Moth ALBUM REVIEW

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During the Industrial Revolution, when cities like Manchester and Birmingham were covered in a shroud of soot, the morphology of the moths living within the area changed. The typical moths found, seen peppered with white, had adapted to the dirty urban landscape until they could survive as a totally new species. The existence of living under a blanket of brand new influences is one Chairlift is not stranger to. Consistently adapting colorful nostalgic amenities to a pop nuclei has been a staple to their outfit for the better part of a decade. And now the sounds of the city are employed on their third LP, aptly titled Moth. The synth pop duo consisting of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly has always had a knack for masking a sense of nostalgia rooted into their pop, while never forfeiting modern recording technique. Hooks shimmer with unabashed shine and Polachek’s vocals often erupt with unexpectedly charming passion. Does You Inspire You and Something often feel like peeks into the future from viewers in the past. But Moth is the sound of the band creating an ideal future without ever leaving their influences. Continue reading “Moth ALBUM REVIEW”

Third Law ALBUM REVIEW

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Why do the monoliths hold such power? They apparently propelled evolution onto the right course that landed us here. They invoke a response that usually pushes its observer closer. They’re seen floating around space, evidently aimlessly, and they’ve been spotted standing upright on surfaces of barren landscapes. They hold a lot of significance, probably more than could be guessed. But what do they represent, and what put them where they’re found? Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey certainly doesn’t provide many answers, but it does give enough visual stimulation to point us into some kind of direction. And it’s that slight nudge onto the course for answers that gives the film momentum, amplifying it further, far beyond the exceptional display of colors and effects that it is. Continue reading “Third Law ALBUM REVIEW”

Kanye West – “No More Parties in LA” TRACK REVIEW

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Revisiting the albums Kanye West released before his mother died is reminiscent of looking through childhood yearbooks. Every artistic phase and every triumph is met with a glow of nostalgia. Whether it’s the eye-rolling “The New Workout Plan” or the heartwarming “Hey Mama” or the stylish “Flashing Lights”, the songs from the trio of albums that started Kanye’s career connect on a familial level. And with the continuing of the G.O.O.D. Friday program, Kanye seems to be progressing further into his past. “Real Friends” bridged the gap between the forward thinking hip-hop icon the public viewed him as with a simple piano loop and more down to earth lyrics, but with the release of “No More Parties in LA”, the gap between the Kanye from Late Registration and the Kanye of today has been erased. Continue reading “Kanye West – “No More Parties in LA” TRACK REVIEW”

Blackstar ALBUM REVIEW

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There’s a man sitting alone in a dimly lit corner of a room, left barren by his own sense of self-satisfaction. He momentarily feels life’s peaks, yet his comedowns are marked by nothing but loathsome regret. His possessions dwindle as the days go on. His highs get lower with every journey, but the need to go on the journey grows more inescapable. As he drives the stake into his arm for the umpteenth time, the dirty room fades around him. The walls dissipate and the empty blackness of the void surrounds him. The glow of the stars comfortingly blinds him as the burden of his own weight is lifted away. The airy guitar and drums tiptoe into his void, accompanying his emptiness with momentum and force. Horns creep into his world, pulsating every returning rush that washes over his body in a wave of euphoria. The horns grow more sporadic, the drums less stable. The high is ending, the journey nearly over. The man prepares his next dose, ready to return to the stars as Major Tom. Continue reading “Blackstar ALBUM REVIEW”