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The Smallest Creature Collectively Knows Who They Are With Latest Album The Magic Beans

3 Dec

Take one listen to The Smallest Creature and get ready to transport yourself into another dimension. With heavy synthesized sounds and strong vocals, they create something quite different. The album as a whole I feel sounds like an auditory story being told. A standout track from the album, titled October Song has strong lyrics such as “break away, she said the world will rise”, that paint visual metaphors for listeners that are taken on this journey. The effective use of synth and drumming throughout in a slow, rhythmic manner add a diverse texture to their sound as well. When reflecting on some artists that I would closely categorize them next to would be Soundgarden and Radiohead. Both of these bands have enough diversity in their music as a collective observation, but they are always evolving and have those similarly strong characteristics of sound. From start to finish, there is not a weak track on the album further affirming that The Smallest Creature knows exactly who they are and the capabilities and dimensions of their sound are up for the challenge of the music world.

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Paul Maged Faces The Political Climate With Latest Single The Resistance

10 Nov

Paul Maged displays his feelings with an unfiltered and unapologetic view in his latest single The Resistance. With lyrics specifically concentrating on Trump and how his presidency has affected the nation dominates the single, its merely a statement to what our world is going through right now. While most listeners would agree politics and music should not mix, Maged carries his harshness into this single in an unapologetic way. Originally set to come out as part of a final EP in a trilogy, Maged chose to release it sooner due to the political season and the strong feelings associated with our nation. From being nominated for a pre grammy for writing No More Love Tonight to being a finalist for the Great American Song contest for Images, he shows a socially conscious side within The Resistance.

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Digit + Stas Carries You In A New Atmospheric World With Doors

24 Jun

Presenting the track Doors off of the soon to be released EP Violet, with upbeat and synthetic sounds, listeners are brought into an atmospheric world of Digit + Stas. Continuing the synthetic sound, the acoustics of Digit + Sound are also paired with symphonic undertones. When reflecting on how one would place Digit+ Stas’s sound, it falls halfway between the spectrum of Lana del Rey and the dark side of Sia. Nastasia Avrutin delivers her strong vocals throughout the duration of the track, clearly showing the emotion and tone within her music. With an eclectic background working in the environments where musicians come to perform in Brooklyn, one can infer that Nastasia has been continuously creatively inspired.

Remember When…?

5 Oct

Remember when the macarena was the dance to do?  Or how about when you could turn on the TV and watch new episodes of Seinfeld or Friends or could scream about how terrible The Phantom Menace was and still be considered relevant.  Yes people, I’m talking about the music in the 90s and I don’t mean Brittney or Christina, ‘NSync or the Backstreet Boys (pre-coming out of the closet) or even the Tupac/Biggie feud.  I’m glorifying these bands of the 90s to help create a musical legacy that isn’t just gangsta rap posturing, soulless pop or teen idol emptiness.

I’m going to start off with probably the nerdiest  band of the past two decades: Weezer.  Pick a color either blue, green or red and you’ve picked a great album. Listening to Weezer is sort of like being shot into an alternate universe where your angst isn’t particularly angsty and it doesn’t hurt because you yourself can trivialize it to the point of hilarity.  In that alternate reality though, all memory of Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore are preserved so you don’t need much else.

Now I would be remiss to talk about 90s music without mentioning the great grunge movement of long greasy hair, angry angst, unwanted popularity and battles against commercial success.  My favorite band from this lovely genre is Pearl Jam, whose battles against their own popularity included taking on ticketmaster and refusing to release one of their most popular songs as a single.  That being said, Pearl Jam could both rock (on Even Flow) and ballad (on Better Man) and are one of the still relevant grunge acts of the 90s.

In a totally different universe from pretty much anything else I listen to lies Rage Against the Machine.  Built primarily on testosterone and pedal effects, Rage built up a following because their anger was directed not at themselves or evil heart breaking harpies but at the unseen forces that control our political and economic landscapes.  Switch out Rage frontman for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and you get Audioslave which I confess is not a 90s band but draws heavily from grunge music and is definitely worth a listen.

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