Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014
Check Out "Smile Smile" Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IpIBhEMCys
Even after 30 years, PSB managed to make some of their best songs in their new album, Elysium. “Leaving” is a smooth, catchy song about the scars of past relationships. However, after that the album turns bitter and corny, going in a direction that might not be favorable to fans of PSB or other synth-pop listeners. “Winner” and “Hold on” are a failed attempt at inspirational anthems and their pop-culture satires like “Ego-music” and “Your early stuff” are unmemorable. However, “A face like that” and the closing song, “A requiem in denim and leopardskin” somewhat rescue the album. The good in this album is very reminiscent of their 90's masterpiece, Behavior, but the bad in this album make it a good idea to avoid the whole package.
Dig good beats? Synths and other electronics perfectly crafted for dancing? That’s pretty much Nerd Revolt’s self-released, self-titled, debut album. Two classically trained musicians, taking on the pseudonyms iLL F.O. and m.0., front the band. They archive their saga at www.dejaded.com.
The Great Impression certainly leaves an impression as Sparkadia’s newest LP release. This Australian act makes its biggest statement with the song “Mary,” which they released as a single this past Valentine’s Day.
Echoing Queen, Florence and the Machine and inserting their own unique choral flavor, Sparkadia doesn’t just get their foot in the door, nope, they shoved in Jolie’s whole right leg.
The album immediately picks up after that, following “Mary” with“Shoot Straight,” a chunky rock song with a haunting verse, reminding the listener that “the heart is the softest place, so shoot straight.”
The Great Impression is certainly an appropriate title for this album as it rocks the standards of indie-alternative. Sparkadia is definitely worth a listen, because when they get it—they really get it.
Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csvAk2BfEXk
This short, self-titled EP packs a powerful punch as Rockets really showcase the best of indie-pop music.
“Toad,” being the first song on the album, grabs you right away, settling you into a comfort zone of easy folky sounds, complete with vocals by the gruff male lead.
“San Francisco,” has a bit of Vampire Weekend-esque underlay, instrumentally speaking, but the deeper vocals play off the sopranic sounds well.
“Madeline,” and “With Thanks” round off the album well, keeping the folky, pop theme consistent but giving each song their own flavor.
Overall, Rockets does very well, keeping everything focused and concise but allowing for the fun of making music to bleed through where it truly matters. The only bad thing about this EP? I really wish it could have been longer.
Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZ00yEPpWg
A sophomore album, the most crucial installment for a rising band to truly establish a known sound, has been released by the up and coming duo, Tennis. The pair is lead by the vocals of Alaina Moore and overlaps the melodies that husband and band mate, Patrick Riley, creates.
Check Out: "Origins"
Joe Goddard isn't new to the dance, house and electronic scene. Goddard, of the band Hot Chip, alongside Raf Rundell form The 2 Bears.
Check Out: "Ghosts and Zombies"
Lyrically, vocally and musically, Busby Marou is an extremely strong singer-songwriter duo from Australia. Their self-titled debut album dropped recently and was well received in their home country and it is starting to make waves here in the states as well.
The duo of Tom Busby and Jason Marou create an indie-esque rock sound with lots of layers and big warm sounds coming from a multitude instruments. The tracks truly do vary as some of them are a simple electronic and acoustic guitar duet with very mellow harmonies, where other tracks incorporate an old American west sound with harmonicas and banjos in some tracks.
The album as a whole is striking. It toes the line of many different genres, but never fully identifies into just one. They use elements of country; combine them with strands of basic indie acoustic, Busby Marou is a fantastic display of musicality and melodious amicable. acoustic and tie it all together with wonderfully compelling lyrics.
Check out: "Binding My Time"
Opening with a choral number, droning peacefully to an orchestral background and continuing quietly into the second track “The Animal of Choice,” The Daredevil Christopher Wright creates an incredibly peaceful atmosphere in the newest album The Longsuffering Song.
This indie-rock group from Amery, Wisconsin shows that great things really do come in small packages with their newest EP.
Though there are only five tracks, the album itself could truly be something great if it were extended into a full LP. It has a focused sound which drives the listener to want more of the soothing harmonious vocals and ethereal background.
The Longsuffering Song should be a misnomer, as the entirety of each song is quite the opposite of suffering. Instead, The Daredevil Christopher Wright does very well, indeed.
Check Out: "Love with all your Heart"
Christy Hunt’s uncanny resemblance to Joan Jett may have been what initially drew me into Pink Mink. Pink Mink is post Runaways Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The Twin City quartet that is Pink Mink may have all the elements of the Blackhearts, but with an even more powerful bassist— Jacques Wait, who controls the tempo of every song, and makes the bass the most prominent instrument.
Nearly every song is n your face and full of charismatic energy. “Earthquake On The Loose,” the second track on the album whines to the listener with the reverb kicked up, and the bass line thump-thumping through you. A glam-punk aspect kicks the song off with a catchy yet uncontrollable hook.
Check out: "Earthquake on the Loose"