Tag Archives: Phantogram

Erich Mrak Romanticizes Heartbreak In Float

24 Oct

When listeners listen to Float, they will think that they have been transported to a dream land filled with melancholy and an aura of upbeatness as well within the composition of the song. With lyrics stating “with the money you saved, I’m not building you a boat”, one can infer that Erich Mrak is talking about a relationship turned sour. In terms of sound, it’s a cross between Broken Social Scene, Phantogram, and 90s surf rock. Most songs that reflect on relationships and their transformations from beginning to end sound depressing, but Erich Mrak has a way of composing this track in a way that makes listeners think of heartbreaks in a romanticized way. Between the combination of the unique upbeat production by Bento, and the simple lyrics that convey a strong point of heartbreak, sinking, and survival, Erich Mrak stands out with his unique sound and lyrics.

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Departure Delivers A Wave of Emotion Within Gateways

14 Aug

With emphasis on heavy synths and the electric guitar, the track titled Gateways from Salt-Lake City based group Departure’s newest EP called Gateways delivers angst and agony all wrapped within this heart felt song. Lyrics such as “shut the lights off”/” I’m exactly what you think I am”/, you never know how deep my sorrow goes/ all make the listener ride the wave of intense emotion within the tone of the song.  Additionally, the theme of personifying lyrics makes the listener connect even more; “agony has a new face, it looks just like me”. The vocal talents within Departure are strong, drawing similarities to Copeland and the early days of Coheed & Cambria. Setting an impressive mark in the music world so far with opening for Phantogram Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and many more Gateway is here to stay with their lasting mark within their music.

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