Saturday, July 19, 2014

Parties With Tina by Bachelor

Very cool synth/poop album reminiscent of the best 80s British acts.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dusk by James Klassen

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

Eagle Morning by Afterline

It is pretty rare to have non-instrumental albums featured on SMT (Super Melodic Track) but I couldn't pass on this EP and not mention it. This is indie alternative pop/rock at its best. Too bad there are only 4 tracks to listen to.

New Metal From Old Boxes by Jason Rubenstein

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.

Phoenotopia OST by sillythewilly and Raoul Hamilton

This an album of music made for a video game. No, not the chiptune kind. It's very Zelda like.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Fistful of Crockery by Rival Tag

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

The Black Box by aivi & surasshu

This is a cross between lounge piano music and chiptune. I think it could probably be the soundtrack to some anime cartoon. Wait! It probably is, eheh.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Visions of Victoria by Liance

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.