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Day Wave: Head Case/Hard To Read Album Review
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Day Wave: Head Case/Hard To Read Album Review

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Jackson Phillips started out as a drummer, transitioned to song writing, and then slowly his music evolved into what it is today. He claims to be changing his music in a way that suits him and not to fit in with the current trends in the music world. His new releases are definitely proof that this has paid off and its clear that what he is doing is for himself and not for the industry which makes it way more appealing. The style is very guitar-based pop making it agreeable and very hard to dislike as long as that’s your thing.

Headcase

The Headcase EP Was released on July 17th 2015 and features 5 tracks. Overall the EP has a really mellow and feel good sound. The music is kind of predictable but in a good way that makes it seem familiar and comforting. It’s definitely an easy listen and has this really cool urban indie feel that can put you in a trance.

We Try But We Don’t Fit In is track four on the EP and it’s definitely the most unique sounding track on there. It makes a good addition and adds sound variety.

Headcase is the last track on the EP and really ties everything together. It seems like the track that explains the entire theme for the release and is probably a good choice as an album title considering.

Hard To Read

Hard to Read was released on March 4th of this year. The sound is pretty much the definition of indie pop and while this is the case, it still manages to have a unique sound. The track order flows really well and the songs go together but still manage to stick out and offer something different. The sound is genuine and laid back. It’s a lot similar sounding to Headcase and I personally believe that the two could be put together to make one album.

These EP’s are a must listen and are great for when you need something to chill out to without too much intensity. You’ve definitely heard something from Day Wave somewhere so have a listen and see what’s up.

The Brinks ‘Temporary Love’ Review
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The Brinks ‘Temporary Love’ Review

While their EP came out in December, you may not have heard of the two man duo, The Brinks. Consisting of the Australian singer Scott Mellis and a New York producer, Mark Friedman, the pair are fairly new to the scene and are deserving of some more recognition.

Their title track ‘Temporary Love’ is just one of the 6 that is featured on the EP, but is instantly a favourite offering a chill, smooth listen. With its skillfully put together beats, the songs ebb and flow like a good pop song, but Melli’s longing voice offers an almost melancholy sound that will pull you in for an urban indie feel. ‘Temporary Love’, ‘Stoned’, and ‘Hide Your Love’ give off some early Neighbourhood Vides, and are ultimately the drivers of the EP. Despite being out a while now, it is surprising that they haven’t gained more recognition than they have gotten. (You’ll be hitting the replay button quite a bit.)

Their sound is cool and effortless similar to the likes of Flume, but a more chilled vibe thats almost hypnotic. Stoned has a creep like feel in it’s verus’ followed by a cotagious outcry for a chorus that will undoubetdly replay over in your head well after it ends. It finishes with a modern bluesy collection of sounds strung together to leave a lasting finish. Limit of Deadline is one track of the album that strays from the slow, whispy sounds of the other songs instead offering a high-speed dance track.

Overall, with only six songs, The Brinks provide some good tunes that are an easy listen and are definitely worth checking out. Here is their music video for Hide Your Love it’s cool and looks like you dipped it in a trendy Instagram filter.

If this isn’t a enough to convince you to check them out, a notable advocate for the new indie duo is Pharrell Williams, who featured their single “Hide Your Love’ on his Beats1 show. So give them a chance and you might just be adding them to your next playlist

Album Review: Danny Newport
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Album Review: Danny Newport

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Danny Newport’s contagious humour is evident within the first 10 seconds of the album. The intro track, which has the same name as the album “tape so good make you wanna slap yo momma” was a quick peek into the artist’s character. Although it’s safe to say that the album belongs to the hip-hop genre, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. The track Party, seems more pop electronic and whilst there are still plenty of tracks for auto tune fans. Danny There was plenty of variety in the album however the best track for hip hop fans was cheers. The song was catchy and the piano sound was incredibly well done. It is on this track where Danny Newport really exemplifies his unique talent. Newport seems to have discovered his flow quite well and it’s evident with the diverse choice of his beats. The only beat that he could have done better with in regards to adjusting his flow was fly boy. Fly boy was an average track on the album but it’s a shame considering it’s arguably the best beat on the album. The production of his track cheers however in regards to his lyrics fans should be disappointed. Even with the understanding that the tape was supposed to have a bit of humour in it most of the rhymes for lack of a better term were “abc rhymes”. In retrospective although his flow was good his rhymes were simplistic and lacked creativity. The album’s set-up was hard to get over as well, as it seemed that most of his weaker tracks were at the beginning, so it isn’t till mid album the audience is really won over by Danny Newport. Overall the album was a solid 7/10, and the points lost were largely due to the lyrical short comings. The album is a must listen and no doubt Danny Newport is one to watch for in the near future.

When It’s Dark Out: G-Eazy’s Sophomore Album
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When It’s Dark Out: G-Eazy’s Sophomore Album

When It’s Dark Out is the second studio album by Bay Area rapper, Gerald “G-Eazy” Gillam. It is an incredible follow-up to his hugely popular album entitled These Things HappenThe album was released on December 4th of 2015, and it being performed heavily on the When It’s Dark Out Tour. Personally, this album was one that was highly anticipated, and overall, I am pleased with the finished product. It is a lot different from These Things Happen, as the featured artists are more high-profile, and the album has more bangers overall. If you are a long-time listener, you can definitely see the progression from the days of the Endless Summer mixtape.

Some would argue that When It’s Dark Out is not even a follow-up to These Things Happen, but that it is actually a continuation. Even in photos that the rapper released in anticipation of the album, he is seen wearing a leather jacket. On the back of the jacket, it reads the words, “These Things Happen When It’s Dark Out.” After listening to both albums in sequence quite a few times, I can see how this is possible. These Things Happen talks more about the struggle and come-up of G-Eazy as an artist, and the sacrifices that he has to make in order to achieve his goals. From the first track onwards, When It’s Dark Out talks about making it and being famous, and then shares reflections on those experiences and sacrifices.

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Not only does this album provide great gym and party tracks, but there are some softer tracks that talk about love, loss, and family. The album was well-marketed, providing teasers in the form of singles, and pairing these with Instagram posts. The merchandise found on @endlesssummer is also very reflective of the tracks on When It’s Dark Out, and it is commendable to see how well the marketing team has built a musical brand. There is also a mini-series found on YouTube that chronicles the entire process of the album, and anecdotes that correspond with it. For the first episode, click here.

The upbeat tracks to preview are Random, Me, Myself, & I (featuring Bebe Rexha), Calm Down, and One of Them (featuring Too $hort). For something slower, I recommend looking into Drifting (featuring Chris Brown and Tory Lanez), and Think About You (featuring Quin, also known as Bianca Quinunos). Bianca was the star of the Tumblr Girls video, from These Things Happen. The album also features artists such as Big Sean, Keyshia Cole, and Kehlani.

To watch the Tumblr Girls video, click here.

To stream When It’s Dark Out, click here.

 

 

Jason Collett “Song and Dance Man” Album Review
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Jason Collett “Song and Dance Man” Album Review

Jason Collett released his newest album on February 5th of this year. The album is his first since 2012 and is long overdue. Jason Collett is a singer from Toronto from the Broken Social Scene, an indie rock band formed in 1999. His music is classified as alternative but for some reason I see it more as indie -which makes sense because of the style of music he played while previously in the band. He has a really soothing voice and his album is great for when you want something with a little less noise.  You can see that he has changed since his older work but has managed to keep his signature style. The new work is a lot calmer and less eclectic than his older stuff, showing how he’s changed. His older albums have a sound very similar to a lot of other artists out there and the Song and Dance Man shows a lot more of his own style and uniqueness.

The album is very well laid out and the track order makes it into a whole story that transitions well throughout. The sound is very relaxed and mellow. All the songs on the album go together really well but are different enough to be sure to stand apart.

The album starts off with the track Provincial Blues. This track has an amazing backbeat (where the second and fourth notes are stressed in each bar) that is really unique to this kind of song. The instrumental goes really well with his lyrics and voice and isn’t too overwhelming which can happen easily to singers if they’re not careful. His voice goes really well with the music and it showcases his talents in a really great way.

Song and Dance Man appears as the second track and is probably one of the most upbeat songs on the album, along with track eight, Love you babe. Both are really great songs and fun to listen to. As most of the album consists of really mellow tracks, these two were needed to bring in a more upbeat vibe.

The last track on the album is Staring at the Sun, and is definitely my favourite. It’s really mellow but somehow upbeat at the same time. I like the track because there isn’t too much too it but there is at the same time -if that makes any sense. Its got a great style to it that makes it into the perfect ending to the album.

Overall this album is really great and definitely worth the time to sit down and listen to. I also highly recommend checking out his other albums if you like this one, as they are really great as well and have some amazing songs on them.

Listen to the album here.

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Album Review: Sound Vs. Lyrics
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Album Review: Sound Vs. Lyrics

Wild Nothing released “Life of Pause” on February 16th, 2016 and has gotten a lot of positive feedback. Jack Tatum, the leader of the band has now released three studio albums along with two EPs. The band formed in 2009 from Blacksburg, Virginia and is now followed by a large indie/dream pop fan base. Four tracks that we believe stand out the most include “Alien” (6), “Adore” (8), “Whenever I” (10) and “Love Underneath My Thumb” (11). The album as a whole seems to tell the story of a romantic lovesick sucker and puts listeners into a complete dream state with the coming together of many melodies that will have you in a trance. It is quite evident that Tatum favors sound over lyrics, as the album isn’t quite relatable at all which is a failing point of the album. The lyrics that are present do the job, however they don’t stick, there is nothing risky about them and therefore there’s isn’t much that jumps out at listeners or has them repeating the album for the next couple days. The sound of the music within the background definitely helps to boost the album, and those who are more into background sound when listening to music like myself, will definitely have more appreciation for this work. The album along with the band itself is comparable to the band Tame Impala in that it allows listeners to submerge their minds, and drown in the sound. I would also relate this album to the style of The 1975 in terms of sound, but the lyrics are not on par. Some criticize that the album is too messy, and least consistent with the band’s former releases. This album is definitely targeted at a niche market of those who really appreciate indie/dream pop music. If you’re someone who enjoy relaxing by immersing your mind into a sea of musical togetherness, we suggest you give “Life of Pause” a listen.