Barren Seranade by Elephant Wrecking Ball was a very pleasant surprise. The band clearly demonstrates a high level of technical skill, as well as chemistry through their tighter than tight rhythms, and beautiful, but also at times very “out there” melodies. As hard as it may be to believe, the band is only a trio, consisting of a drummer, a bassist, and a trombonist. Scott Flynn, the trombonist, hooks his trombone up through a rig of all different kinds of effect pedals, which give his playing a very interesting, distinct, and for lack of a better word, cool sound, which is simply captivating. Their songs clearly have a jazzy dub influence, but it’s certainly difficult to put concrete label on this band as a whole, for their sound is unlike anything that I’ve heard and is experimental to say the least. Throughout history, so many things in music have been done over and over again, and in this day and age, it’s harder than ever to escape the generics and create something fresh and new. If you’re into that spacey sound, jazz, appreciate technical and theoretical skill, or are just looking for something fresh and unlike anything you’ve ever heard, you’ve gotta give Barren Seranade a listen.
– Brian Carducci
Genevèive Bellmare’s new EP ‘Live and Die’ is a balance of jazz, indie rock rhythms and a light and smooth voice. Having worked with producers such as Mitchell Froom, Paul O’duffy, busbee and Tony Berg, it’s clear that Bellemare’s album was carefully composed. However, she still has a long way to go. The Live and Die EP had very slow tempo, repetitive and gloomy beats that made me fall asleep rather than draw me into her music. It’s mainly seen in her now released single “Live and Die” but it’s clear there was an attempt to make it a little upbeat in “The Way” and “Riddle” but she still comes out short. Although, I find that her song “Hiding Space” is the best track within the EP because it has a good balance between the gloomy jazz and indie rock beat that critics have acclaimed her for. Overall, Genevèive has a mediocre start and I’m hoping to see if there are any improvements in future singles and/or albums.
Song by Song Ratings:
Track 1: Live and Die – 2/5
Track 2: Hiding Space – 4/5
Track 3: Riddle – 3/4
Track 4: The Way – 1/5
Until the Ribbon Breaks’s album Until the Ribbon Breaks was a pretty solid album. There are 4 songs on the album: A Taste of Silver, Perspective ft. Homeboy Sandman, Sam Smith- Nirvana Until the Ribbon Breaks Reimagination, Phantogram- Fall in Love Until the Ribbon Breaks Reimagination. A Taste of Silver reminded me of the Black Keys, while Fall in Love and Nirvana reminded me of Odeza. The song Perspective has some hip hop in it, which is cool, because it makes the song alternative.
I think it is definitely worth listening to. Every song in the Until the Ribbon Break’s album is different and unique. These four songs are now apart of my personal library.
They can be listened to on Soundcloud and a few of their songs are on Spotify.
Under Pressure is Logic’s first studio album released by Def Jam Recordings and Visionary Music Group. It was released October 21, 2014 and debuted on Billboard 200 at #4. Many of the beats have samples including Jeff Beck, The Mohawks and Marvin Gaye. Lyrically the album is really solid and he manages to combine pump-up main stream rap while still managing to tell a story. I really enjoyed the complete album, it kept me hooked throughout it. The album didn’t get as much hype as it deserves. The singles “Under Pressure” and “Growing Pains” are two of the best tracks on the album, along with “Gang Related” and “Metropolis.” Also between songs he has the electronic voice “Thalia” who shares difffent facts about the album and about Logic himself. It puts an interesting “fun fact” into the album. Overall I would rate the album an 8.5/10.
This selection of eleven songs coming from Forever Came Calling brings us back to the days of 2000s with the whiny voiced angst teenagers. But theres nothing like that. That age of Alternative music was all about the teens and how angry they were at the world. This album is a perfect reincarnation of that sound bringing back the problems we all had in our high school days.
For those that love the old type of music that makes you want to shut yourself into your room and vent to walls, this is the music for you. The band does a great job with the buildups throughout the album, but they aren’t creating anything out of the ordinary. The riffs are repetitive just like every alternative song, facing the appeal of the music solely around what the singer is saying.
They were able to throw in a nice acoustic song on track six, slowing down the pace of the album. It was a nice change to the sound of the album. There were a few nice buildups dispersed through the album but there was nothing out of the ordinary on this album. If you love the sounds of Blink 182 or Sum 41, you’ll love Forever Came Calling. Just a little less whiny with a little more guitar thrown in there.
By Alex Cannata