Burnout Exemplifies Winn’s Feeling of Searching & Exploration

14 Jul

With the newest release from Adam Winn, entitled Burnout, the feeling of searching for something and being a wanderer of life are themes throughout the song. Setting the tone with a folky and sultry sound, Winn’s sound is distinct and signature to his unique vocals. “I could scream, I could shout, I won’t make a sound”, only scratches the surface of emotion within his lyrics in Burnout. In addition to creating musical projects, Winn has worked as a firefighter in Ft John, Canada as well. Further adding to the humility of Winn, the Adam Winn EP was completely crowd funded and recorded in a couple of months. Winn redefines the definition of hometown hero and does not fall short of having heroic qualities, both lyrically and personally.

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Dan Auerbach is the King of a One Horse Town

20 Jun

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There is something quite old about Dan Auerbach’s second solo studio album Waiting on a Song (June 2017), and I like it. Auerbach, who is the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, has not released a solo album since Keep it Hid (2009), and this new release is certainly different – more modern in its year and more oldies in its sound. It comes as no surprise that Easy Eye Sound (Auerbach’s new record label) holds the catchy slogan “Good Sound Comes Back Around.” Auerbach, though, is able to toe the line between copying the sound he wants to pay tribute to and creating new variations on that sound. So, yes, while Waiting on a Song would have fit the record players of long-haired 1970s-era teens, it still holds a uniquely modern spin that attracts listeners of all ages.

On a track-by-track sample of the album, George Harrison pops into mind, especially with “Shine on Me,” a lively guitar-driven ditty that was one of George Harrison’s staples during his post-Beatles solo career.

The song is carried by its rhythm, jaunty percussion matched with fragmented guitar strumming. Auerbach’s lyric matches the rhythm, persistent with its mention of smiling and shining. It’s almost a bit mawkish, but thankfully there is a brief riff that brings the song back to Earth. It’s a ditty of the finest variety and while I know many Auerbach/Black Keys fans are accustomed to a dirtier blues sound, this deviation is welcome, as it credits a time when music balanced fun and talent.

“King of a One Horse Town” is a bit more traditional Black Keys, but it takes the sooty blues and replaces it with a distorted spaghetti western. The song fits the soundtrack theme with its ethereal echoes and orchestral melodies. The way the twang is balanced by the string motif is masterful, and Auerbach’s vocals fit the piece neatly. It’s another original testament to songs from back in the day.

 

A Journey At Sea Reveals The Complexity of Human Condition Through Dark Corners

13 Jun

The track Goodnight from It’s Just Craig carries an undertone of grunge meets Americana goth. The lyrics “I’m sick of goodnight, from oceans away” paints a melancholic, but visual tone. When listening to It’s Just Craig, listeners can draw similarities between their sound and the sounds of Mother, the early sound of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the softness of Stars. Although, one only gets a glimpse of the journey of the path of a man at sea through the track Goodnight, the album Dark Corners takes listeners on a story of transformation and life at sea of a captain. Further emphasizing on their signature sound, it is no surprise that their production team, citing specifically John Vanderslice have carved their way into the music industry producing Spoon, Deathcab for Cutie, and St. Vincent just to name a few. It’s Just Craig reveals several parts of the human condition, journey, and themes of self-realization in this latest release.

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Self Aware Showcases Julien The Child’s Unique Sound In Indie Electronic Pop

6 Jun

Julien the Child comes in full force with his single called Self Aware. His sound will remind audiences of Copeland, Bright Eyes, and early Green Day. The vocal talent of Oliver Eldridge stands out with his range and variety of singing style throughout the track. With themes of memories, comprehension, and emotion, Self Aware stands out as more than just a single from this Tampa indie pop electronic artist. Composing music since the age of 10, Oliver’s songwriting and vocals combined definitely showcases not only his lyrical skills, but it makes his style and sound unique in the world of indie electronic pop.

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Omiqron6 Triumphs The Human Spirit Through A New Kind of Lightning

23 May

Mixing transcendentalism and themes of free-flow within A New Kind of Lightning, Omiqron6 delivers music in an organic and raw approach. With a mixture of tribal influences throughout the track, listeners are carried into a musical journey. Omiqron6 manages to intertwine the sounds of nature, classic sounds, and new-age/experimental auditory explosions within their carefully crafted and intentional aesthetic. Omiqron6 states that they explore the human spirit through elevating it through their music. By presenting the musical theme of triumph of the human soul, this ambient and experimental artist has the ability to transform the spirit and the soul.

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