Hello loyal readers. It’s been a while since I’ve done a prime slice with summer recess and all, so I’m going to do my best to fill you in on what you may have been missing.
The Arkadian – The Arkadian – EP (Video Game Rock)
This one comes from a BIRN alumnus, Jon O’Neal. If you listen to heavy metal and think, “yeah cool but it needs more video game references”, this is the album for you. There are no shortage of riffs and licks on this 4 song EP, which touches on everything from Mario Kart to the Atari game system.
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen (Experimental R&B)
Childqueen is an album that is cinematic and virtuosic, but stays away from showing off. Despite the experimental production and lush instrumentation, the focus is on Kadhja’s unique songwriting and artistic voice. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks”
Middle Kids – Lost Friends – (Pop Rock)
I decided to listen to this album for the sole fact that I thought the album cover was cool, and thank god I did. This trio has a sound like a tidal wave that hits you at the chorus every time. Filled with reverb and a wall of instruments, this LP feels incredibly big. The bands personal lives come out a lot throughout, whether it’s upbeat or slow. They talk about old friends and experiences they had in they’re youth with a theme that says they have unfinished business. The songs are catchy and full of interesting riffs and melodies. A great summer album no less.
Favorite tracks: Mistake, Bought It, Edge of Town, On My Knees
Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (5/1-5/7): Middle Kids, Lucy Dacus”
Amber Mark– Conexão (R&B)
Conexão does what an EP is supposed to do. It hooked me right from the start, delivered four excellently catchy and groovy tracks, and left me wanting more. The production is simple and sparse, letting Amber Mark’s catchy and powerful vocals shine and highlighting the ingenious songwriting. This EP is about to introduce Amber Mark to the spotlight.
Favorite Tracks: Love Me Right, All The Work
Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/29-5/6): Amber Mark, La Luz”
Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden // indie folk
I Need to Start a Garden feels like a private acoustic set performed in someones living room. The guitar picking is beautiful in its simplicity, accompanied with minimal percussion and soft,thoughtfully quaint lyrics. Each track is reminiscent of the last and an allusion to the next. You can read Haley;s facial expressions through her deliberate, yet organic inflections. My favorite track is probably #2; The Bug Collector, with lyrics like “theres a praying mantis prancing on your bathtub/and you swear its a priest from a past life out to get you”.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/23-4/29): Haley Heynderickx, Donovan Woods”
This week was sadly a bit of a drag. On Tuesday, out of 20 artists, I added 2 songs. All of these artists submitting full albums by the way. Needless to say it was a slow one. Today however I did a big review on Traveller’s debut album “Western Movies,” which was definitely a prime slice, but I won’t include it here. I do however have two singles I’d like to share.
Postdata – Evil [Single] (Indie Rock)
Coming from the brain of Paul Murphy, (frontman of Wintersleep) is a new single from his project Postdata. The single is off an upcoming 10 song LP called “Let’s Be Wilderness.” Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/24 – 4/29): Postdata, Hana Vu”
Tancred – Night Stand (Pop Rock)
Disclaimer: this album hasn’t actually come out yet, but two singles have! The album comes out on June 1st and I’m very excited to listen to it. The first single (“Queen of New York”) is a catchy song about falling in love with someone whom you admire more than anyone else. The second (“Reviews”) to me is a song about trying to follow your own path as an artist without letting the public make you think the music you want to make is unworthy. So far this LP is honest and is embracing the fact that Tancred is not the same artist she was on her first release. Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/17 – 4/22): Tancred, Lawn”
Leyya – Sauna (Trip-Hop)
Leyya is an Austrian duo comprised of Sophie Lindinger (synthesizer, vocals) & Marco Kleebauer (synthesizer, guitar). This album is definitely one of a kind for me in the sense that I’m not a big fan of electronic music and I love this album. The thing though is that it’s more than the genre suggests. The Instrumentation is extremely well thought out and it sounds rich. The record consists of a nice mix of songs to dance to and songs to relax to. There’s also a very psychedelic element that is almost similar to Tame Impala. One of my favorites this year so far. Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices of The Week (4/10-4/15): Leyya, Dude York”
Polish Club – Beeping/Able // rock&roll soul punk
With only two members, Polish Club takes up an enormous amount of space with this latest two-track release. Novak’s vocals are energetic to say the least – his performance of the song can almost be heard in the recording of “Beeping”. The duo, John Henry and Novak, seem to spend a lot of time on dynamics in order to keep the songs full and interesting. It can be hard to sound complete with only drums and guitar, but Polish Club has truly mastered their sound and are clearly strong enough musicians to carry that classic, soul-infused rock sound. Its loud and intense, but its played from the heart in a way thats hard to ignore.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/1-4/8): Polish Club, French Kiwi Juice”
Thirdstory – Cold Heart // soulful pop
The harmonies on Cold Heart are flawless and should be incentive enough to give this album a listen (specifically check out “On and On” to get a glimpse of the perfection). Thirdstory consists of three members from NYC; Ben Lusher, Richard Saunders, and Elliot Skinner. Since gaining a substantial following on YouTube, and then releasing their first EP, Searching, in 2017, Thirdstory was able to show their live performance chops with Chance the Rapper on his 2017 tour. With the release of this debut LP, the trio will soon begin their own tour all over the country. Cold Heart is polished, but wildly organic, overflowing with soulful vocals and smooth bass lines. Give it a listen and don’t let these guys slip from your memory – they’re only just beginning.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/25-4/1): Thirdstory, Demo Taped, Frankie Cosmos”
Gundelach – Baltus // electro pop
Baltus is Gundelach’s very first full length album, and I hope it wont be his last. Although it is easy to hear the 80s synth-pop influences, Gundelach’s sound can also be comparable to more modern artists like James Blake or Sylvan Esso. The lyrics hit hard, with lines like “you don’t know how it feels to be alone” in Control (track 4) echoing among distant synthesizers and a steady, yet intricate beat. This line seems to mirror the theme that runs throughout the entire album; loneliness. Gundelach’s vocals are silky smooth on top of his simple arrangements, and blend with ease together with ARY on tracks 6 and 8. Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/11-3/18): Gundelach, Meernaa”