I could see myself just getting zoned in with each track and breezing through hours of work. You won’t hear these songs on the radio anytime soon, but there is definitely a place in the music world for Tycho. -Brennan O’Neil



No votes

Turchi - Can’t Bury Your Past


April 16, 2014


From the roots deep in American music, Turchi bring the sound of the kudzu boogie, a blend of slide-guitar fuzz and Deep-South trance. This style twang and deep vocals bring images of southern hillsides and wooden cabins. “Take Me Back Home” opens the album with just that; tunes that elicit memories of home and the longing to be there. “Bring on Fire, Bring on Rain” is a great transition in deeper soul-searching melodies. And “450 Miles” brings it all together throughout the movement you take while listening to this album. -Matthew Malick

5/5

1 vote

Future Loves Past - Our Solar System EP


April 16, 2014


Future Loves Past is a six-piece alternative, indie band hailing from Arizona. They’ve made a name for themselves in the Phoenix music scene, playing shows entirely their own. With their recently released EP, Our Solar System, they are sure to make a name for themselves all around the country. With soaring harmonies and a psychedelic twist that so accurately describes the title of the EP; they have created a completely unique sound. They tell a story throughout the nine songs, taking you into their world. The eclectic EP with three entirely instrumental tracks has you daydreaming and quite literally taking you to another planet. -Rebecca Poole

No votes

Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray


April 16, 2014


Dan Croll began as undergraduate student influenced deeply through the experiences he had in the Institute he attended, one experience in particular being his one-on-one experience with legend Paul McCartney. As one of the cited artists in Dan Croll’s repertoire and major influences on the album ‘Sweet Disarray’, McCartney served as one of the guides to tend to Croll’s initial sound. The combinations of smooth vocals like that of Bastille and catchy, upbeat synthesizer undertones like Passion Pit, ‘Sweet Disarray’ makes you tend to your more intimate, relaxed sides and serves a great album for a nostalgic, thoughtful evening or a long road trip ahead. The smooth tone of Dan’s voice leaves room to show the melting pot of influences he has been influence by and sweetens the tastebuds of all listeners. Some of the songs in the album give many stylistic contrasts the one following such as “Home”, making way for a flowing fingerpicked guitar accompaniment (much like the Beatles), meanwhile allowing for each song to have tasteful, delicate lyrics that is easy listening for all. ‘Sweet Disarray’ is made up of 10 tracks that utilize the modern, folk-like pop tunes that remain popular today. -Deejay Johnson



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De Lux - Voyage


April 16, 2014


Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco make up the Los Angeles-based post-disco group. This new album Voyage concentrates on meaningful lyrics rather than a dance only record that may have been expected. The album is full of energy from start to finish while each song maintains its own distinctive identity. Many of the songs are based on love, evident in both “Love Is A Phase” and “Sometimes Your Friends Are Not Your Friends.” Unlike some club dance hits, the tracks on Voyage are thought provoking in a sense and actually contain lyrics that make the listener think beyond the razzle-dazzle sounds being laid out. In the best plain-Jane way to put it, this album doesn’t only give you something to dance to, it gives you reason to dance. Keep your ears open even if you don’t like a lot of dance music. I have a feeling you may just like Voyage! -Colby Webb

No votes

Black Pistol Fire - Hush or Howl


April 16, 2014


Allow me to let you in on another bluesy pick of the week. This duo’s name is Black Pistol Fire and their influences are extremely apparent. In an age of Black Keys/ Jack White powered blues rock these guys are following in the footsteps of their heroes. And quite well I might add. At first I thought hey here’s another Black Keys rip, but no they incorporated some kind of authentic creativity that was separate from the influence of those Ohio rockers we’ve come to know so well in the past 5 years or so. With catchy pieces like Hipster Shakes and Dimestore Heartthrob I can foresee more rockin’ albums from these two. -Collin Hadsell

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My Fiction - Shallow Highs


April 16, 2014


My Fiction’s songs cover everything from hook ups and parties to dealing with heartbreak and finding a deeper connection with someone. Whatever the subject matter, each song features a very fitting melody and harmony that relays the message of the lyrics very well. The songs about lust feature heavy, muddy, fast paced guitar riffs while the songs relaying a deeper emotional feeling contain more somber harmonies often featuring synthesizers and reverb. Shallow Highs truly captures the spectrum of human emotion. However, the message overall is to always have a positive outlook. -Brian McKenzie