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Thursday
Apr132017

Njomza: 'Sad For You'

The song 'Sad For You' will catch you by surprise.  A closer listen to the EP of the same title and you'll find an artist that is pretty unpredictable, incredibly talented and who's music feels so real.  We discovered Njomza's voice just recently on the song 'Right Now' with Vindata and Alex Alex, a perfectly timed introduction with the release of 'Sad For You' on April 6th.

Calling the first track on this EP 'Intro' kind of undersells it's greatness.  It establishes quickly that this record is one of the finer points in modern pop music, and it emphasizes versatility.  'Intro' is a relaxed beginning with hazy guitars leading the way for that unforgettable voice.  The bass synth gives it a bit of an ominious feel, and the journey begins.  With ease the record begins on such a confident high note, and yet still it gets better.

The title track is reminiscent of those classic slow jams that can still get to you, but with a dreamy, minimal sound that puts Njomza's stunning voice at centre stage.  The sentiment is a familiar one, 'I'm sad for you, and you're bad for me' is a relatable sentiment, but it's never been captured like this.  'Poison' continues the theme of challenging relationships, and identifying the bad ones.  'Hear Me' treads into the world of indie synth pop, and manages to create a lasting impression within moments.

'Perfect Fit' is where the record starts to get a little weird, and it's absolutely perfect.  The ominous production, and the longing in the lyrics provides a complimentary feel to the previous few songs, and leads the way for 'Baggage' a song that feels like a classic 90's slow jam.  It's way too good to be true. 

'Sad For You' ends with the anthem 'Someone Like Me', a powerful piano driven jam that cannot be stopped.  It's one of the major reasons that this one will be climbing the pop charts and that Njomza is taking over.  She covers a lot of ground, and isn't afraid to create raw, emotional music.  'Sad For You' is perfect.

:( 4 u

 

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Thursday
Jun162016

Brave Radar 'Lion Head'

 

We felt compelled to write a review for this record for three reasons:

1. The feel. We loved it. Instantly.

2. The perfect balance between sparse, brilliant indie rock instrumentation and magnificent vocals is reached and then some.

3. It reminds us a bit of Stereolab. And at other times Yo La Tengo, and a whole bunch of other incredible stuff that's awesome.

Coming out of Montreal, Brave Radar are led by Tessa Smith and Conor Prendergast. For about ten years now they have been running a wonderful label called Fixture Records, releasing great music from Homeshake and Dirty Beaches, to name a couple.

But this time around it's Brave Radar's turn. So get ready for winding basslines and loose, jangly drums and guitars that will have you hooked immediately - and once Smith and Prendergast's vocals hit you better look out! Because you are in for a treat, to put it very mildly.

We are gonna buy this record, and we think you should too.

Monday
Jun132016

Heart/Dancer 'My Heart Is A Dancer'

 Swedish duo Heart/Dancer have made something exceptionally cool and awesome for the world with 'My Heart Is A Dancer'. They have crafted a sound that reminds us of some of our favorite things, but remains in a world of it's own.

They have an eery, chilled out sound that is somehow still upbeat and definitely extra catchy. It sounds like a big contradiction, but it works - think Young Galaxy mixed with The Xx. Be it their more uptempo pop tunes like "Waterfalls" or their more somber, brooding jams such as "The Void", this whole album is an intriguing listen that we definitely recommend.

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/heartdancermusic

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/heartdancermusic

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/heart__dancer

 

Tuesday
Jun072016

Aloha - Little Windows Cut Right Through

This right here is the perfect way to treat yourself.

Aloha's 'Little Windows Cut Right Through' is brilliant, uptempo pop music with smart lyrics and catchy everything. They remind us a little bit of Miike Snow, which is about as high a compliment as we can give.

'Ocean Street' is a major stand out tune for us - but make no mistake, at ten tracks, this record is all killer and no filler. We can promise you that. But "Ocean Street' is a track we press play on again the second it's finished, and it will never get old.

This album is beautifully written, carefully thought out and wonderfully executed. Aloha is known for innovating and never making the same album twice - and if you've never heard them, we can pretty much promise you'll be in love by the end of this record.

Festivals need to be booking this band, we can only imagine how "Little Windows Cut Right Through' would translate on an outdoor stage. We are gonna go pick this one up as soon as we can, and we are definitely going to be seeing Aloha live right away.

09.22 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
09.23 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10.07 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
10.08 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

Friday
Jun032016

Huck Finn 'Before You Begin'

 

 

Granted, this came out a while ago - but we didn't review it, and we meant to! So here we are. Besides, it's fresh as hell. It sounds like it came out tomorrow, and great music such as this has no expiry date. But hey, that's the point of this website, right? We aren't about the brand new shit, as much as we are about the real good shit.

Anyways, this record flew under our radar. But it shouldn't have, because Huck Finn pulls off a vibe and an extra cool sound that not everyone execute so well. The vocals are flawless over a variety of modern electronic vibes, disco especially, at least to begin with.

'Before You Begin' reminds us of so many different things throughout. Sometimes, it's Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Sometimes it's Junior Boys, or Hawksley Workman, or Hot Chip, or Miike Snow. They have a broad spectrum of influences and styles, but a sound that is unmistakably their own. But like a Hot Chip or Junior Boys, Huck Finn has a mastery of electronic music in general that makes this lp an adventure, and they'll keep you guessing at every turn.

We love 'We Ain't Worried', but this whole album is super great. We can't overstate how unpredictable it is, and how musically talented Huck Finn is as a duo. We are fans for life.