Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tycho – Division

My brother introduced me to Tycho but the album Dive just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. It’s ambient electronica sound just reminded me of the soundtrack to The Sims, it’s relaxing sure but doesn’t exactly invoke anything in me (which I know is the point of Tycho’s music) but nothing from this album was memorable for me. Then when I realised that I had to read a ton of books for school and that music with lyrics were too distracting, I gave Tycho another go and listened to his next album Awake and it was a direction that I could get on board with. There were post-rock moments in Awake that were much more engaging and interesting for me. It seems that Tycho is going to continue in this direction with this track ‘Division’. The track is dynamic with some serious drum beats and outstanding synths accompanied with scintillating guitar lines. All that and with just a touch of an edge. Doesn’t harsh your mellow, but doesn’t just fall into the background either.

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On My Loop: Car Seat Headrest – TheDrum & Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me

Almost everybody has been gushing over Car Seat Headrest’s latest album  Teens of Denial and I was stoked to have something new to listen to. Will Toledo, the brains behind it all, has released at least a dozen albums which amazes me because I can barely even write nursery rhyme. Teens of Denial was the album praised to the high heavens but somehow I was just more inclined to check out the album prior to it, Teens of Style. The single off of that album ‘Something Soon’ is an amazing track that’s full with the feeling of exasperation and frustration. I’ve never found a lyric more relatable than I want to kick my dad in the shins because I seriously do (seriously). But ‘The Drum’ is the track that caught my attention because even though it might initially sound flat and detached, it feels almost confessional to me, kind of a reflection of some sort of problematic behaviour that all of us have probably displayed. But I have been repeating the bridge this is our lifetime and I am his creator, a young man slowly pulled apart by separate pulls of gravity for a pretty long time and is it possible to interpret since it came to him in a dream?

And ooh wee is Angel Olsen’s new track a fantastic one. Her album Burn Your Fire for No Witness had me smitten, it was a solid indie rock, lo-fi album with solid tracks. ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ is a bold step up from her previous album, elevating her sound that’s a perfect mix of sentimentality and attitude. I love it.

 

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