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SoloS’ release self-titled EP

Written by on 24 April 2020

Even when skirting the shadows of tracks like “The Distance Between Us” and “Painted Veil,” there’s scarcely a moment in SoloS’ self-titled EP where the beat isn’t responsible for the bulk of the record’s experimental appeal. Like a twisting stretch of highway leading us to previously undiscovered locations on the map, rhythm is an unpredictable […]

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Chris Mardini releases “Sleepless”

Written by on 21 April 2020

No one ever said it was easy to make an original alt pop song in the year 2020, but Chris Mardini is going out of his way to breaking some new creative ground in his latest studio recording, the powerful power ballad “Sleepless.” There’s not a lot to dissect about “Sleepless;” it’s more or less a pop song […]

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Whiskerman’s Kingdom Illusion (LP)

Written by on 7 April 2020

2020 has been a good year for indie powerhouses, and for some of the season’s most alluring sonic sounds, I’d point you to none other than Whiskerman’s Kingdom Illusion. In Kingdom Illusion, these alternative vets break off some of their most experimental jams yet in songs like “The Great Unknown,” “Be Real” and the record’s title […]

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“A Long Time Ago” by Captain Dane-O

Written by on 2 April 2020

In his single “A Long Time Ago,” enigmatic singer/songwriter Captain Dane-O fuses together elements of post-punk’s surrealism and conservative but biting guitar melodies with an Echo & the Bunnymen-style psychedelia, also of the minimalist persuasion, and although the resulting cocktail is anything but ‘mainstream’ in stylization, it undeniably makes for one of the more spellbinding […]

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Strings of Atlas – How Far We’ve Come (EP)

Written by on 1 April 2020

Strings of Atlas have been dishing out some supremely potent riffage in the last decade, and in their first release of the new decade – a three song EP titled How Far We’ve Come, after its sound-defining lead single – they’re back with what amounts to their heaviest material to see widespread release thus far. Led […]

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The One Tonic (feat. Matt Soren) releases ”Won’t Stop” EP 

Written by on 26 March 2020

The One Tonic’s five song EP Won’t Stop is the product of singer, musician, and songwriter Matt Soren’s experiences living life in recovery from chemical dependency and enduring the life-threatening illness of his wife. You will find no direct references to either experience in the lyrics of these songs, but Soren implies much throughout and hearing the […]

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Badgertrap releases Man Shed Head Crisis 

Written by on 26 March 2020

Whether he’s filling our speakers with a chilly white noise that somehow finds some warmth in the melody it churns out in “Scrotum,” hammering away at a patient beat in the progressive “Despite Everything,” redefining surreal pop using punk rock aesthetics in Slug,” slashing a simplistic harmony to shreds (poetically, mind you) in “How Long” […]

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We Are Vibrational Beings’ new album Return to Love

Written by on 26 March 2020

Stomping to life in a warm, string-powered march out of the silence, “Footsteps in the Attic of My Mind” comes into focus almost instantly after pressing play, but it isn’t until we’re a minute or two into the composition’s unfurling harmony of colorful strings and vocals that we’re able to appreciate all of its intricacies […]

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Thermal and a Quarter release “Leaders of Men” single

Written by on 24 March 2020

Thermal and a Quarter’s new album A World Gone Mad is their eighth studio collection and the single “Leaders of Men” promises this new album ranks among the band’s best. The Bangalore, India headquartered quartet has traveled the world, playing numerous global locales, and opened shows for bands like Jethro Tull and Guns ‘n’ Roses. I am […]

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“Piano Sentiments One” by Karluca

Written by on 23 March 2020

Karluca’s eleven song album release Piano Sentiments One is an instrumental effort guided by his classical piano influences. Other instruments, however, play an important role in shaping this collection. His classical music influences form the foundation of his musical knowledge, but Karluca’s exposure to electronic instruments, particularly keyboards, during his teens and beyond opened up new creative […]

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