Track Reviews

Holy Wars – Back to Life

Holy Wars’ frontwoman Kat Leon has transformed personal tragedy into artistic creation. After the loss of both parents in 2015, grief engulfed Leon and she took time off from music to mourn. Months later, journal entries and snippets of melodies began to emerge through the healing process, and Leon began to write songs, only this time with bare emotions and upfront exteriors. Come 2017, the brew of saddness, isolation, life and death, and rebirth resulted in Holy Wars. Nick Perez, collaborator with Leon in their previous project Sad Robot, regrouped with Leon to act as Holy Wars' producer.

Taffy Trouble – “Backseat Driver”

Your first obsession of 2016 has arrived. London-based electro-pop duo Taffy Trouble, comprised of longtime friends Alex and Ella, is the latest act that you’re gonna wanna know before anyone else. Their Facebook lists John Waters and Lil Kim as their influences and that should be enough to perk up your ears.

Introducing: XOV – “DTTM (Don’t Talk to Me)”

Damian Ardestani — as he’s known as when he’s not the next big thing in music — may have been raised in Sweden, the holy mecca of pop music, but he grew up in the Tensta, one of the most dangerous places to live in the country. However, it’s from those experience where he draws the emotions he places in his art on songs like “Lucifer” and “Blood Honey, ” both taken from his Lucifer EP which dropped earlier this year and is available to listen to here.

Track Review: Jake McMullen – Always

Everyone has that one movie that they love to cry to. That one movie that relates to something you have just experienced, so you watch it just to get in touch with these emotions. “Always” by Jake McMullen has a similar effect emotionally, but instead of sharing emotions with you, he seems to explain to you how you’re feeling. Although his music is mainly acoustic guitar, the guitar is rich and carries a lot of depth.

Track Review: Exit Earth – Sabrina

A solid post rock track, “Sabrina” is part Mac DeMarco jangly shoegaze and part Pity Sex post rock, melding together to form a sound that can perhaps best be described as a significantly less angry Nirvana (although certainly just as angsty). This can also be heard in the often repeated lines “I lost my mind again” and “I’m freaking out, ” which is a clever tool to use here since there’s not much else to do when you’re losing your mind other than say it over and over again until you’ve figured out what to do about it.

Track Review: Spencer Radcliffe – MIA

Now, the multi-instrumentalist is gearing up to release his first full-length album with Run For Cover Records. Entitled Looking In, the album is not set to be released until October 2. Luckily, we’ve managed to get a glimpse of what to expect through his first single, “Mia.”

Track Review: Beach House – Sparks

Beach House is, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scully, a band from Baltimore, Maryland and they are in clear control of the California Beach House vibe, get it? This song “Sparks” is in consistent style with their commonalities as an artist and band, spacey, vibrant melodic tones. Sparks is a journey in of itself.