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Give In By Bryan Away Paints Poetic Music & The Tones of 90s Rock

7 Dec

Bryan Away paints an EP dosed with melancholy and reflecting in Give In. Characteristic of Opera meets spoken word, Away’s music paints a storytelling web about how he sees the world and his commentary on it. Musically, the EP mixes the calm tones of a synth keyboard with backfill of reverb noise to give a dash of atmospheric texture. A track that stands out not only because of its sound, but also its lyrical content as well is Birthday Song. If a listener closes their eyes, they will hear a mixture of 90s rock influence and a poetic tone of feeling linked together. For Elliot Korte, recording alias aside, he’s been making music for a lifetime, but did not publicly release it until 2016. His music is quite sophisticated and well thought out from the album’s beginning to the end. Produced by James McAlister, producer who has worked closely with Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Desner, GIve In does not miss the mark of brilliance. Bryan Away you are off to a great start after your public revealing of your music. 

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Give In


Napoleon shows his creative endurance with monthly EP project

8 Oct


Napoleon takes on after Sufjan Stevens in his latest creative undertaking.

I recently discovered Napoleon, a musician who makes beats like a chilled, electro Ratatat. In other words, this is what the future sounded like in the ‘90s, with all the spacey clean synths. When looking further into Napoleon’s career and recent recordings I discovered that he had embarked upon a new and extensive project. Similar to the Sufjan Stevens’ 50 albums for 50 states hoax, Napoleon announced he would release one four-track EP each month this year. I think Sufjan’s major downfall was that he didn’t give himself a deadline, but Napoleon is cranking out the tunes like he means it. (I think Sufjan’s other downfall was that he never could have been able to write enough lyrics for the boring states like Kansas and Iowa.)

October is upon us, so the September EP, 9: A Golden Roadtrip, has just been released. Below, I’ve listed my favorite track from each month’s EP, starting with the most recent release, and will update for the future three EPs that are slated to be released in the next three months. Don’t give up now, Napoleon! You’ve come too far to stop now!

For more information on Napoleon, visit his website. (I included two tracks from February’s EP because somehow, in 28 days, Napoleon wrote five tracks, rather than his promised four. Madness.)

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