Category Archives: Written Posts

Music Thoughts: Wasis by Deep Forest

“Wasis” comes from Deep Forest’s upcoming album, Deep Africa. The nearly seven minute long song can really be split into two parts: the slower, more somber first half, and the faster, more upbeat second half. The first half has two voices: one that sounded quieter and sadder, which I didn’t like all that much. The other voice was stronger and more mystical, and helped me like this part of the song more. The second half however, features a wide variety of instruments that helps give the song a special kind of atmosphere. While I definitely prefer this more active second half, I can also hear how the slower first half is used to build up to it.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Deep Africa will be released July 9, 2013 and will be available from Amazon MP3.

Deep Forest’s website

Music Thoughts: Voyager by Fur Trade

“Voyager” comes from Fur Trade’s upcoming album, Don’t Get Heavy. I really like this song. A lot. The fast main guitar riff against the rhythm of the bass is infectious. The autotuned voices play off each other incredibly well. And all of this is wrapped around a synth beat that is ridiculously catchy.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Don’t Get Heavy will be released July 23, 2013 and will be available from Amazon MP3.

Fur Trade on tumblr

Music Thoughts: Algol by Dawn of Midi

“Algol” comes from Dawn of Midi’s upcoming album Dysnomia. The piano and bass create a hypnotic atmosphere. The piano’s stinger note in the 1st half and the slam note of the 2nd half give off an additional creepy, trance-like vibe. The changing percussion helps keep the eerie feeling alive. This is a song could work as a dance song, though I can also imagine hearing it while walking through a haunted house.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Dysnomia will be released August 6, 2013 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.

Dawn of Midi’s website

Music Thoughts: Polygon of Eyes by Scorpion Child

“Polygon of Eyes” comes from Scorpion Child’s self-titled album. The fast guitar and pounding drum beat get you pumped for a speedy piece of metal. Where it really works though is after each speed section the song slows down, like it’s regrouping for the next verse. And while the song ends on one of these slower sections, it still feels like it’s going out on a high note.

The song (in edited form) is currently available to download for free from the USA iTunes store. Expired.
Scorpion Child is available to download from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

Scorpion Child’s website

Music Thoughts: Skin by Acquaintances

“Skin” comes from Acquaintances’ upcoming self-titled album. This song is powered by its guitar section. The main guitar riff is thick and overall the main driving force behind the song. The other guitars get to show off as well during the solo section, where each one gets some time to shine. It’s a slow, low key, but tough-sounding song.

The song is available to download for free from Rollin Stone’s website.
Acquaintances will be released August 6, 2013 and can be pre-ordered from Acquaintances’ Bandcamp.

Acquaintances on Facebook

Music Thoughts: Made In America by Cimorelli

“Made In America” is the title track from Cimorelli’s just-released EP. Imagine a pop song with patriotic lyrics and you’ve got an idea of what this song is like. Naturally, the pop beat makes it infectiously catchy, though the rap-like segment I particularly didn’t like.

The song is currently available to download for free from the USA iTunes store. Expired.
The Made In America EP is available from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

Cimorelli’s website

Music Thoughts: Inland by Jars of Clay

“Inland” is the title track from Jars of Clay’s upcoming album. The acoustic guitar and slow drum beat at the beginning initially give the song a somewhat stripped down feel. This changes once the guitar enters, and the song really gains energy with the backing vocals for the last part. It’s a song that effectively builds throughout it’s runtime.

The song is available to download for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
Inland will be released later this year.

Jars of Clay’s website

Music Thoughts: Beekeeper by Aoife O’Donovan

NOTE: The above embed is a live recording of this song.

“Beekeeper” comes from Aoife O’Donovan’s just released album, Fossils. The slow, methodical guitar starts off as light plucking that builds up through the song until concluding with the solo at the end. Aoife has a voice that really shines when it’s just her and the drums 3/4 into the song. This is an overall great piece of folk rock.

The song is currently available to download for free from the USA iTunes store. Expired.
Fossils is available to download from the iTunes store and Amazon MP3.

Aoife O’Donovan’s website

Music Thoughts: Weekends Are For Amateurs by Blake Hazard

“Weekends Are For Amateurs” comes from Blake Hazard’s upcoming album, The Eleanor Islands. For an indie rock song, the drum section feels more powerful than I expected. Blake’s voice has a sweet sound to it that goes nicely with the simple guitar strum. It’s an overall fun, lighthearted song.

The song can be downloaded for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
The Eleanor Islands is planned to be released July 9, 2013.

Blake Hazard’s website

Music Thoughts: Shake by I Is Another

“Shake” by I Is Another comes from their upcoming self-titled album. The main guitar riff of the first half gives off the impression of a sports-style rock song. Partway through though, the song becomes heavier, especially once the vocals turn from calmer to more screaming towards the end. It overall makes for a song that could fit into different kinds of situations, depending on what section is being listened to.

The song can be downloaded for free from Rolling Stone’s website.
I Is Another will be released June 18, 2013 and can be ordered from Siren Records and Amazon.com.

I Is Another’s website