Plays the Music of Twin Peaks ALBUM REVIEW

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When people discuss the works of David Lynch, they tend to focus on the surrealist nature of his storytelling, the dream-like rigidity of his actors’ delivery, and the complexity and originality of a story that, at the hands of another director, could have meandered as a blandly straightforward, tired tale of exploring human emotions. And as great as his idiosyncrasies are, most notably his unnatural focus of soap opera stylizations, Lynch has consistently shown that the music of his works is just as important to the story, if not more so. The modality of his use of songs, the way they precede a character’s revelation or underline the culminating climax, working as not just another element of film but instead as a facet as deeply important as the characters themselves, is something that cannot be ignored. And much like Eraserhead’s “In Heaven” or Mulholland Dr.’s “Llorando”, the music of Twin Peaks is saturated in brash emotionality and theatricalities, the kind that in any other setting, with any other visionary, would never feel so naturalistic. Continue reading “Plays the Music of Twin Peaks ALBUM REVIEW”

Sleep Cycle ALBUM REVIEW

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Josh “Deakin” Dibb is probably the least well-known member of Animal Collective. With vocals being almost completely dominated by bandmates Avey Tare and Panda Bear, the creation of the soundscapes and samples contributed mostly by Geologist, Deakin’s subtle guitar melodies and intricacies fade into the background, shrouded by his fellow musicians’ more obvious additions. He was absent on the band’s most popular and revered album, and his return to the band marked a supposedly significant tailspin in quality. Continue reading “Sleep Cycle ALBUM REVIEW”

Weezer (The White Album) ALBUM REVIEW

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Consistency from Weezer nowadays, some twenty years into their career, is much like the oceanic tides that inspired their fourth self-titled venture, The White Album. Although strong like a wave when riding their catchy singles, the band’s output post-2005 has become more or less collections of washy filler arranged around a handful of memorable tracks, to varying degrees over the years  (remember Raditude?). It seems like a long time since Weezer has released an album cohesive enough to warrant replays in full, but luckily The White Album comes very close, the band finally reembracing the sincerity of their classic records. While it’s not perfect, White-era Weezer is simply the best this band has sounded in years. Continue reading “Weezer (The White Album) ALBUM REVIEW”

Full Circle ALBUM REVIEW

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Modern culture is a complex system that shapes our perceptions of social situations, over-arching media, and relationships. It informs and acts as the gatekeeper to help people learn how to act in social situations and allows them to look deep within themselves and search for inner peace. These issues vary across listeners, which explains the diversity of genres and sub-genres, as people indulge in whatever feels right. Spanning all of these varieties, the message stays the same: there are others who feel the same way you do. This emotional connectivity offers the feeling of escape for the listener through challenging them to attack their burdens head on. Continue reading “Full Circle ALBUM REVIEW”

The Landmark – cLOUDDEAD

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In the late 80’s and early 90’s, gangsta rap was finding its footing as a specialized, abrasive take on the hip-hop leitmotif. And when you look at the most popular and influential outputs of that era, albums like The Infamous or Quik Is the Name, you begin to notice recurring elements. Yes, the lyricism features a central focus of illegality and violence, but the beats they used to propel their verses were smooth and soulful, sometimes jazzy, a product of the samples that were available at the time. There was no option to create bass lines whose resonance could shatter windows or blow out speakers, and any tinge of airiness was often made with 70’s R&B vocalizations, string sections, and orchestral sampling. But a decade later, the pendulum of makeshift sonic adaptations had swung far from gangsta rap and had hit the softer, hazier glow of hip-hop, a subgenre that’s now penned, “cloud rap”. And though they may not have known it, Doseone, Why?, and Odd Nosdam, collectively known as cLOUDDEAD, would become the pioneers of the experimental cloud rap sound. Continue reading “The Landmark – cLOUDDEAD”