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1/5

1 vote

Paul Banks - Banks


October 22, 2012


On Paul Banks’ debut album, Banks, he brings a new style to the rock scene while reminding us of some of rock’n'roll’s great pasttime achievements. With deep base grooves on the aptly titled The Base to start things off, Paul Banks takes us on a journey into his style of rock mixed with some funk grooves of hip hop to get the base pumping for all those who like to crank up their sound system and jam out. While just 10 tracks long and clocking in at only 40 minutes in length, Banks does what his name suggests and banks off of different ideas that musicians have used before him. This is not to say it’s not necessarily original since it still provides a cool easy listen when you fire up the disc. It just seems as though Paul Banks is trying to do too much here and experiment with too many things at once instead of finding one steady flowing sound that switches from time to time and makes for that stunning concept album which this album most certainly could have done with just a little more focus. -Matt Wylie

3/5

3 votes

GRMLN - Explore


October 22, 2012


GRMLN, not only has an interesting band name, but an interesting new album, Explore, as well. The songs have are funky and concise, with subtle and soft lyrics accompanied by a soft guitar. It is no surprise that the man behind GRMLN, Yoodoo Park, comes from the California coast, once you hear the entire album, the “chillness” of the album is inescapable. Great album, interesting artist, I definitely recommend checking out GRMLN! -Mallory Spencer

1/5

1 vote

Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who


October 22, 2012


Led by their front-woman with great control of her vocals, Dark Dark Dark put together a soft variety of songs to make their 3rd and latest album titled Who Needs Who. While the first track starts off slow it includes a quick change of tempo showing off the bands diversity. While most songs are soft piano songs with light percussion, the band introduces some more interesting instruments such as accordion, electric banjo and clarinet about half way through. The members of Dark Dark Dark do a great job melting all the sounds together to create a flowing, contemporary sound. Overall Who Needs Who is a great, modern, indie, light-rock album that deserves a listen. -Katie Ascher



2/5

2 votes

Black Marble - A Different Arrangement


October 15, 2012


Just yesterday I had never heard of Black Marble, but the promise of a group similar to New Order enticed me enough to give them a try. And I was not disappointed. The newly released album “A Different Arrangement” impresses from the very first track. Using a variety of sounds from dark droning vocals to robotic rhythms, Black Marble has something for all post-punk fans. Be sure to check out tracks 2 (MSQ No-Extra), 3 (A Great Design), and 8 (Pretender). -Anna Di Stefano

1/5

1 vote

Letting Up Despite Great Faults - Untogether


October 15, 2012


A mix of electronica elements and alternative rock really can go a long way especially if you are a newcomer in the industry. Letting Up Despite Great Faults is a band that is willing to experiment across a sonic landscape of only a mere 10 tracks by mixing up a bunch of musical elements here and there to craft a solid debut. Untogether may not flow together continuously like many classic debuts from other artists but its the fact that the group is able to find their own creative bubble and run with it. On highlight tracks such as “Visions” “Postcard” “Bullet Proof Girl”, “Detail of My World” and “Breaking”, the group truly shines with their authentic and varied style of recording. -Matt Wylie

1/5

1 vote

Gospel Gossip - Atlantic Blue 7"


October 15, 2012


The first thing that caught my eye about this album was the catchy band name, Gospel Gossip. The trio from Minneapolis, MN has been labeled Guilt Ridden Pop, a new genre coined to fit the gap between pop and alternative rock. Their album Atlantic Blue 7″ has a mellow drone that is perfect for repeated listening. The three songs on the album, Atlantic Blue, Behind, and Sad Machines, are all very similar, but also have their own subtle differences. I’d recommend this album to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Guilt Ridden Pop genre, and the narrowing gap between pop music and indie rock. -Mallory Spencer



1/5

1 vote

Ken Stringfellow - Danzig in the Moonlight


October 15, 2012


Ken Stringfellow is an indie rock musician who comes from the indie/alternative mecca of Seattle. The roots of this album can be traced from his involvement in the production of albums with Neil Young, Death Cab For Cutie, and R.E.M. In some of Stringfellow’s songs you can listen to the soft vocals that resonate beside the Bob Dylan style harmonica lines, specifically the song 110 Or 220V. The next song Superwise takes a different turn with a synth-pop feel that is more like Death Cab For Cutie. Most of his songs have a slower tempo that put you into a relaxed, reflective state. There is a strong use of the piano to set the mood of the songs. Your The Gold has a quicker pace with the introduction of an accordian and rhythm guitar. This album has a good mix of styles from jazz, to country, to soul. The use of instruments such as the accordian, sax, bass, and piano add the different musical styles. -Matt Stone

3/5

2 votes

Hammock - Departure Songs


October 15, 2012


Emotionally gripping album Departure Songs from Hammock hits the climax of experimental rock. For fans of Explosions in the Sky or From Monuments to Masses this album will complete your collection. The concept takes the listener on a journey through the mind. Hammock capitalizes on atmospheres and percussion, then introduces mind blowing guitars. Grab Departure Songs, your favorite headphones or best speakers and sit back and experience this amazing album. -Tom Taylor

1/5

1 vote

The Maldives - Muscle for the Wing


October 15, 2012


I really enjoyed listening to the sooth sounds of The Maldives. Similar to one of the bands I reviewed last week their sound is very unique. They could probably fall under the rock genre, but they definitely have a little country flare to them. A review online called their sound “alt-country” and I thought that was pretty accurate. They have a wide variety of sounds in their songs which is always cool to see. There are certain times in which the words in the song would stop for an extended period and normally this would bother me, but their instrumentals were very smooth and easy to listen to. ” Lately I” was my favorite song on the album. This is definitely an album I could see myself listening to frequently in the future, so give it a listen and see if you think the same! -Chris Cusick