melodic

Artist: 
Big Wild
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

I've been obsessed with the song "Invincible," for weeks, so I was very excited when I found out that this EP had come out. Big Wild is on Odesza's label Foreign Family, so their music already kind of comes with its own seal of approval. You can expect catchy, melodic buildups that turn into anthemic EDM songs. I was very surprised when I found out that this is Big Wild's first non-single release, even if it is just an EP.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Odesza
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017

Hum

Artist: 
Eerie Wanda
Label: 
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

When picking up this album, I thought it would be some weird, creepy-sounding music, given the band's name, but Hum is anything but dark. Eerie Wanda's lead vocalist, Marina Tadic, has such a sweet, near-ethereal and enchanting voice that suits this album perfectly. Just her voice alone makes me want to fall in love with her; she could soothe me to sleep. This is a release full of chill-vibes and fun melodies; versatile and perfect for a myraid of listening opportunities: romantic date night, lounging around, to hanging out on a sunny day at the park.

Sounds Like: 
Lionlimb
Sounds Like: 
Santa Fe
Name: 
Sean Li Wong
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2016
Artist: 
Frankie Cosmos
Label: 
Bayonet Records

Frankie Cosmos mixes ambient electronic music with poetic and sometimes nonsequitor lyrics. Fit Me In is super relaxed and spacey. The tracks are all very slow with drawn out notes, creating a dreamlike quality. The instrumental and vocals mix well with matched notes and complimentary timing. Each of the songs are pretty short; the entire EP comes out to about seven and a half minutes.

Sounds Like: 
Colleen Green
Sounds Like: 
Chastity Belt
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2015
Artist: 
Young Thug
Label: 
300 Entertainment/Alt

In the words of our lord and savior Future, this mixtape was "sensational." Young Thug follows the popular Slime Season with the sequel, Slime Season 2 and it does not disappoint. Thug uses some very trill beats you know and the lyrics he uses compliment them very well. This is the first type of music I had ever heard from Thug aside from his verse in Lifestlye. I never gave him a chance until now and I am sure as glad I did. I was playing myself by not listening to him and shoutsout to Dreezy for telling me to play SL2 when we were watching the Royals.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Wayneish
Name: 
Dylan Wallengren
Date Reviewed: 
11/18/2015
Artist: 
cellar and point
Label: 
Cuneiform
Sounds Like: 
Pixel
Sounds Like: 
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Sounds Like: 
Dylan Ryan / Sand
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
03/02/2015
Artist: 
Aroara
Label: 
Club Roll Music

I don't really know what to say about this album. It's got nice melodies, created on instruments I have no idea what they are. The voices sound nice, but the lyrics are nearly unintelligible. I'm not sure what they're saying, but it sounds alright. It's unlike anything I've ever heard before and I have no idea what I'm going to put for the 'sounds like' section. I'm guessing this is what music sounds like in Canada? (that's where they're from).

Sounds Like: 
Her voice sounds like a higher pitched Lana del Rey
Sounds Like: 
Most of the weather on Welcome to Night Vale
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2014
Artist: 
Little Daylight
Label: 
Capitol Records

Little Daylight's debut album Hello Memory is titled appropriately because it beckons back to music you may have heard in the past while putting an entirely new spin on it. It is similar to the way your memories get distorted and disjointed over time. You will feel like you have heard Little Daylight before as it is very much in the vain of much of the indie alt music that gets put out today. the vocalist has a pleasing and happy voice that makes each song a pleasure to hear. The closest comparison I can think of is a happier Metric.

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
Matt & Kim
Sounds Like: 
Atlas Genius
Name: 
Max Rodriguez
Date Reviewed: 
10/15/2014
Artist: 
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Label: 
Todo Mundo & 4AD

DREAM TEAM. DREAM TEAM. DREAM TEAM. First, let us discuss the fact that both St. Vincent and Byrne are fantastic artists solo, but put them together and get ready for the best thing your ears have heard since, well, since St. Vincent’s last album Strange Mercy. The album is a mixture of jazzy brass sound and haunting vocals that sings sweetly through all 12 tracks. Their collaboration is an interesting one as in
sometimes Byrne really takes the reins on one track and the others; Annie Clark shines like ANGEL WINGS. It’s just good. That’s all I can say.

Sounds Like: 
St. Vincent
Name: 
Catherine Radachi
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2012
Artist: 
Revolution Renaissance
Label: 
Napalm Records

Revolution Renaissance isn't really leading any type of revolution at all. They are a very typical Power/Finnish Metal band. Trinity was the third and final album, because the band broke up after it was released. Not to say that it was a bad album, there was just issues within the band.  They have some high-pitched, so clean and epic sounding vocals. To accompany great vocals there is some shredding solos. Most of their songs have a similar feel to it except a few. I really liked "Dream Child" its a slow ballad, but its worth listening to.

Sounds Like: 
Stratovarius
Sounds Like: 
Timo Tolkki
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2011
Artist: 
Darkest Hour
Label: 
eOne Music

With this third CD by Darkest Hour in 4 years, the band has progressed and become more refined, but I don’t enjoy this CD as much as their first—something similar could be said about their second CD.  While I do like this one more than the second CD, the band still does have the same driving guitar riffs, scratchy vocals and intense drum work as they always have had.  However, the band seems to be lacking some of the catchier guitar riffs.  They maintain a strong solo presence in their songs, but it doesn’t stick with m

Sounds Like: 
Shadows Fal
Sounds Like: 
As I Lay Dying
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2011
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