The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
RIYL- Youngblood Hawke, The Joy Formidable
Tracks to Recommend- all songs
There are a few trends that I’ve been noticing in the world of indie/alternative music, one of them being the use of synths. It’s obvious that the synthesizer is the future of the Indie genre. I can’t complain because I thoroughly enjoy the new sounds it brings to music and the new things bands have been able to do with their live performances.
Vinyl Thief utilizes the sounds of synths in a magical way. On Stop Motion, the band doesn’t rely on the synthesizer to define them; rather they let it accent their already full sound. Paired with the standout vocals of lead singer Grayson Proctor and the driving percussion of Andrew Broadway, the synth sounds on the album make it a success.
On a four song EP, there isn’t much time to make an impression. Vinyl Thief jumps right in on their first track, “Smooth.” I’ll be cliché here and say, yes, this song is in fact smooth. Although it’s not the strongest vocal performance on the EP, Proctor’s voice seems to soar above the rest of the instrumentation. On “Faces,” which is arguably the “danciest” song, the drums hit relentlessly throughout, giving it an infectious head-bop feel.
We are going to start hearing more and more bands with a sound like Vinyl Thief and Youngblood Hawke, who have seemed to transcend both electronic and alternative genres. This sound is the future of music and I’ll have to admit that I’m excited about it.