To be lost is to be found beforehand. An object, person, place, something has been known about, but it is not in sight. You yearn for its presence once more, and you’re constantly looking for a hint of its whereabouts.
Silence is… vacancy. To quote a certain short man who hates trumpets (if you know, you know, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha7smLPz2GY), “[Silence] serves as the foundation of ... read more
Some time ago, I was watching a few works of Swiss filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel. During the 20th century, he created these brief and beautiful vignettes of short films. Cascades of color wash across the screen as abstract shapes take on appearances of trees, rooms, animals, and humanoids. The tangible feelings of his films are akin to that of dream sequences or lost memories, an endless waking daydream that ... read more
Everything Everything aren’t just anything. They really are everything, at least on their newest musical venture Raw Data Feel.
Exhibiting a tight concept about the troubling future of humankind, the record makes the listener feel like they’re on a dance floor at an apocalypse party. Everybody around you knows the dark fate of the human race, but there’s a nostalgic, bittersweet sense ... read more
There are extremely easy ways to categorize Eastman on the surface.
“Boring, too long.”
“Cool ideas here and there, but not much substance.”
“I can appreciate this, but I won’t be listening to it again.”
“Oh, a huge grouping of some sick minimalism work. Thanks for finding this!”
But, no. Alas, I think if you’d like to describe Eastman to anybody, these few ... read more
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James Blake’s 2019 record “Assume Form” was the album that got me into listening to new music. It still holds quite a significance with me, being one of my favorite records of 2019, and one of my favorite albums of all time. And even then, James Blake has become one of my favorite artists as well.
Upon the announcement of his 2021 record “Friends ... read more
Something lays in the glitchy landscape. It’s a fuzzy, inconceivable blob of polygons, completely untouched by human sight. We know something is there, but we are so apprehensive that we become numb to the fear. Low’s “Hey What” evokes just that: an incomprehensible fear.
And yes, that was just my reaction. “Hey… what?”
Low’s last work, “Double ... read more
With a cup of mugwort tea and honey in hand, I read a chapter of House of Leaves before nodding off to sleep for the night…
My legs feel like they’re floating up, independent from the rest of my body. Slowly, gradually, chasing the ceiling to nowhere. Am I dreaming this feeling, or is something pulling them to the heavens? I will never know for sure. The next moment will stick with me forever.
My father screams my name from ... read more
Guess what? No, I still haven’t gotten over my obsession with the best ska band of all time, Streetlight Manifesto. And no, I still haven’t gotten my retainer to fit on my teeth, mostly because I haven’t worn the damn thing in roughly eight months. What I’m about to tell you, is totally mind-blowing. It’s something that not even the highest authorities in the world know ... read more
“OK Human” sees the once hailed power pop group take on the chamber pop menace of a genre. It’s been nearly two years since they’ve released “The Black Album”, which was a mixed bag to say the least. The same year, they released a covers record, which I ended up enjoying a bit. It seems to me that Weezer are becoming one of the most ... read more
I'm cooped up in my room with a mug of smooth hot tea in hand, listening to Peter Gabriel's self-titled debut on vinyl. All of a sudden, I hear the dreary, dark smatterings of rain drops on my window.
I run to the front door and look out onto the street. Sure enough, the sky has broken this evening, petrichor sweeping through the damp air and sticking to the outside of the clear glass window. Is this a metaphorical ... read more
So, there's a single question I've been pondering over the past couple weeks. It hasn't been pondered in the heat of an existential crisis or fit of sadness, just something that I've been toiling with for a while. When it comes to the question at hand, I'm most certainly not the only person who thinks it, visualizes it, or dreams it. The entire human race, ... read more
Ken M's prior studio project "Climb", while it did have its emotional potency in essence, didn't have the intense calibre of instrumentation, performance, and delivery that I was looking for in a project with such heart and soul. The closer "Fear" is just one of those tracks that grips you to the core, despite its lo-fi/DIY mood. The record really feels like you're taking a deep dive into the head of the ... read more
Piquing my interest just as Lil Darkie did a year ago today, releasing a project on New Years Day has its positives and negatives. ... read more
It was a sweltering, smoggy Atlanta morning. The air felt alive as every bustling person and speeding car zoomed through the dense particles of the sticky environment. I sat at the bus stop on MLK Jr. and Ted Turner, where I could almost taste the coffee from the lingering scents of the shop a couple steps ... read more
Honey Harper's fragility is immensely gripping on this humble grouping of tracks, and that fragility is only heightened by the sheer brilliance of his vocal tone. He's a lonely lost soul clinging to the opaque ... read more
Against literally all of the odds, 2020 has been his year, with Bladee releasing a total of three albums spanning the same icy, ... read more
Well I do declare, Taylor sure caught us all off-guard this year, sharing TWO (count 'em) TWO folk-oriented albums over the course of just a couple months. The level of maturity really stacks up from her previous efforts, providing that immersive, personal, hometown feel that, most of the time, follows the standard folk aesthetic.
These melodies ... read more
The spaceman himself Kid Cudi is back with a truly standout record in his discography. Even though its the third installment of his "Man on the Moon" series, the artist feels rejuvenated with a new sense of wisdom, power, and seldom curiosity in genre. For a man just so inspiring and inquisitive, he really knows where to hit your good spot.
This record calls to those who have been long time fans, those who have been banging "Erase Me" since its release. ... read more