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Mamby on the Beach 2018 Preview: grandson

grandson is an artist who has been on my radar for a couple of years now, first popping up on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist with his debut single, “Bills,” in the fall of 2016. Since then I have loosely kept tabs on the Toronto-based solo act. And it seems like Jordan Benjamin releases a new single every time its ...

I don’t have a witty title today, just check these songs out [single reviews]

Fleurie - "Constellate": Want something that reminds you of Kye Kye and Junk-era M83? Look no further. This sparkly tune finds Fleurie in a higher range than I'm used to (my mind is stuck in the Wildwood EP era), but I really can't imagine these vocals in any other arrangement given the context. Fleurie takes that classic ...

dark and euphoric [single reviews]

Dens - "Deadrise": Last year we featured Dens in a preview of Audiofeed Festival, and I am thrilled to learn of the ambient post hardcore group's signing to Facedown Records. I already tweeted about this so, sorry if I spoiled the review, but this song gives me a feeling very similar to what I get when listening to Thrice's ...

Colorful tunes for a spring day [single reviews]

Matthew De Ver - "The Climb": Did the poems of Shel Silverstein shape your childhood? They certainly helped shape mine. And they did Matthew De Ver as well—he's Shel's son! "The Climb" is influenced by travels to South America as well as the years following the death of Shel. The meat of the song is relatively carefree, but ...

dark dreams, eerie synths and silence [single reviews]

DREAMS – “Silence”: Ryan reviewed the debut single from Daniel Johns and Luke Steele just a few weeks back, and while “No One Defeats Us” is a statement, it’s the blasting cadence of “Silence” that will truly put this duo on the map. Johns sings straight from the gut on the track’s verses, making a fine ...

these lovely and familiar pop tunes will make you feel 25-0 [single reviews]

Adam Saxe – “25-0”: Adam Saxe continues his dominance of toeing the line between pop and R&B on his new track, a funky synth-heavy tune with “hey’s” in the background of the chorus and stellar vocal manipulation throughout. Much like its predecessors “Bad Soul” and “Sandcastles,” “25-0” feels like ...

memorable tunes for hump day [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "Memory": I heard this song for the first time in the context of SXSW, so it will always have a bit of nostalgia tied to it for me. SX is special to me, making first experiences of music all the more meaningful in that context. I feel that Vesperteen have crafted a song that is malleable to nostalgia associated ...