Posts tagged ‘Electronica’

February 22, 2021

The B-Side: Ian Deaton

A Devo style electropunk banger about a serial killer experiencing a crisis of conscience, “An Immoral Brain” from Atlanta film composer Ian Deaton is a killer in its own right. Kick off your week with this absolutely perfect synthrock dance anthem dedicated to not murdering people, and do your best to do the same.

February 16, 2021

The B-Side: Joshua Worden

We love a song that doesn’t neatly fall into any specific genre, but still sounds effortless and undeniable. Such is the case with “Alright” by Joshua Worden. Not quite chillwave, not really a pop song, not exactly indietronica R&B but also at the same time all of these things and more. There’s a sparseness and repetitive nature in the verse vocals that provide a somewhat mantra like effect, but the straight forward thumping bass and vocal harmonies keep things grounded and moving forward. One of the more interesting (without trying to sound interesting) pop songs we’ve received this year.

January 30, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Too much new music for the working week, here’s all the good stuff we’re putting in overtime to get to you. New music from James Levy, Monokino, Badlands, Lydia Hol, Grass Shadows, Parlour Magic, Eriel Indigo, The F-use, Palm Ghosts and Bobobot.

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January 28, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Mr. Fingers

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Larry Heard, aka Mr. Fingers (among other monikers), is a legendary Chicago house DJ, producer, and musician. He’s been steadily making music for decades, and he just released the first of a series of EPs of unreleased music spanning his entire career. This first release has Ron Wilson singing over a deep house track that gets wildly meditative the more you listen. The entire EP is a testament to Heard’s numerous musical contributions – the tracks are all clean, unfold beautifully, and hold both joy and darkness as resonant and complementary forces. 

January 27, 2021

The Midweekly – Sylvan Esso

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Lullabies calming our dread ridden minds as we lay in bed of synthesizers. The electronic duo from North Carolina, Sylvan Esso, have crafted ten of them on their third, and most recent record, Free Love. The ambient minimalism of soft chords, simple melodies created with cool sounds of sci-fi, and beats hiding around the corner of every good build-up, are the dynamics of an excellent album for those techno fans who don’t necessarily want to be blasted by chaos. Amelia Meath’s soothing, breathy voice rides atop all of it, keeping the lyrics simple, but the ideas big. Scattered throughout those are universal truths about how we love others, a folktale about a dreamer, specific reflections on the fear of crowds in the wake of tragic events, and even a personal laugh at dealing with tinnitus. On the surface it seems like neon lights and sugary pop, but if you look deeper Free Love is also sunshine and fresh fruit.

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