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Off to the Races Wins Triple Crown – Jukebox the Ghost

5 Apr

I’ve written about Jukebox the Ghost before back in 2012, and since then the band has matured their unique brand of anthemic pop and have built a sound that can only be called the “Jukebox” sound. The D.C.-spawned trio of Ben Thornewill (vocals & piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals & guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums) are now on their fifth studio album, and, despite my overplaying of the infectious earworm Everything Under the Sun (2010)Off to the Races, which was just released in late March, may be the band’s best release yet.

The album brings Jukebox back to its creative roots, calling back to the first two releases (my two favorites) and creating more tracks aligned with this theatrical pop/rock sentiment. The band’s last few releases had a few tracks that worked under this lens, but Off to the Races fits it more as a complete piece. The album also features one of the band’s most ambitious pieces, “Jumpstarted,” which introduces the album and certainly sets the tone. The piece begins with a Queen-like layered vocal harmony and rapidly tickled ivories and transforms into a percussion-fueled, toe-tapping carnival of sounds – the song is a cavalcade of music (fit with creative vocals, call-backs, guitar solos, and electronic interludes) that even progresses into some a cappella. It is an immediate party and a bit risky – thankfully, the song delivers and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

“Fred Astaire” is classic Jukebox. It is a drenched guitar riff mixed with a strong vocal and consequent percussion. The song fits together like a Jukebox puzzle – it is catchy pop but done to absolute perfection. It goes down smooth.

“Everybody’s Lonely,” while different in tone, also demonstrates Jukebox’s grasp over pop tunes. The song starts as a call-back to something I can only term 1950’s diner piano and then progresses into a more traditional pop piece with crashing percussion and a swooning vocal. Thornewill’s piano diversifies this pop; he often demonstrates classical chops and this adds to the song’s success.

Another successful release for Jukebox The Ghost – perhaps their best album in years. Maybe this time I will actually see them when they come to NY; I tried several years ago but the concern was snowed out and I could not go to the make-up date. I need to see this band in concert!

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Thinking Bout You Redefines Traditional Pop With Reflective Lyrics & Masterful Mixing

27 Sep

Thinking Bout You brings all the elements of pop, hip hop, and fusion all in one track. Listeners will most likely draw comparison between front runners in the pop circuit such as Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, and Nick Jonas. Although based in Sydney, Australia listeners can anticipate Nick de la Hoyde bringing his sound over to the United States pretty quickly, just based on the catchy beats and the deep lyrics. With reflections within the song saying, “I know it’s kind of hard, I know you’re kind of scared”, it definitely cites with anyone who has experienced heartbreak or the thought of the past and memories. Furthermore, additional lyrics state “we were only young, I’ve been losing my pact to you”, digging deeper into the pop melody. With exceptional production value by Joseph (ZUZU) de la Hoyde and strong vocals, Nick de la Hoyde should be on anyone’s “ones to watch list” for 2017.

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.

Post Death Soundtrack Explores The Inner Workings of Life, Emotion,and Connection

25 Jul

With the sounds of Post Death Soundtrack only to be described as pure and dark, this Canadian band does not disappoint in their latest album. Possessing the musical characteristics of modern industrial rock, Post Death Soundtrack also offers listeners a chance at exploring the deep complexities of life and emotion. With members of Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore, and Jon Ireson, Post Death Soundtrack unites together on the album, The Unlearning Curve. The song, Beauty Eyes I Adore (Dark Highway Mix) stands out on the album with themes of over adoration, love, and the blurred lines of perception within the track itself. The track opens with a mysterious, yet serene sound at first, keeping listeners ears open wide. With lyrics heavy on soul, bleeding hearts, and the effects of a gaze, the theme of connections presents itself as well. Overall the album, The Unlearning Curve does not disappoint with its deep narratives about healing, soul transformation, and the workings of a dreaming mind as well.

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Post Death Soundtrack Brings Listeners In A Dreamworld

4 May

Hailing from Canada, Post Death Soundtrack does not disappoint with its new wave trip hop sound.  Set to release May 27th, a standout track from their upcoming album entitled The Unlearning Curve holds David Bowie undertones and elements of new wave. You Can’t Go Back delves deep into a narrative of a wandering mind, with poignant lyrics such as “you can’t go back, the system is out of order, and we all throw our hands out”. Further making references to falling in a rabbit hold will make the listener think they are reminded of Alice In Wonderland and the merging of reality and dreaming collide. Within the track as well are references to serpents as well, perhaps alluding to a forbidden fruit concept as well in such a simple, yet complex track. If you are wanting to listen to a band that has classical influences mixed with some new age thinking, The Unlearning Curve from Post Death Soundtrack should be next on your musical playlist.

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