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

 

"Noise vs. Beauty" - Bassnectar
3/5. When I approach an EDM album, I don’t expect the world. It’s dance music, there’s no denying that and it’s not attempting to be anything else. But even so, EDM can be done well, it can be interesting to listen to even if you’re not dancing half-drunk in some dark club. Unfortunately, Bassnectar’s album is not particularly interesting. It drags a little long and while I’m sure the music would be great to dance to (much of it would actually), it’s not especially interesting to listen to. It’s not bad, but it’s not really good either, it’s just average. It’d probably sound a lot better in a club somewhere then in my car.

"Noise vs. Beauty" - Bassnectar

3/5. When I approach an EDM album, I don’t expect the world. It’s dance music, there’s no denying that and it’s not attempting to be anything else. But even so, EDM can be done well, it can be interesting to listen to even if you’re not dancing half-drunk in some dark club. Unfortunately, Bassnectar’s album is not particularly interesting. It drags a little long and while I’m sure the music would be great to dance to (much of it would actually), it’s not especially interesting to listen to. It’s not bad, but it’s not really good either, it’s just average. It’d probably sound a lot better in a club somewhere then in my car.

"These Days…" - Ab-Soul
3/5. When the people featured on an album outshine the person who made the album, you know there’s a problem. Ab-Soul has a lineup of heavy-hitters featured on this album, from Kendrick Lamar to Action Bronson to Danny Brown, there’s a lot of big names on here, and in their own right, they do pretty well (especially Kendrick), but Ab-Soul is just ok. The songs that are just him are decent but nothing particularly special. The production is good, but generally the album drags a little goes on a little long, especially the last track, clocking in at 22 minutes and featuring probably 12 minutes worth of just people talking in a studio. It’s interesting, but not 12-minutes interesting. It’s an average album with some great features.

"These Days…" - Ab-Soul

3/5. When the people featured on an album outshine the person who made the album, you know there’s a problem. Ab-Soul has a lineup of heavy-hitters featured on this album, from Kendrick Lamar to Action Bronson to Danny Brown, there’s a lot of big names on here, and in their own right, they do pretty well (especially Kendrick), but Ab-Soul is just ok. The songs that are just him are decent but nothing particularly special. The production is good, but generally the album drags a little goes on a little long, especially the last track, clocking in at 22 minutes and featuring probably 12 minutes worth of just people talking in a studio. It’s interesting, but not 12-minutes interesting. It’s an average album with some great features.

"Sea When Absent" - A Sunny Day In Glasgow
4/5. Somewhere between shoegaze and dream pop is where A Sunny Day In Glasgow falls. It’s not all fuzzy guitars and ethereal keys, there’s a bigger focus on vocals, and perhaps the thing that makes this album unique is the use of guitar. There’s some almost Jack White-like guitar moments here, where the guitar goes away from the fuzz and gets a little more rough (especially on “Crushin”). It’s interesting and A Sunny Day In Glasgow create a really enjoyable atmosphere on this album. It’s worth checking out. Highlights include: “Crushin”, “The Body, It Bends” and “MTLOV (Minor Keys)”.

"Sea When Absent" - A Sunny Day In Glasgow

4/5. Somewhere between shoegaze and dream pop is where A Sunny Day In Glasgow falls. It’s not all fuzzy guitars and ethereal keys, there’s a bigger focus on vocals, and perhaps the thing that makes this album unique is the use of guitar. There’s some almost Jack White-like guitar moments here, where the guitar goes away from the fuzz and gets a little more rough (especially on “Crushin”). It’s interesting and A Sunny Day In Glasgow create a really enjoyable atmosphere on this album. It’s worth checking out. Highlights include: “Crushin”, “The Body, It Bends” and “MTLOV (Minor Keys)”.

"Great Western Valkyrie" - Rival Sons
3.5/5. Similar to their last album, Rival Sons’ most recent album, “Great Western Valkyrie” has a really cool sound that goes nowhere. Rival Sons play their own brand of blues rock, a pretty heavy version of it, and they execute it pretty well. Unfortunately though, their music tends to stagnate, it suffers from all sounding fairly the same. Outside of tempo changes, this doesn’t sound like anything new, it doesn’t sound like it has a specific identity, it just sounds generic at times. It’s not a bad album, it has some good moments, but overall it’s just above average. Highlights include: “Good Things” and “Secret”.

"Great Western Valkyrie" - Rival Sons

3.5/5. Similar to their last album, Rival Sons’ most recent album, “Great Western Valkyrie” has a really cool sound that goes nowhere. Rival Sons play their own brand of blues rock, a pretty heavy version of it, and they execute it pretty well. Unfortunately though, their music tends to stagnate, it suffers from all sounding fairly the same. Outside of tempo changes, this doesn’t sound like anything new, it doesn’t sound like it has a specific identity, it just sounds generic at times. It’s not a bad album, it has some good moments, but overall it’s just above average. Highlights include: “Good Things” and “Secret”.

"Typical System" - Total Control
3.5/5. This album just kind of drags along slowly. I get what Total Control want to do here, they’re taking post-punk and they want to make it their own, and I give them credit for that. And as they’re doing that, there are some interesting moments here, but there just isn’t enough variety to keep too much interest. It’s not even a particularly long album, it moves by pretty quickly, but virtually all of the songs sound the same. They’re not bad, some are even interesting at times, but generally, this album falls relatively flat. It’s a pretty decent album, worth a chance. With a little more variety, it could’ve been something special.

"Typical System" - Total Control

3.5/5. This album just kind of drags along slowly. I get what Total Control want to do here, they’re taking post-punk and they want to make it their own, and I give them credit for that. And as they’re doing that, there are some interesting moments here, but there just isn’t enough variety to keep too much interest. It’s not even a particularly long album, it moves by pretty quickly, but virtually all of the songs sound the same. They’re not bad, some are even interesting at times, but generally, this album falls relatively flat. It’s a pretty decent album, worth a chance. With a little more variety, it could’ve been something special.

"Blonde" - Ghost Beach
4/5. This is glossy, 80s-inspired synthpop that will keep you going the whole way through the album. It doesn’t slow down, it just keeps on pumping. I find Ghost Beach to have a similar sound to Capital Cities, but a little more focused on the synth rather than the pop. What keeps this album interesting, what makes it good, is its experimental nature. What I mean by that is that Ghost Beach doesn’t just coast along on this album, inserting song A into formula B, but they play around a little. There’s experimentation, and that keeps the album interesting. Without that, the album would be mediocre, but it stays interesting. Add in the fact that the music is pretty catchy and fun, and you’ve got a solid album. Highlights include: “Miracle”, “Tear Us Apart” and “Close Enough”.

"Blonde" - Ghost Beach

4/5. This is glossy, 80s-inspired synthpop that will keep you going the whole way through the album. It doesn’t slow down, it just keeps on pumping. I find Ghost Beach to have a similar sound to Capital Cities, but a little more focused on the synth rather than the pop. What keeps this album interesting, what makes it good, is its experimental nature. What I mean by that is that Ghost Beach doesn’t just coast along on this album, inserting song A into formula B, but they play around a little. There’s experimentation, and that keeps the album interesting. Without that, the album would be mediocre, but it stays interesting. Add in the fact that the music is pretty catchy and fun, and you’ve got a solid album. Highlights include: “Miracle”, “Tear Us Apart” and “Close Enough”.

"Once More ‘Round The Sun" - Mastodon
4/5. As time goes on, Mastodon continues to evolve. If you listened to this album immediately after listening to “Blood Mountain”, it’d sound like a whole new band. As they’ve evolved, they’ve somewhat abandoned they’re original sludge metal sound and gone towards a more melodic metal. They haven’t completely changed though, this album is full of mathy, complex rhythms and riffs, it just happens to have a bit more singing than Mastodon usually has. It’s a solid album, it’s just important to keep in mind that this isn’t the same Mastodon of years past, they’ve changed, they continue to change, and they continue to evolve. Highlights include: “The Motherload”, “Ember City” and “High Road”.

"Once More ‘Round The Sun" - Mastodon

4/5. As time goes on, Mastodon continues to evolve. If you listened to this album immediately after listening to “Blood Mountain”, it’d sound like a whole new band. As they’ve evolved, they’ve somewhat abandoned they’re original sludge metal sound and gone towards a more melodic metal. They haven’t completely changed though, this album is full of mathy, complex rhythms and riffs, it just happens to have a bit more singing than Mastodon usually has. It’s a solid album, it’s just important to keep in mind that this isn’t the same Mastodon of years past, they’ve changed, they continue to change, and they continue to evolve. Highlights include: “The Motherload”, “Ember City” and “High Road”.

"Dark Comedy" - Open Mike Eagle
4.5/5. I don’t know if Open Mike Eagle could’ve titled his album better. “Dark Comedy” perfectly describes the feel of this album. Eagle’s attitude throughout this whole album is “Let’s laugh, because life sucks and you need to laugh sometimes”. It has a seriousness to it, a fear of life and death, especially in songs like “Idaho” where Eagle says “And the only thing fueling me is that I’m scared to die/And I’m scared for you cause you could die and never said goodbye/Why you trust me so?/Why’d you let me lead/When I don’t know where I’m going and I speed?” It’s powerful stuff. But this album isn’t all seriousness, Eagle adds levity to the album all over the place, like the end of “Doug Stamper” where he tells you to not buy a Honda Civic cause it’s a girls car, or a Chevy Aveo or a Yaris or Mini Cooper. But then he decides that if you really have to buy one of those it’s ok because they’re compact cars and they’re pretty affordable and really you shouldn’t let him judge your life. It’s a great album, with comedy and seriousness well-blended, and great production. Highlights include: “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)”, “Idaho” and “Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)”.

"Dark Comedy" - Open Mike Eagle

4.5/5. I don’t know if Open Mike Eagle could’ve titled his album better. “Dark Comedy” perfectly describes the feel of this album. Eagle’s attitude throughout this whole album is “Let’s laugh, because life sucks and you need to laugh sometimes”. It has a seriousness to it, a fear of life and death, especially in songs like “Idaho” where Eagle says “And the only thing fueling me is that I’m scared to die/And I’m scared for you cause you could die and never said goodbye/Why you trust me so?/Why’d you let me lead/When I don’t know where I’m going and I speed?” It’s powerful stuff. But this album isn’t all seriousness, Eagle adds levity to the album all over the place, like the end of “Doug Stamper” where he tells you to not buy a Honda Civic cause it’s a girls car, or a Chevy Aveo or a Yaris or Mini Cooper. But then he decides that if you really have to buy one of those it’s ok because they’re compact cars and they’re pretty affordable and really you shouldn’t let him judge your life. It’s a great album, with comedy and seriousness well-blended, and great production. Highlights include: “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)”, “Idaho” and “Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)”.

"Why Do The Heathen Rage?" - The Soft Pink Truth
4/5. This album is all about exploring. It’s about exploring where you’re “not supposed” to go and daring to do what you want. Drew Daniel is the man behind The Soft Pink Truth, a moniker he occasionally uses to release electronic music. So what has he done here? He’s decided to release an album of electronic covers of black metal songs. That’s not even a joke, I really just said that and that’s really what he does. It’s weird, it’s a little crazy, but he does it pretty well in all honesty. There’s covers that range from the relatively well known to the impossibly obscure. Even if you don’t know the songs on the album, they’re incredibly interesting to listen to. There’s virtually no guitars featured on the album, and yet it still sounds like metal. It’s really impressive stuff.

"Why Do The Heathen Rage?" - The Soft Pink Truth

4/5. This album is all about exploring. It’s about exploring where you’re “not supposed” to go and daring to do what you want. Drew Daniel is the man behind The Soft Pink Truth, a moniker he occasionally uses to release electronic music. So what has he done here? He’s decided to release an album of electronic covers of black metal songs. That’s not even a joke, I really just said that and that’s really what he does. It’s weird, it’s a little crazy, but he does it pretty well in all honesty. There’s covers that range from the relatively well known to the impossibly obscure. Even if you don’t know the songs on the album, they’re incredibly interesting to listen to. There’s virtually no guitars featured on the album, and yet it still sounds like metal. It’s really impressive stuff.

"Music For Heart And Breath" - Richard Reed Parry
4.5/5. I once had a music professor of mine tell me when I asked her why she refused to play tonal music but preferred playing atonal music, “You’ll never do it better than Beethoven or Mozart so why try?” Now, that may be true, perhaps we’ll never have anything better than Beethoven or Mozart, but that doesn’t mean we should quit the genre altogether. Richard Reed Parry shows you why right here. While this isn’t necessarily what you may consider “traditional” classical music, it’s far from atonal or overly avant-garde-sounding (e.g. John Zorn’s stuff). Parry creates one of the most beautiful works that I’ve heard in some time, an incredible atmosphere with strings and piano arranged meticulously and so well. The right use of dissonance and melody, it’s music that will capture you and take you with it. It’s beautiful stuff and worth checking out.

"Music For Heart And Breath" - Richard Reed Parry

4.5/5. I once had a music professor of mine tell me when I asked her why she refused to play tonal music but preferred playing atonal music, “You’ll never do it better than Beethoven or Mozart so why try?” Now, that may be true, perhaps we’ll never have anything better than Beethoven or Mozart, but that doesn’t mean we should quit the genre altogether. Richard Reed Parry shows you why right here. While this isn’t necessarily what you may consider “traditional” classical music, it’s far from atonal or overly avant-garde-sounding (e.g. John Zorn’s stuff). Parry creates one of the most beautiful works that I’ve heard in some time, an incredible atmosphere with strings and piano arranged meticulously and so well. The right use of dissonance and melody, it’s music that will capture you and take you with it. It’s beautiful stuff and worth checking out.