Archive for ‘Tuesday Tip-Off’

September 6, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Tender Glue

Effortlessness is the hardest thing to achieve in art. That quality that a thing wasn’t made out of great effort, but rather just sprang into being fully formed and uninterrupted. “Sad Sometimes” by Tender Glue feels like that for us. An introspective indie rock number loosely in the vein of Band of Horses, the song’s melodies and tempo changes float and turn in ways that feel obvious after the fact; as if there really couldn’t be any other way for them to go that wouldn’t sound like a nudge and a pull. It sounds as right as the wind in the trees and as hippy dippy as that sounds, that’s where we land on this one.

August 30, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Specific Coast

It’s a fine balancing act to carry a melancholic vibe throughout a song without it getting too maudlin, or worse, becomes a one dimensional caricature of an emotion. Specific Coast (songwriter Matt Dunne) avoids that fate and makes it look easy with “I’m Just A Dog;” a laconic tune that straddles self-actualization and self-pity in a way that feels relatable, and in that, reassuring. It has the easy and natural tinted beauty of a Sunday morning coming down, and is one of our favorite submissions in a while.

August 23, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Jesswar

With a simple but swaggery piano over beats loop, “Hefty” by Jesswar lives up to its title. This is a big attitude song but subtly so, with Jesswar matching the mood with a flow that is more confident than challenging and more factual than boastful. When you’re a real bad ass, you don’t need to talk about it much, you simply are. Coming from a mixtape, its understandable that the song clocks in at only two minutes, but we can’t help but wish it was longer. This is a bounce we want to stay in until our neck muscles ache from the head nodding.

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August 9, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Caye

Heavily effected / affected vocals are not our thing but man when a song is undeniable it’s undeniable and the latest by Caye is undeniable. Landing somewhere between minimalist future funk and soulful pop ballad, “Some Lakes” is not only a whole ass mood, it’s a complex one at that. What’s it about? No idea. With the vocals ran through effects and sometimes sounding as if they’re coming from beneath the lakes of the title, picking up lyrics was hit or miss at best, but perhaps that’s intended. With the language processing part of your brain on hold you’re able to just the song wash over you and soak into your pores for a vibe that demands repeat plays.

August 2, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: crsa

Viola, minimalist percussion and cooing vocals are the ingredients to “We’ll Be Forever” by crsa, and honestly if anything else were added it’d probably ruin the whole thing. A floating, hazy, dream state of a song; it feels huge and intimate at the same time, like a memory you can’t quite grab onto or a feeling you can’t quite express. It vibes like a more organic Cocteau Twins (albeit with actual words, not just sounds) and is perfect for these languid days of summer.

July 26, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Susie Suh

The best voices don’t need much in the way of support, and in fact too many layers of beats and bloops, guitars and gang vocals will often just get in the way for diminishing returns. Susie Suh has one of those best voices and is smart enough to let it shine on “Blood Moon,” with only a simple, sparse piano progression throughout and the faintest of synth pad and backing vocals on the choruses for dynamics. . It’s a breathy and intimate ballad that finds its power in laying everything bare and hanging the song on Suh’s vulnerable, perfect performance.

July 19, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Joe Friend Band

“It’s a hot one, that’s for sure” we say in a folksy manner about both the weather and “Walking On The Sun” by Joe Friend Band. Not to be confused with the song of a similar name by official-soundtrack-of-bowling-shirts-with-flames-and-or-dice-on-them group Smash Mouth, JFB’s ode to celestial strolling instead gives us classic Matthew Sweet on dark mode vibes. It’s a steady fuzzed out guitar march with the hint of a dirge to it, but with sunshine melodies poking through lighting the way.

July 12, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Paul Bidault

“Devil Dressed In White” by Paul Bidault feels like a dusty southwestern gothic tale by way of a Parisian speakeasy. Or maybe it’s a New Orleans noir film, where the darkness is both literal and figurative. The reverbed out guitar and staggering horns bring the ambiance, but the tale hangs on Bidault’s perfectly hushed vocals. The whole thing gives us classic Murder by Death vibes, and that’s never a bad thing, but perhaps thats unavoidable when singing about the devil over twangy guitars. It is, as the kids used to say, a whole ass mood; and one you’re probably due to saunter around in for a while.

June 28, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: roman around

“Rhythm” by roman around is a study in simultaneous contrasts. A driving indie rock number that is also cloaked in hushed-ness, somehow both big and small, anthemic and intimate all at once. From the low breathy vocals to the ways the guitars and drums are recorded it envelopes you in a cocoon like feeling while also rocking out the entire time. We know this will be a strange sentence, but it’s almost as if an early Foo Fighters song was covered by a shoegaze band and it’s weird just how well that works.

June 21, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Riley Pearce

It’s always frustrating when we just…can’t…quite…find the right words to describe a song we dig, which is either a sign of the slippery mercurial nature of a tune or our own failing brain function, which might possibly also due to mercury (either in retrograde or in our sushi). “The Water” by Riley Pearce is such a song. A slow building, almost hypnotic, sound track of minimalist percussion and staccato guitars lay the foundation for the vocals, smooth and layered and hushed but not capital H hushed. It’s an intimate epic and epically intimate, and underneath there’s a hint of something brooding but not sinister. Brooding Lite is the vibe on this one, with secrets on the precipice of revealing themselves.

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