Category Archives: Written Posts

Music Thoughts: Rilo by Seams

NOTE: The above embed is the official music video, but the song itself is about 2 minutes longer than it.

I like this song overall. It’s got a nice, ambient, main beat. The various notes sprinkled throughout the first half give it just the right amount of added noise to not make it too repetitive. The alternating notes that open the second half has this cool, almost “electronic rain” sound. What I don’t really like though is the last 90 seconds – which aren’t part of the video embedded above. This last part just doesn’t have the same feel as the rest of the song, almost like it was added on (which, considering this song was originally conceived as two separate songs, it might’ve been). Still, it’s worth listening to for those first two-thirds.

Download the song for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Seams’ album, Quarters, will be released September 30, 2013 and will be available from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

Seams’ website

Music Thoughts: Little Games by The Colourist

Wow, did I like this song. The main guitar riff is ridiculously infectious. The drum section has a commanding, but not overbearing feel. A song about a breakup shouldn’t put me in such a good mood, but the two different vocalists (one female, one male) make it work so well.

The song is currently available to download for free from the iTunes store. Expired.
The Colourist’s EP, Lido, is available to download from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

The Colourist’s website

Music Thoughts: Shine Shine by Todd Herfindal

So today we have a piece of environmental-themed rock music. The verses themselves are about the problems in the world – “with guns blazing all around, is it really worth dying for?” – while the chorus is a call for people to do good. The guitar section gives the hopeful feel of a better tomorrow, which really shines (no pun intended) through during the chorus along with Todd’s voice.

Download the song for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Get Todd’s album, Right Here Now, from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

Todd Herfindal’s website

Music Thoughts: Lock ‘N’ Load by The Dead Daisies Featuring Slash

“Lock ‘N’ Load” is presumably the single from an upcoming self-titled album from The Dead Daisies. With Slash involved, I was expecting good things from the guitar section, and this song didn’t disappoint. The main riff is engaging, and the solo also draws you in. Following the solo is a more toned down section, which I quite liked as a lead-in to the song’s ending.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.

The Dead Daisies’ website

Music Thoughts: I Was Not There by Terry Malts

“I Was Not There” is from Terry Malts’ upcoming album, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere. The guitar is the real focus here. It has a good hook that keeps the song energetic, and I liked when it alone was playing at the intro and partway into the song. The drum section is fast and enjoyable and plays off the guitar well. This is an overall fun, catchy punk piece.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere will be released September 10, 2013 and will be available from Amazon.com.

Terry Malts on Facebook

Music Thoughts: Natural Selection by Alexander von Mehren

“Natural Selection” comes from Alexander’s upcoming album, Aeropop. It begins with a one minute introductory piano-lead piece. This opening is quite serene in nature and gives the song a relaxing start. In the next part, the piano becomes sharper and serves as the main beat while other instruments (and the vocalists) gradually join in. By the time the guitars enter, the song has built up to an appealing combination of sounds that carry it to the final part of the song. This final part is another slow piano piece that serves as nice way to end the song.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Aeropop will be released August 20, 2013 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.

Alexander von Mehren’s website

Music Thoughts: Floating by Nadine Shah

“Floating” comes from Nadine’s upcoming album, Love Your Dum And Mad. This is the demo version of the song, and since the album hasn’t been released yet I don’t know what changed between this and the final track. Nadine sings about how uninteresting everyday life can be. It’s a rather slow song, with a straightforward but kind of dense drum beat. The acoustic guitar is rather minimalistic, with the frequent sounds of what almost seems like a computer breaking down. It all combines into a rather intriguing, but slightly unnerving song, especially for the last 90 seconds which are done instrumentally.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Love Your Dum And Mad will be released July 23, 2013 and will be available from Amazon MP3.

Nadine Shah’s website