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Path Overgrown Allows You To Be Zen & Feel All Of Your Feelings

25 Apr

Path Overgrown from Todd Warner Moore is exactly what your soul needs. Creating this album in Hong Kong, this acoustic folk singer intertwines zen, mindfulness, and heavy musings about life within his music. This is fifth album within span of 18 months, kicking it off with Birdsong in June 2018. With this album being anchored in acoustic rock, Moore has written music in the categories and music genres of Folk, 60s Psychedelia, Gypsy, and even Latin Music. With 12 songs bringing everything from a track titled Little Cobra to Gratitude, Moore clearly connects the spiritual and nature world into his musical collection as well. With lyrics such as “and to know not to know from the garden we go”, the metaphors and connections to life are all throughout this album. A shining quality of Path Overgrown, is that it brings these beautifully written narratives and reflections into a cohesive album. Todd Warner Moore’s writing is just as much of a standout component to which listeners will connect with while listening to the album. With the sounds of violin strings and the ever present strum of the guitar, this should be on repeat while driving down the road, getting back to zen, or just absorbing all the musicianship that Moore brings.

 

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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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Napoleon shows his creative endurance with monthly EP project

8 Oct

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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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