Austin Basham “Linton//Oslo” EP Review
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Austin Basham “Linton//Oslo” EP Review

Austin Basham

Austin Basham is a Texas born indie-folk singer with more talent in his pinky finger than most of us can imagine. If you’ve never heard of him before don’t worry because prior to his EP Linton // Oslo released on May 4th, 2015, he’s only had three singles on iTunes and sadly has no YouTube page, that being said keep an out out for him in the future. Maybe you can even claim to be one of his first fans!
The mellow, melodic nature found in all of his music including the 5 songs found in this EP, has the ability to snap you out of whatever you’re concentrating on and bring you into his world. The combination between his guitar playing and his soothing voice, his music connects you to memories, and gives you a sense reconnecting with an old familiar friend.
He says that his influences come from Bob Dylan and Johnny Flynn and it is in no way surprising. When listening to all his tracks, both from the EP and his singles, you can hear hints of their music within Basham’s voice and his guitar. My favourite track between on the EP is by far Running, which was also previously released on iTunes as a single.
Although there is a solid line between what is considered folk and what is considered indie in todays music world, Basham has found a perfect balance between the two.
The EP Includes Songs:
1. Find A Way
2. On The Hunt
3. Running
4. All Is Well
5. See You Soon
Linton//Oslo
Spain ‘Sargent Place’ Review
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Spain ‘Sargent Place’ Review

Previous to listening to the album, Sargent Place by Spain I had never heard of the band, but as the first few chords filled the silence followed by a soft almost melancholy voice of singer, Josh Haden off the track “The Fighter” I was hooked. Prior to the release of Sargent Place, Spain had took somewhat of an hiatus from releasing new music. Or perhaps they were just working the perfection that is the album. “The Fighter” slowly relinquishes a soft ballad, a beautiful offering of the romanticism the album offers which swiftly encourages the starting of a new song with the finishing of another.

With input from Black Keys Producer Gus Seyffert and other musicians the album definitely had some ground to contribute to its success. While the success garnered by the album may not be in the traditional way music is measured today, its success lies in the production of a beautiful album.

Every song is an easy listen, and anyone who wants a soft, mellow album to listen to check out Sargent Place by Spain.

Young Liars: ‘Tidal Wave’ Review
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Young Liars: ‘Tidal Wave’ Review

If you’ve never heard of the Vancouver native band, Young Liars before, they previously released an EP titled “Homesick Future” in 2012 that featured an up-beat, eccentric sound. In their release of ‘Tidal Wave’, a twelve track LP, they’ve seem to adopt a more mellow vibe than their previous work.

Tidal Wave offers the perfect blend of perfectly orchestrated beats and a mellow sound perfect to listen to when studying, or a long bus ride home. It’s repetitive lyrics in unison with soft drums and the front-man’s quirky voice presents a distinctive sound that makes you want to listen to again and again. Play the album as a soundtrack to your walk through campus or study session and I promise you will find yourself singing the songs even when the music stops. The albums overall tempo is an easy listen with standout tracks like “Runaway” and “Night Window”, Young Liars are slowly making a bigger name for themselves, and deservedly at that.

If you’re craving a new indie-pop band with quality music throughout, then check out Young Liars ‘Tidal Wave”!

Coyote “Proof of Life” Review
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Coyote “Proof of Life” Review

If you’re looking for more Canadian artists to listen to and indie-pop is your thing this Canadian band, Coyote, made up of five male bandmates, should hit the spot. The band originally from Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island, has made a name for themselves through their catchy, jubilant sound. Their EP “Proof of Life” lives up to this, featuring six songs that ultimately summarize every indie pop song ever made. Full of lively beats, and easy lyrics to follow, the album feels more familiar than a proclamation of a bands unique style.

While the songs are no doubt an easy, enjoyable listen, you’re left feeling that you haven’t really heard anything revolutionary or game changing. Rather than attempt a distinct sound, the band adopts a collection of dynamic hooks and beats that’s been done many times before. However, the album is in no way bad, maybe just a little unoriginal. The best song on the album is heard on the track “Melody/Harmony”, the singer Josh Carter sounds similar to The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers with his charismatic, smooth voice, providing smart lyrics and a build up to a chorus that doesn’t disappoint. The album features multiple awesome guitar sounds, and solos that feature some of the album’s best moments. “Proof of Life” finishes on a different note than the rest of the EP, with a song titled “Toothache” casting a slower, different sound than the rest of the album, almost as if it were not from the same band.

Nonetheless, while a little repetitive on their EP “Proof of Life”,the band Coyote, offers fans and new listeners alike a comfortable take on the Indie genre, although still providing songs that are undoubtedly catchy. And hey, they’re Canadian so why not? Check them out.

We Are Scientists ‘Business Casual’ Review
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We Are Scientists ‘Business Casual’ Review

We Are Scientists new EP Business Casual is a very catchy composition of songs. Their harmonizing is exceptional and with a cover of ‘Take My Breath Away’ who wouldn’t be intrigued.

An indie from New York City, We Are Scientists deliver a very well put together track list. It has everything from upbeat and fun (‘Dumb Luck’), to slow and mellow (‘Return The Favor’). While there style is quite similar to other indie bands out there, there harmonizing and the quality of their voices make them stand apart.

My favourite track on the EP has to be ‘Return The Favor’ which should be an instant hit with all indie fans out there. That track allows the duo’s voices to really stand out and the harmonizing is quite extraordinary.

If you are into the whole indie scene and even if you are not, I would recommend to take a listen and enjoy. I promise you will not be disappointed.

XOX

Fall Days with AIRWAVES
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Fall Days with AIRWAVES

Helllllooooo!
It’s been a dang long time and I think it’s about time I posted some stuff about AIRWAVES. I haven’t blogged in a little under a month which is terrible. But I’m here now.

Over the past month I’ve talked about what makes a good review, album release, series finale in TV, a show you’ll never forget, a good cover and a solid local music scene. We’ve played tons of songs, seen lots of releases and show dates come and go. Most notably: Local Natives, the Naked and Famous, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, and Dan Griffin. And we still have shows to come: Kate Nash, the Paper Kites, Mazzy Star, etc.

Due to such a long list of songs I’m going to save that for this week’s show.

But here are some notable show dates:

Kate Nash – November 5
Holy Ghost – November 6
the Paper Kites – November 7
Story of the Year – November 9
James Blake – November 10
Mazzy Star – November 16
Said the Whale – November 21
Born Ruffians – November 22
Alvin Risk – November 29

Thanks and stay tuned for more!

– DJ Airplane