Here's some nu-disco for you! In small doses (this EP has 4 tracks), I think it's totally fine.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Hmm, can't say I was too inspired by the album cover but I am glad I went ahead and actually listen to the tracks. It's a bit all over the place but it's strong melodically (That word probably doesn't exist!) wise. There's some cheesy stuff but, all in all, not bad.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Nice little assemblage of melodic tunes. Fave track: "Ratchet Dirge", it's super downtempo and has some real nice melodic motifs. The two following ones are pretty cool too. Come to think of it, I really like the slowest tracks on this album.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Cool electronic album! It has that game music vibe but don't you worry, it's not chiptune, well, not too much ("The Plot Thickens"is very chiptunesque.) The only thing that bothers me a little is that track 2 sounds very similar to track 1.
Monday, September 29, 2014
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Well, this is a perfect fit for Super Melodic Tracks. Listen to the opening track, "Leaving", and tell me if you don't absolutely love what you are hearing. It starts with that cool lingering melody on the electric piano. At some point, light drumming comes in, which breaks the mood a tiny bit. But that's not all. What sounds like crackling gets pumped in, just like in your favorite vinyl. Whether it's a good thing or not is debatable. Track 2, "Barren", is as the name implies a bit more on the ambient side of the lake. So, at this point, I am not sure where the album is going, which is kinda cool. Track 3, "New Life", seems to indicate something more uplifting. The chord progression seem to indicate that as well. Then, the layered piano playing kicks in and you're in for a good time. Well, that's it for individual reviews and I invite you to listen to the album for yourself as it's just a click away.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Progressive rock at its finest! I am just gonna briefly review the opening track, "The Contemplation Of The Cosmologer", because it gives a good idea of what to expect. It's got the big drums, the bass, the piano, the strings, the organ (I assume the Hammond B3), and the guitar (of course), in short, anything and everything you would expect in a prog-rock track. The drumming is crisp which makes for a big sound. The track evolves beautifully and it really leaves you wanting to hear more. Well, it's the perfect opening track.
This an album of music made for a video game. No, not the chiptune kind. It's very Zelda like.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I don't know if you know this but "Rival Tag" used to be known as JustOneGuyInHisBedroom, and his album have been reviewed on this very blog before. Well, a long time has passed since the days of Mr. Jogihb and my reviews have become shorter and shorter. I hope this is not a problem. What I like about Rival Tag is that his style may have changed a bit but the spirit remains the same. The tracks are full of cool little melodies. There are two things I like above all: bell/glockenpiel sounds and square waves. Well, this album delivers on both counts. I m not sure that in this day and age it makes sense to spend too much trying to describe somebody's music when it is 10 times easier for you to just listen to the thing.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Cleverly written melodic music with vocals, that's pretty cool. Well, since it's such a short album (6 tracks), I think I am gonna review the album track by track (I am gonna try.) Track 1, "I Miss Myself", sets the tone to the album. It's mostly an instrumental as the vocals come near the end of this rather short track. I really like the little quick melodic motifs sprinkled here and there. Track 2, "Treading Water", has all the elements of a hit. I really like the melodic hook and the harmonic work that couples the voice of the lead singer with a much deeper second vocalist. Great track! Track 3, "Vagrant", is nothing too special (Don't get me wrong! It's a good track.) but it made me appreciate the talent of that lead vocalist. That voice has some swagger! Maybe I should mention there's some whistling in that tune (A mildly interesting factoid.) Those guys really seem to like the sound of electric organs from the seventies. Track 4, "Isabelle", proves it. This is probably a love song, I am not sure as I never pay attention to lyrics (Never! I am only interested in the core, the music.) Track 5, "Seventeen Years", is not my cup of tea as it sounds familiar somehow and the singing is a bit too emo for me. I like the trumpet though. Track 6, "Victoria City", ends the album on a high note. It's my fave track along with "Treading Water".
Well, this is the end of the review and I am pleased to say that I totally enjoyed the listen. This is good stuff. I think some of the tracks (the ones I really like especially) could have been a tad longer but that's just me.
Friday, June 27, 2014
If you like a tune with a solid bass groove, cymbals and a soaring guitar solo that keeps on giving, check out track 1, "Primer". If that doesn't make you want to listen to the whole album, I don't know what will. This is a great lead track. I am too lazy to write a full review right now (I may never will) but I wanted to share.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I wouldn't say this is super melodic but if you like instrumentals where the guitar is queen (super warm tones) and the mood is quite laid back, then give this album a good spin. This is probably the kind of album that grows on you as the melodies are quite complex. Only thing that tickles me a bit are the fade outs as I like my music to end with a bang (Just kidding, especially after listening to track 4 where the ending is a bit too abrupt, eheh.)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This is an album of classics (of classical music) played on the mellotron. If you have no idea what a mellotron is, well, let's just say that it's a precursor of the sampler but instead of playing wav files when a key is pressed, a tape rolls over a playback head (like a reel-to-reel tape deck or more recently a cassette player). As you can imagine, besides the fact that the needed tapes are a bit hard to come by these days (Even if you can find some, they have the tendency to desintegrate.), those things can be a little bit unpredictable and it takes dedication to produce one track, let alone a full album. I salute that dedication as it takes somebody quite special to undertake something like this.
I know this is not original work but it's always good to hear Bach and company, especially on a old school mellotron.
Well, it looks like the Russians are coming. Great little album (4 tracks) that marries a bundle of genres including downtempo, lounge, and hiphop. Track 1, "Heliosheath", features hypnotic vocals over a steady slow beat. Track 2, "Hear a dog bark", is an edgy "rapped over" industrial electronic track. Track 3, "Dark Mirror", brings us back the vocalist of track 1 and that's a really good thing. Track 4, "Dasein", is my favorite track of the album. It has a clever melodic hook that keeps on giving and the vocals are just precious.
All in all, a really good EP even if I have no idea what everybody is saying.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Blend of fusion and progressive rock. It's also one of the longest title I have seen for an album (worth noting).
This album is quite freestyle, so be prepared for a boatload of notes and a frontal attack on your sensory nerves. Track 1, "Midichlorian Count", opens the album with some lyrical synthesizer playing a la progressive rock, announcing loud and clear what's to come (I like how it goes slightly bonkers about midway in.) Track 2, "A great disturbance", brings some calm into this debaucherie of notes. It's got a good amount of synthesizer pitch wheel playing, so if you like that sort of things, you're in for a treat. At some point, it kinda mutates into a mild flamenco with the exotic hand clapping patterns. Track 3, "Always two there are", has a bit of a drum n' bass influence, at least, at the beginning. It however morphes into something really strange which is probably not for the faint of heart (The number of notes increases drastically at some point. Be warned!) Track 4, "Mindful", seems to be an inner search into the mind of the track creator (It has that freestyle vibe written all over it.) Track 5, "These aren't the droids...", is probably my favorite track. Why? You may ask. Well, it has that nice soft melodic hook which keeps on giving. Track 6, "Use It", reminds of Mike Oldfield's best work when the ooh's and the aah's comes in. Hold on! Maybe that's actually my fave track of the album because I just love Mike Oldfield.
This concludes my review. I am sorry about all the clichés I have used to describe the tracks but I am afraid I just have trouble expressing myself when it comes to music (It ain't easy.)
Have you ever listened to a fusion/progressive album? Well, here's your chance right here and now. This is not really fusion as in fusion jazz, it's more rock fusion. Some of the stuff is pretty heavy with the progressive guitar playing and the lyrics delivered in a very distorted almost spoken word fashion. It's certainly on the dark side.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
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I am not sure how to describe this album. It's rock with the usual guitars and drums but it also sounds quite electronic in the delivery and the synthetic overtones. Maybe it's electronic rock?
Nice little album that's quite frugal in the arrangement department (It's not a bad thing to have just a few instruments/channels going on at the same time.) but rich in percussive rhythms and ambiance/atmosphere. Of course, it wouldn't be featured here if it didn't have nice melodies sprinkled all around.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Here's an album made by a young producer with an awesome name, Gnarly Stokes. I was kinda expecting a chiptune or dubstep album but no, it's not that at all, it's pure instrumental, chillout, easy listening stuff. The best part is that it's mostly electric guitar stuff and who doesn't like guitar instrumentals?
Track 1, "Dreamin'", is a bit underwhelming for an opening track. It's got layered electric axes that have a good sound but the melody is somewhat chaotic. Track 2, "Justin Avery", introduces some light drumming on top of the two layered guitars. This is going in the right direction. The tune is quite pleasant to listen to, very relaxing, very chill. The next tracks each feature a (lone) synthesizer to complement the electric guitar, a wise choice, I think. They (tracks 3 to 7) all sound sound good (The melody on track 7 sounds a bit random at times though.)
All in all, it's a good instrumental album. I like the simplicity of it (No tracks with gazillions of instruments.) and I really like the guitar work. I really can't say I would have liked more dynamics in the tunes because, to me at least, this is a chillout album, not a rock (or whatever) album.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Short album (5 tracks) that should satisfy the amateur of indie (new) folk pop music. Unlike most of the albums reviewed here, this one is not instrumental. No worries, this guy's voice is very nice to listen to ... unlike a lot of indie rock bands around (cheap shot!) Ok, so the vocals are good, but are the tunes worth listening. Well, yes, hell yes. The first two tracks are on the mellow side. Track 2, "Joseph", has a cool retro sounding electric organ and the guy (Parlor Voice) is not afraid to play it. Track 3, "Arc", has the same electric organ to start with but then you have a cool sounding electric guitar that comes into play and that's very satisfying. The tune is also sprinkled with some very appropriate ooh's, which without a doubt adds to its worth. Track 4, "Hospital Nights", has two layers of acoustic guitars that are soon joined by some powerful drumming which adds a good dose of drama. After a while, the electric organ surfaces again giving a feel of unity to the whole album. Track 5, "Dogwood", ups the tempo a tiny bit. Four on the floor drumming and an electric guitar as an esteemed guest. What more can one ask? Too bad, that's the last track of the album.
Very cool album with nothing to throw out. It has my seal of approval. More guitar for the next album please. Distorted if at all possible.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Here's an album that has everything I am looking for in a release: nice melodies, orchestra sounds, and distorted electric guitars. It actually reminds me of the kind of music I like to make. Unfortunately, nobody listens to it. But I digress.
Listen to the first track, "She's Gone Now", and you will get the gist of this album. If you like that track, then you will love the album (Trust me!) It's got cool melodies on all kinds of instruments. First, there's an acoustic guitar, then a bass, and then not just one piano but two. Feeling that the mix is a bit lacking, an electric guitar with a tiny bit of distortion joins the party train. Wait, there's more, a mellow trumpet chimes in to complete the instrumentation. Awesome!
I could go on and on describing each tune (Wait! That's probably what I am supposed to do but I am not getting paid for writing those reviews unlike some other blogs, so let's cut to the chase. My fave tracks in this album are plenty: "She's Gone Now", "Groovy", High Stakes" (The jazz feel is large on this one.), "Breakout" (A super downtempo jazzy track.), "Mystery Hill", "Bass" (This tune is just a bass. Cool!), "Industrial", "Oceanic Blimp", "Bitcrushed", "The Worst", "Of Blue and Gray", "Never Quite Alone" (That sweeping piano melody at the beginning is off the hook, as Guy Fieri would say.), and "Ice Cubes and Ice Creams". That's a pretty long list so here are my faves among the faves: "The Worst" and "Of Blue and Gray" (That melodic hook on the trumpet is unreal. So simple.)
I wish more people would make albums like this one, filled with melodic lines so beautiful that they give you goosebumps or make the hair in the back of the neck stand up (I love cliches.) Seriously, that's a great album and I recommend it to anyone who likes melodies in their music but hate lyrics (It's all instrumental.)
Friday, April 4, 2014
Do I like 80s synth? As 10CC would say, I don't like them, I love them. Well, when it's done right like when Neocognitron does it.
"Hyperstealth", the title track, embodies what this album is all about. It starts with a nice percussion and synthesizer loop combo. Soon, "player 2" (aka another synthesizer) joins in and grounds the tune with some well chosen low pitched chords. Of course, after a while, you need a little break before re-boarding the synthesizer train.
The standout tracks in this album are without a doubt (and according to my own me) "Optical Sensor Array" and "Hyperstealth".
Some of the tracks (I am thinking "Soul Stream Enhance" and "Accelerated Molecular Dispersion" to name them) didn't do that much for me (Nice tunes in their own right but they don't really have that "wow" effect that I am always looking for.) I used to listen to an album a lot more before spewing out a review but these days, I just don't have the time or devotion to do it. As you know, the more you listen to a tune, the more you usually like it. What I am trying to say is that if I were listen to the album a few more times, I am sure those tracks would sound a lot better (I guarantee it.)
If you want to know a lot more about Neocognitron and its philosophy about making music, check out Neocognitron's epic post on Reddit.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Here's an album release (actually, it's a soundcloud set) that's not electronic, a rare occurrence on "Super Melodic Tracks". It's good ole' Rock n'Roll with all the fixings. Word or warning: it's got vocals. The first track, "I Feel Fine", is super heavy and quite catchy (there's even an extended version on the set, a sign that's it's the super single.) It's not really a sign of things to come though as the next tracks are not as heavy. The 2nd track, "I Know", features one of those upright saloon pianos and you know right there that this guy doesn't make prepackaged music. The 3rd track, "Best Friend", is mostly acoustic guitar, another facet of Eric's music. "Great Start" is a great acoustic instrumental. It kinda reminds me of The Who's Pete Townsend, for some reason. At this point, my best advice is to listen to the album and judge for yourself.
Here's an album of bombastic electronic music that you should probably listen to. It's kinda dark, gritty but never dull. Just lend an ear to the opening track, "Nucleus", and you will know exactly what I mean. The first two tracks were made out of the same marble block. Track 3, "Stalker", is slower, darker and more industrial (maybe, it's got something to do with the title of the track). I guess I could go on dissecting the remaining tracks but I don't think there is a need to (And I'm lazy.)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Here's an album that's just how I like them. It's mostly electronic, it's got melodies (chord progression galore), and it's kinda raw (as in, rough around the edges). Bonus: there's a track with vocals ("see right through you"). Level-up: there's a track with a vocoder ("the pulse"). Great album! If it had a little bit more punch in the mix, it would be a super great album, a rare occurrence.
I guess I could go through each track and put down some verbose about it, but the more I think about it, the less it makes sense. I've done it before and quite frankly, I don't think anybody gives a hoot or two. From now on, my reviews are gonna be on the very short side, well, unless somebody wants to read what I have to say, which is quite doubtful.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
This is an album that was submitted to These Are Our Albums, a place where you can share your albums with the reddit community, well, at least, the community that has subscribed to the aforementioned subreddit. Now, quite a few albums get submitted on that thing and finding an album that fits "Super Melodic Tracks" is a bit of a challenge, to say the least. Well, this album fits the bill rather nicely, I think.
I am just gonna talk about my favorite tracks below because I've got less and less time to write about the music I listen, and I am not very good at describing it, to be honest. Of course, the plan could derail if most the tracks are awesome, which is always a possibility.
"Concrete Colors" has a slow ambient start but quickly evolves into a fast paced tune with a nice little melodic hook. At some point, a distorted (bitcrushed?) synthesizer comes in and that elevates the tune to the next level. Another lead synthesizer comes in right after but this one is a bit on the cheesy side and that brings the level down a bit (Just kidding.)
"Here Comes The Rain" is the quintessential idm tune. It has the heavily processed rhythmic section and a sweet melody on top. I don't think you can ask for more, can you? A great tune.
"Knots and Numbers" starts with an acoustic guitar and a female voice but that quickly mutates into something else ... after the drop. You've got some nice slow moving chord changes, which are always satisfying, but no melodic counterpoint on this one (Not a critic.)
"Appleknocker" again has the slow chord changes but, this time, you have the super cool melody floating above (on acoustic guitar accompanied later on by a bell sounding synthesizer). Awesome track!
"Medium Lesions". You know how you can tell a tune is gonna be great just by listening to the first bars. This has the 80s written all over it and it pulls you in right away with the fast tempo and the old school drumming. When the (really) fast moving lead synthesizer comes in, well, it all comes together.
This album is a mix of fast moving idm, ambient, and downtempo (moody) tracks. The slow stuff mostly aggregates in the second part of the album. It's definitely got the goods, you know, the melodies, at the very least, in the first part of the album.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Here's an album of electronic music of the house variety for your consideration. Well, it starts that way anyway.
"Missing Time" starts with a slow moving melody featuring your favorite synthesizer, rapidly enhanced by a heavy four on the floor beat and a quite pleasing piano melody. At some point, the tune slows down and follows an other musical path, always a good thing in my book. "Insignificance" takes the beat deeper into the world of dance music. It has a sweet melody floating above the pumping beat. The beginning of "End Of The Rope" kinda reminded me of a Def Leppard tune, for some reason. It's a lovely track as the melody is quite awesome. This is my favorite track of the album especially when the parts with the electric guitar. "Missing Time" has some heavy offbeat drumming ("I Will Never Know" had some too). It sure brings variety to the album although I am not a fan of this particular track. "The Turning Point" is a bit different tune since it is dominated by the electric guitar. Again, it brings diversity to the album. I especially like when it gets really heavy with the distorted metal guitar. It seems the album completely evolves starting with that track, going into real cool musical places. This track and the rest of the album are quite different from the first few tracks. No more hyper fast dance stuff. "I'm Sorry" is a lovely track with a cool melody. It's kinda happy go lucky. The album closes with "Tremble", a tune that starts with an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, and what sounds like a flute. It's one those epic progressive tracks that seem to go on forever. Here, it's a good thing.
I kinda got fooled by this album as I really thought it was just another electronic house release. This album is much more than that.
That's an electronic music release I had seen on Reddit quite some time ago and had saved but never found the time to do a proper review. Well, here it goes.
The album opens with "Haze (ft. Broke)". I've gotta say this track is heavy on the bass drum, not a bad thing. I feel the singer's voice is a bit off in some places and doesn't quite fit with the tune. At some point, heavy distorted guitars show up for an industrial feel and then the tune is done. The mood completely changes with the second track, "Time Below", a nice melodic piece. "Happens Outside", the next track, features some nice rhythmic percussion work and a nice buildup. "Happens Outside" features an organ, some strings and an electric piano/bass combo. It's the classic electronic downtempo tune with the old school electronic drum box, a slow moving synthesizer and a high pitched piano for the melody. "Standing Still" starts with a nice melodic motif on the synthesizer followed by a melody on the grand piano (I think some of the sounds clash here and there with another synthesizer comes up). "Hollow Way" has a nice happy go lucky vibe to it with what appears a little bit of bit crushing for good measure. Cute! The closing track, "Corflection", has a nice dual melody, one slow moving on the low pitched synthesizer (sounds a lot like the Ben E. King tune "Stand By Me") and a faster one on the piano in the higher registers that acts as a nice counterpoint. Nicely done!
This is a really good electronic music release. It's got the heavy drumming of electronic music, the synthesizers, and all kinds of great melodies.
This is an album of mostly four on the floor old school and not too complicated disco/house electronic music. I kinda like that stuff.
The first track, "Not Over", sets the tone with a nice little melodic hook amidst a classic house beat with the always welcome hand clapping. The next track, "Runaway", is pretty much a mirror of the first track but with a different hook. Sounds good so far. The remaining tracks are pretty much in the same vein, equally good. A welcome break to the house train is given by "Innocence", a nice slower and more restrained tune. The closing track, "Life Is Short", starts mellow but rapidly brings back the heavy beat to conclude the album (watch out for the grating high pitched synthesizer though).
Something a little bit different on "Super Melodic Tracks". I was a bit hesitant to put it on here because some of the tracks are not that melodic (more exactly, the melodies are not that memorable) but the craftiness of the cuts and the chameleon qualities of the lead singer made me reconsider. The genre is probably indie folk but it's not the kind with the nylon string guitar and the cute chords, this has electric guitars (not enough, in my opinion) a la progressive rock and, lo and behold, a good dose of Hammond organ. I think it should be called "progressive folk" or something like that.
The first two tracks, "Surreal" and "Cathedral", kinda give you a good idea of what to expect. "Surreal" sounds strangely familiar in some places. The distant guitar solo near the end followed by what seems like a strange lullaby is a nice surprise for anyone that likes dynamic tunes. The vocalist is clearly leading the way and she's not afraid of going in all kinds of places. "Cathedral" is of the same vein. One can perhaps sense some kind of Eastern influence. The electric guitar is a bit on the back burner, maybe by fear of taking too much attention away from the vocals.
I had to do a double take ear-wise when "We Won't Say Goodbye" came up on the digital turntable as the singer seemed to have mutated into Kate Bush, a hero of mine. It's a great track with a nice bridge and a slight change of direction in the tune afterwards. Also, it's got harpsichord.
"Those Who Leave" has that nice progressive rock sound to it. Got to say I wish there were more tracks like that in the album. Didn't really like the additional voice and the seemingly out of place high pitched instrument that comes later in the tune though.
These are my favourite tracks, which is why I talk, albeit briefly, about them.
I feel this album is pretty solid, easy listening and never dull. I particularly appreciate the fact that the tracks have lives of their own, going in all kinds of different directions, something you often see/hear in the best of progressive rock (I am not going say Rush).