Album Review: Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

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Artist: Tame Impala

Album: The Slow Rush

Genre: Psychedelic Pop/Electronic/Disco

Label: Island Records

Rating: 7/10

It seems as if “Tame Impala” have had acclaim from the start. Lead by sole member Kevin Parker who composes and arranges the majority of the music, “Tame Impala” has been an inescapable name in both the “Indie Rock” world and the “Pop” world, but what “Tame Impala” once was is not entirely the same as what “Tame Impala” is now, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Kevin Parker we knew back during the time of the Psychedelic-heavy Innerspeaker, and the vulnerable Kevin Parker we knew on the introspective Lonerism, an album that was a voice for the lonely and those whom suffer from society’s misguided view on introversion is now a new Kevin Parker, but he hasn’t abandoned introspection and vulnerability. In fact, the majority of the tracks on his new album The Slow Rush are incredibly introspective with lyrical themes heavy on existentialism and nostalgia, but at this point in time it sounds like Parker is instrumentally more concerned with making us dance, trading in the LSD-soaked Psychedelia and fuzzy guitars of his early work for lush synths and Electro-Pop melodies drawing from Funk, Disco, and Synth-Pop. Very much like what he was doing on his previous album Currents, and there lies the good and bad of The Slow Rush. Not much has changed on this album, which prompts one to believe that Parker is either playing it safe, or truly isn’t finished experimenting with this sound but isn’t reaching anything that is breaking new ground. Though both albums are cut from the same cloth, The Slow Rush isn’t without it’s gems. The opening track “One More Year” is a message to the fear of life becoming stagnant, “Breathe Deeper” is a lush and sexy banger with a refrain that will stick in your head for days, and “It Might Be Time” features a surprising contrast of joyful instrumentation and existentialist lyrics. However, a lot of these tracks sound like Currents throwaways and don’t quite deliver anything memorable or anything that keeps them from being disposable. That isn’t to say this album isn’t a smooth listen though, because when this album shines, it SHINES, and much of it is cohesive, but I feel like the next “Tame Impala” album needs to be vastly different, or Parker needs to hone this style and create an album with consistent replay value.

Written By: Steven Sandoval 

 

 

The Strokes Share New Song “Bad Decisions”

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It’s really happening! “The Strokes” are back. Set to release their new album The New Abnormal on April 10th, the band have released another track off the upcoming album titled “Bad Decisions,” and it’s sure to satisfy fans and those who weren’t the biggest fans of their previous single “At the Door.” The track has an 80’s influence, even so much that Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” comes to mind upon hearing it. You can watch the 70’s inspired music video for “Bad Decisions” below:

 

CMON Announce New Album, Share New Song “Zoo”

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Formed in New York, and now based in Los Angeles, duo CMON (Confusing Mix of Nations) have been making a name for themselves with their undeniably infectious music that is both dance floor ready and guitar-driven with shades of the finest elements of Shoegaze and Post-Punk. The band have recently signed to “Mexican Summer,” and are now set to release their debut self-titled album on April 3rd. Following their single “Coo,” which will appear on the upcoming album, the band have shared another new track off the album titled “Zoo.” You can listen to it below:

Sorry Share New Single “More,” Unveil Release Date for New Album “925”

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After much anticipation and patience patience patience, we now have a release date to look forward to for “Sorry’s” upcoming debut album 925. The album will be released on March 27th via “Domino Records.” Today the band have shared a new single titled “More,” and just like their previous singles it’s a catchy tune that finds the band refusing to compromise their lyrically honest and inward looking sound that frequently genre bends. You can watch the music video for “More” below:

Tame Impala Share New Single “Lost In Yesterday”

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Tame Impala are set to release their long-awaited album The Slow Rush on February 14th. Today the band released another new track off the upcoming album titled “Lost In Yesterday,” and much like their previous singles the track is a groovy laid-back jam that doesn’t exactly break new ground, but is easy on the ears and is as moody as it is danceable. You can listen to “Lost In Yesterday” below:

Sorry Share New Song “Right Round the Clock,” Announce New Album “925”

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The wait will end next Spring. In Spring 2020 we’ll finally get a full-length album from U.K. band “Sorry,” a band that have been making waves in the music world for the past few years with their sharp Rock? Pop? Post-Punk? Honestly they’re their own genre, and many have been itching for a full-length album, well… today we’ve been blessed with great news. The band will release their debut album 925 in Spring 2020. Today the band released the album’s lead single “Right Round the Clock,” and it’s a fun track with an interpolation of a song that will be recognizable for “Tears for Fears” fans. You can watch the video for “Right Round the Clock” below:

Album Review: Socks and Ballerinas – Soap!

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Artist: Socks and Ballerinas

Album: Soap!

Genre: Math Rock/Instrumental/Progressive Rock

Rating: 7/10

In a music world where artists emphasize sentiment and critics praise only those who strive to innovate, people have forgotten how to have fun once in awhile, but Helsinki, Finland based band “Socks and Ballerinas” haven’t forgotten what it means to make fun music to dance to. However, dancing to their music can be a difficult task, because their knack for creating odd “Math Rock” inspired instrumentation is far from the norm. Not much is known about the band. Their “Bandcamp” and social media profiles feature brief descriptions and very little background, which is odd because their music is technically skilled and quite impressive. What we do have is their new album Soap! The music definitely reflects the absurd nature of their name with wacky and zany melodies and irregular time signatures that can be frustrating for those who want consistent rhythmic structure. The drums are sharp and fast-paced, and the constant use of loop pedals gives the illusion that you’re hearing a five-member band, and there’s only two members! Soap! is an album that gives you a live experience without having to leave your house. It’s fun instrumental music that is as complex as it is accessibly catchy.

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https://socksandballerinas.bandcamp.com/releases

Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: 09/24/19

Ganser Announce New E.P. “You Must Be New Here,” Share New Song “Buio”

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Post-Punk band “Ganser” will release a new E.P. titled You Must Be New Here on November 8th. This will follow their stellar debut album Odd Talk which was released last year. The band previously released a single titled “Bad Form,” and they recently appeared at “Riot Fest” in Chicago, and now it’s looking like the band won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Today the band have shared a new song off the upcoming E.P. titled “Buio” which is accompanied by a music video featuring actress Caitlin Ewald. In the video Ewald sits at a dinner table with cake and wine. She proceeds to mash her fingers in the cake while the others at the table seem to be ignoring her. This could represent the idea of an outsider being overwhelmed having to endure fast-paced social interaction, but Ewald lets her self go by not repressing her impulse to…. well, mash her fingers in cake and chug wine, and she does it without a care in the world. About the song, the band describe it as an “intuitive song about the relationship between author and audience.” You can always rely on “Ganser” to provoke thought with intelligent and introspective content. You can watch the music video for “Buio” below:

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Angel Olsen Shares New Song “Lark”

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Following her angelic single “All Mirrors,” Angel Olsen has shared another new track off her upcoming album titled “Lark,” and much like “All Mirrors” this song is a tearjerker with a gorgeous ethereal buildup and cinematic string arrangements. About the song Olsen says “Lark” is a song that took many years to finish. The disjointed feelings and verses of this song began to make sense as a way for me to exercise a kind of journey through grieving, a kind of personal struggle. The message of the song developed at first from an argument I once had with someone about trust and support. Later, I pulled from recurring themes in my life as a musician and as a human that dreams for a living. It’s easy to promise the world to those we love, but what about when our dreams change and values split? Olsen’s new album All Mirrors will be released on October 4th. You can watch the music video for “Lark” below: