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Song by Song: The music of Dystopian Future Compilation #1

Song by Song: The music of Dystopian Future Compilation #1

Obliferous - "Why Us 3": This minimalist song kicks things off with some noise and drone-type effects. This might be stating the obvious, but the foreboding track seems appropriate to set the stage for a compilation highlighting musicians whose identities' very existence can be dangerous. Get 'Em ...

Halfnoise – Flowerss EP

With Zac Farro back in the game with Paramore it wouldn't seem terribly far fetched to conclude that his project Halfnoise would go on hiatus, or at least be relegated to "side project" status. Not so with Halfnoise. It's fairly apparent to me that Zac had a heavy influence in the new "indie" direction ...

Many Rooms – There Is A Presence Here

If you know Bri Hunt at all, nothing about her debut full length under the Many Rooms moniker should surprise you. This includes the fact that the masses are beginning to respond to her music in a big way. Let me tell you why. Actually before I go any further, a quick sidebar: I'm listening to the ...

Faintheart – The Overview Effect

I've said it before. But if you're looking for some indie rock to give you the feels, Faintheart is your band. Listening to "90 Minutes," I get a wave of nostalgia. The year is 2008. Ten years ago. I'm sitting in my dorm room at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, IL. The novelty of college life ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sting and Shaggy deliver on the groovy “44/876”

If you had told me at the beginning of the year that a musical highlight of 2018 would be jamming a reggae record from Sting and Shaggy, I would have said you were nuts. I'm a casual radio listener of these artists. I know the big hits from Sting and the Police. I've laughed at jokes about "It Wasn't ...