I have one very simple mission. I want to show people music. Music they've never heard before. I know how much music means to me and I know that I am always looking for new music that I love. I created this blog in the hopes that perhaps I could help other people discover new music as easily as they possibly can. There are few things I love more than learning that I've helped someone discover music, and I love discussing music even more. If I have helped you discover something, feel free to let me know, I'd love to hear about it. And most importantly, if you read these reviews and, somehow, enjoy them, thank you.

If you would like to submit music to me to review, message me with a link to your music and I will review it. Please only send me music that is from the current year, as I prefer to stick to one year.







"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. It is the electric soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

"Soft Friday" - Coves
3.5/5. This was just a borderline rating for me, and it’s entirely possible that it could go up the more I listen to this album. Coves are a psych-garage rock band and this is their debut, and a pretty decent one at that. it starts off very strong but the issue with it is that it dies off at the end. The last few songs on this album have little character, certainly not the character that songs earlier on the album have. There’s a fair amount of variety in the early half of the album, but the latter half loses that variety, it feels like Coves moves into too familiar and safe territory. It’s still a decent album and worth checking out, it’s possible that the songs will grow on me with time, but even so, this is still a pretty good album. Highlights include: “Last Desire”, “Beatings” and “Fall Out Of Love”.

"Soft Friday" - Coves

3.5/5. This was just a borderline rating for me, and it’s entirely possible that it could go up the more I listen to this album. Coves are a psych-garage rock band and this is their debut, and a pretty decent one at that. it starts off very strong but the issue with it is that it dies off at the end. The last few songs on this album have little character, certainly not the character that songs earlier on the album have. There’s a fair amount of variety in the early half of the album, but the latter half loses that variety, it feels like Coves moves into too familiar and safe territory. It’s still a decent album and worth checking out, it’s possible that the songs will grow on me with time, but even so, this is still a pretty good album. Highlights include: “Last Desire”, “Beatings” and “Fall Out Of Love”.

"Days Of Abandon" - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
4/5. I loved the last album that The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart put out, 2011’s “Belong”. When I reviewed it, I said that they sounded very similar to the Silversun Pickups, with a blend of indie rock and shoegaze. TPOBPAH still sound like that, and they still do it well. This is a pretty solid album, it contains a lot of the same elements that “Belong” had, however it somewhat lacks the consistency that “Belong” had. “Belong” was, from beginning to end, a very good album. Overall, this is a solid album, but it’s not quite as good as “Belong” was. Still, this is an album worth checking out. TPOBPAH have a fantastic ability to layer music, the guitars, the drums, it all sounds really cool and the vocals are solid. Generally speaking, this is a solid album, and it’s worth listening to. Highlights include: “Eurydice”, “Kelly” and “Masokissed”.

"Days Of Abandon" - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

4/5. I loved the last album that The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart put out, 2011’s “Belong”. When I reviewed it, I said that they sounded very similar to the Silversun Pickups, with a blend of indie rock and shoegaze. TPOBPAH still sound like that, and they still do it well. This is a pretty solid album, it contains a lot of the same elements that “Belong” had, however it somewhat lacks the consistency that “Belong” had. “Belong” was, from beginning to end, a very good album. Overall, this is a solid album, but it’s not quite as good as “Belong” was. Still, this is an album worth checking out. TPOBPAH have a fantastic ability to layer music, the guitars, the drums, it all sounds really cool and the vocals are solid. Generally speaking, this is a solid album, and it’s worth listening to. Highlights include: “Eurydice”, “Kelly” and “Masokissed”.

"Z" - SZA
3.5/5. To answer your first question, no, SZA is not a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The only thing she has in common with RZA or GZA is the way she created her name, by picking three letters from the Supreme Alphabet. Now as for SZA herself, she has some talent, and this is pretty solid for a debut album, the only issue is consistency. There are some songs that are good, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she features three of the biggest names in hip-hop right now on her album (those names being Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Isaiah Rashad). And the features work fairly well where they are, SZA at times creates a really cool alternative R&B vibe, but too often do the songs grow stale. SZA has potential for sure, I could see her releasing something really special in the future, but for now, we have a decent debut. Highlights include: “Babylon”, “Childs Play” and “Green Mile”.

"Z" - SZA

3.5/5. To answer your first question, no, SZA is not a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The only thing she has in common with RZA or GZA is the way she created her name, by picking three letters from the Supreme Alphabet. Now as for SZA herself, she has some talent, and this is pretty solid for a debut album, the only issue is consistency. There are some songs that are good, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she features three of the biggest names in hip-hop right now on her album (those names being Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Isaiah Rashad). And the features work fairly well where they are, SZA at times creates a really cool alternative R&B vibe, but too often do the songs grow stale. SZA has potential for sure, I could see her releasing something really special in the future, but for now, we have a decent debut. Highlights include: “Babylon”, “Childs Play” and “Green Mile”.

"Tremors" - SOHN
3.5/5. This album was entirely hit or miss, but when it hit, it hit really well. SOHN is Christopher Taylor, an English producer, who has created what is essentially an attempt at recreating the sounds of James Blake, but with a little more to it. Blake has always been about minimalism, but SOHN is more about layering sounds all on top of each other to create an amalgamation of music. Taylor’s vocals on top of the layers of music are pretty solid too, it’s what’s part of this trend now of mixing R&B vocals with electronic music. Sometimes it works really well, creating some really cool stuff, and sometimes it falls flat and is fairly boring. Taylor certainly seems to have the ability to make some really cool stuff, he just needs to be more consistent. Highlights include: “Paralysed”, “The Wheels” and “Bloodflows”.

"Tremors" - SOHN

3.5/5. This album was entirely hit or miss, but when it hit, it hit really well. SOHN is Christopher Taylor, an English producer, who has created what is essentially an attempt at recreating the sounds of James Blake, but with a little more to it. Blake has always been about minimalism, but SOHN is more about layering sounds all on top of each other to create an amalgamation of music. Taylor’s vocals on top of the layers of music are pretty solid too, it’s what’s part of this trend now of mixing R&B vocals with electronic music. Sometimes it works really well, creating some really cool stuff, and sometimes it falls flat and is fairly boring. Taylor certainly seems to have the ability to make some really cool stuff, he just needs to be more consistent. Highlights include: “Paralysed”, “The Wheels” and “Bloodflows”.

"So It Goes" - Ratking
4/5. Ratking is a hip-hop trio from New York who seem to classify themselves as sort of a rap/punk hybrid in a way. I have to say, they definitely sound unique, the production especially. Throughout this album, things are constantly going on, there’s a constant wall of sound coming at you. It’s loud, sometimes it can be grating on the ears, but that’s the point. It’s supposed to keep you paying attention, it’s supposed to keep you on edge. You don’t get to become complacent with the music on this album, it’s going to force itself on you. It’s pretty good too, which is a nice bonus. Lyrically it’s pretty strong, and that combined with the impressive production makes this a pretty strong album, certainly very good for a debut. Hopefully we’ll hear some more good stuff out of these guys. Highlights include: “Remove Ya”, “So Sick Stories” and “Take”.

"So It Goes" - Ratking

4/5. Ratking is a hip-hop trio from New York who seem to classify themselves as sort of a rap/punk hybrid in a way. I have to say, they definitely sound unique, the production especially. Throughout this album, things are constantly going on, there’s a constant wall of sound coming at you. It’s loud, sometimes it can be grating on the ears, but that’s the point. It’s supposed to keep you paying attention, it’s supposed to keep you on edge. You don’t get to become complacent with the music on this album, it’s going to force itself on you. It’s pretty good too, which is a nice bonus. Lyrically it’s pretty strong, and that combined with the impressive production makes this a pretty strong album, certainly very good for a debut. Hopefully we’ll hear some more good stuff out of these guys. Highlights include: “Remove Ya”, “So Sick Stories” and “Take”.

"Lights Out" - Ingrid Michaelson
3/5. Whenever I approach a pop album, I have to take it as exactly that: a pop album. I cannot go into the album expecting it to be something incredibly in-depth, something with poetic lyrics and complex instrumentation that is mind-blowing. Sometimes pop albums have that, and that’s awesome, but I can’t expect that because that’s not what pop is. Pop music is catchy, it’s fun, it’s upbeat. Occasionally it’s a ballad here and there, but generally, pop music can be nice if done well. However, pop music can also be done incredibly generically, and that’s exactly what happens here. Ingrid Michaelson is talented, I’ve heard her before, she can put out good stuff, but everything here is just bland as anything. It’s not bad, but it’s very generic. Even the artists featured on the album (Mat Kearney, A Great Big World, and others) don’t add too much flavor to the album, but rather contribute to the generic feel. It’s a pure medium album.

"Lights Out" - Ingrid Michaelson

3/5. Whenever I approach a pop album, I have to take it as exactly that: a pop album. I cannot go into the album expecting it to be something incredibly in-depth, something with poetic lyrics and complex instrumentation that is mind-blowing. Sometimes pop albums have that, and that’s awesome, but I can’t expect that because that’s not what pop is. Pop music is catchy, it’s fun, it’s upbeat. Occasionally it’s a ballad here and there, but generally, pop music can be nice if done well. However, pop music can also be done incredibly generically, and that’s exactly what happens here. Ingrid Michaelson is talented, I’ve heard her before, she can put out good stuff, but everything here is just bland as anything. It’s not bad, but it’s very generic. Even the artists featured on the album (Mat Kearney, A Great Big World, and others) don’t add too much flavor to the album, but rather contribute to the generic feel. It’s a pure medium album.

"Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" - Black Label Society
3.5/5. Let me just say that I could listen to Zakk Wylde play guitar all day. The man is a fantastic guitarist, and I’ve always loved his work. That being said, being a great guitarist doesn’t necessarily make you the best of songwriters. Black Label Society has always been a hit or miss band, they’ve never really put out a consistently good album, and this album is more of the same. Wylde’s guitar playing is fantastic throughout, but everything else about the album is just alright with a few brighter spots here and there. Again, it’s really nothing different than anything Black Label Society has put out. Listen to it for the guitar playing, if anything.

"Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" - Black Label Society

3.5/5. Let me just say that I could listen to Zakk Wylde play guitar all day. The man is a fantastic guitarist, and I’ve always loved his work. That being said, being a great guitarist doesn’t necessarily make you the best of songwriters. Black Label Society has always been a hit or miss band, they’ve never really put out a consistently good album, and this album is more of the same. Wylde’s guitar playing is fantastic throughout, but everything else about the album is just alright with a few brighter spots here and there. Again, it’s really nothing different than anything Black Label Society has put out. Listen to it for the guitar playing, if anything.

"Nux Vomica" - Nux Vomica
5/5. Black metal is tricky. It can either be incredibly boring or it can be mind-bendingly good. The key to doing the latter is, in my opinion, variety. It’s one thing to sit there and scream for 45 minutes over 20 layers of guitars, it’s another thing to compose something that creates emotion. Nux Vomica creates an atmosphere here, they make something truly incredible. The album is only three tracks long, but each one is better than the last, the whole album culminating on the final track. It was the final track that put it over the edge for me, that made me realize the true genius of this album. The track sounds like battle, it sounds like war. Like guns are firing, people are dying and the world is crumbling around you, but you survive, and things get calm. Then you survey the battlefield, and you see the destruction, you see the death, and slowly, slowly, you slip into insanity. This album is an incredible roller coaster ride and worth every second. Check it out.

"Nux Vomica" - Nux Vomica

5/5. Black metal is tricky. It can either be incredibly boring or it can be mind-bendingly good. The key to doing the latter is, in my opinion, variety. It’s one thing to sit there and scream for 45 minutes over 20 layers of guitars, it’s another thing to compose something that creates emotion. Nux Vomica creates an atmosphere here, they make something truly incredible. The album is only three tracks long, but each one is better than the last, the whole album culminating on the final track. It was the final track that put it over the edge for me, that made me realize the true genius of this album. The track sounds like battle, it sounds like war. Like guns are firing, people are dying and the world is crumbling around you, but you survive, and things get calm. Then you survey the battlefield, and you see the destruction, you see the death, and slowly, slowly, you slip into insanity. This album is an incredible roller coaster ride and worth every second. Check it out.

"It’s Album Time" - Todd Terje
4/5. I think, at times, corny can be charming. It’s like someone’s dad who tells terrible jokes, really bad puns or something like that. Dad-jokes, basically. Yea, they make you roll your eyes, but sometimes, corniness is part of something’s charm. Granted, at times something corny can sound contrived, but when it’s genuine, it can be endearing, and that’s what this album is, it’s endearing. Not to say that the album is excessively goofy or anything, it’s hard to do that with an entirely instrumental electronic/disco album, but you get that feel from it, from the album cover, from the fact that the title of the album is “It’s Album Time”. It’s fun, it’s danceable, and there’s some reality behind it, it’s genuine. It knows what it is and it’s happy about that. It’s nice and enjoyable, a solid album overall and worth checking out.

"It’s Album Time" - Todd Terje

4/5. I think, at times, corny can be charming. It’s like someone’s dad who tells terrible jokes, really bad puns or something like that. Dad-jokes, basically. Yea, they make you roll your eyes, but sometimes, corniness is part of something’s charm. Granted, at times something corny can sound contrived, but when it’s genuine, it can be endearing, and that’s what this album is, it’s endearing. Not to say that the album is excessively goofy or anything, it’s hard to do that with an entirely instrumental electronic/disco album, but you get that feel from it, from the album cover, from the fact that the title of the album is “It’s Album Time”. It’s fun, it’s danceable, and there’s some reality behind it, it’s genuine. It knows what it is and it’s happy about that. It’s nice and enjoyable, a solid album overall and worth checking out.

"Under Color Of Official Right" - Protomartyr
4/5. In the early to mid 2000s, there was a major resurgence of post-punk, at least, a major resurgence in the sense that it came very much into the mainstream. This was mainly due to the success of bands like Interpol and Editors. However, and I say all of this being a fan of both of those bands, Interpol and Editors and their contemporaries could sound a little too polished sometimes, like they were lacking the emotional power that comes with post-punk often times. Protomartyr have that power, they have that skill, and the best part of it all, they have a very skilled lyricist in Joe Casey. Casey’s vocals work perfectly with the band around him, and the heavy guitars contrast incredibly well with everything else going on around them. It’s a really cool album and worth checking out. Highlights include: “Bad Advice”, “Scum, Rise!” and “Tarpeian Rock”

"Under Color Of Official Right" - Protomartyr

4/5. In the early to mid 2000s, there was a major resurgence of post-punk, at least, a major resurgence in the sense that it came very much into the mainstream. This was mainly due to the success of bands like Interpol and Editors. However, and I say all of this being a fan of both of those bands, Interpol and Editors and their contemporaries could sound a little too polished sometimes, like they were lacking the emotional power that comes with post-punk often times. Protomartyr have that power, they have that skill, and the best part of it all, they have a very skilled lyricist in Joe Casey. Casey’s vocals work perfectly with the band around him, and the heavy guitars contrast incredibly well with everything else going on around them. It’s a really cool album and worth checking out. Highlights include: “Bad Advice”, “Scum, Rise!” and “Tarpeian Rock”