Phil Teumim – All Over the Map – Americana/Folk
I’d call it a mix between mumford and sons, bob dylan, and raffi (the childrens song guy). Mostly folk kind of music, but it changes sonically and instrumentally based on the theme of the song. He also seems to be very concerned about his colon and anus, as the song “Colonoscopy” describes in very colorful detail. Huge difference in theme and sound from song to song. Some of them are hilarious. His voice is kind of iffy, but if you like it this music is definitely worth checking out. Lyrics/vocals are very interesting.
Episode – Swim – indie rock
Episode’s indie single ‘Swim’ is pretty iffy. Sounds like some radio indie, kind of like blink 182 or the all american rejects. Little bit of weezer thrown in there too. Doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but if you wanna feel like a yearning teenager in the early 2000s take a listen.
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Sidney Brielle – COA center of attention – pop hip-hop
We recieved an e-mail with Sidney’s music from her mom/manager that was very warm. If Sidney’s mom loves her as much as she wrote about in the e-mail, I think we should give Sidney the time of day she deserves. She’s got some nice r&b sounds of aaliyah, with some pop beats akin to p!nk and Beyonce, and a voice that can back it all up. It’s a great listen, worth checking out. Overall, the sound comes a little short of quality, but I’m sure Sidney and her mom are gonna grow into a great sonic identity eventually. I’d keep you’re eye out for her in the future.
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Itzel Damaris – A lot like me – pop singer/songwriter
Super simple and pretty bad pop. She sounds kind of like morrissey and kelly clarkson but more operatic. Really annoying voice–hits a high note and holds it strong. The music couldn’t be more plain. If you like her voice, it could be nice. Not for me.
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Mutiny – Undefined EP – art rock
‘that guy kinda sounds like the guy from nickelback’. super plain art rock. Alright riffs, but they don’t really do anything with it. its got a little bit of a metal vibe. the lyrics are terrible, but the singing fits with the sound. if you enjoy art rock with heavy riffs, its nice to listen to and worth checking out.
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Oblivion – 3rd International – psych rock
Its like a bunch of middle aged white dudes wanted to be pink floyd, and threw in a little extra hard rock. Pretty classic psych sound. Sonically very focused on the guitar, which is definitely Hendrix inspired. Kinda fun to listen to, but I feel like you’d be better of listening to floyd.
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Ice’n’Easy EP – Hd Substance – Techno
The stuff from Detroit Underground (the record label) I’ve listened to has largely been primarily glitch and bass music, though there’s always been an underlying respect of techno in their aesthetic and releases. This EP is blatantly techno so to me it’s a little bit like detund still intends to maintain that connection. The description explains that Hd Substance is a “Spanish analogue wizard”, which upon scrutiny can be reasonable if you understand “analogue” to mean “old-school”. In some ways I’m a bit disappointed in that there’s nothing specifically groundbreaking here as I’ve sort of expected from detund in the past, but that doesn’t actually stop the release itself from being pretty solid. Tracks 2-5 are lush with fuzzy saw pads and/or satisfying leads, and the songs have enough momentum and progression that you feel like you’re getting somewhere while they steadily introduce other intriguing sounds. The first and last tracks are kind of uninteresting and aimless but you can kind of figure that out from their titles too–“Dope Jam”/”Fake Rhodes”, like he knew that the songs themselves didn’t mean much so I don’t know why he thought it’d be a good idea to open and end the release with. It was a strange choice but in a way also correlates with how I feel about the EP in that it’s not particularly deep and ultimately I wouldn’t have minded missing it, but again that doesn’t stop the middle tracks from being formidable enough that they could turn heads in the right context/mix.
Amber Rubarth- Scribbled Folk Symphonies- Easy Listening
If the name of this album doesn’t tip you off to exactly how it’s going to sound, you are scum and do not deserve my time. But I am merciful, and will explain it to you. This sounds almost exactly like something that Colbie Callait would put out, same voice, same light guitar, sparce string arrangements in the background, and also the same lyrical content. That’s not to say it isn’t bad, if you like that kind of music, this is a perfectly average contribution to the genre, and you will enjoy it, but you’ll also be scum and not worth my time.
Duffelbag Trizzy- Where were you- Hip Hop
This is a hip hop track that is so exceedingly average that I don’t even know how to begin to describe it.
Archie and the Bunkers- High Rolling Weekend in Las Vegas- Metal/Alt
This is some pretty standard lite metal alt rock stuff here, not bad keyboard work backing some of the vocals in the song, but these guys stood out to be because of the magnificent masterpiece that accompanied their sample email exhibited below
Cambodian Space Project – I’m Sixteen / Chnam Oun Dop Pram Mouy – Cambodian Rock
I’ve tangentially sort of been getting into Southeast Asian rock (anyone listen to that dope Thai pop hits album floating around the station https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qgV8O5An20?) so I was a bit excited about this release. They live up to the “space” attribute in that it’s like surf-rock but possibly more cosmic. I’m not sure if I’m just hearing morrissey in everything today but some of the vocal phrasing reminds me of him so that’s kind of cool. Kudos to the harmonica too I guess? Over all it is not terribly convincing but isn’t worthless either, my biggest question is what the hell the name is supposed to imply.
Yungg V – Sucessful (sp?) – Hip Hop
This isn’t terrible