Curtis’s Prime Slices (9/11 – 9/18): Skegss, Charles Bradley

      Skegss – My Own Mess (Indie Garage Rock)

This being Skegss first full length album, it’s impressive to hear such catchy and energetic songs throughout the release. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, the trio have been playing together since 2013 and putting out music since 2014. their sound is not unfamiliar to most but the excitement and personality that shines through is, well, exciting. It’s the kind of record that makes you want to stay up till 3:00 a.m. on the beach with friends surrounding a campfire. Which I can’t imagine being too different from what the boys in Skegss do on a regular basis.

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Erin’s Prime Slices (9/13): Iron & Wine, Donnie Law

Iron & Wine – Weed Garden (indie folk rock)

Contrary to the implications presented by the title of Iron & Wine’s latest album, “Weed Garden” is full of beauty and demands to be appreciated. With echoing vocals, layers of percussive guitar lines, and unsettling strings, the album ebbs and flows between suspense and delicate satisfaction. Iron & Wine stays true to the warm sound that they have been known for since day one in this latest release.

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Ruby’s Prime Slices (7/9): Fit of Body, Snail Mail

Fit of Body – Black Box No Cops (Lo-Fi House, Bedroom Electronic)

Fit of Body brings a punk ethos to the the usually aloof field of lofi electronic. Black Box No Cops sounds like smooth easy listening hotel music, but with a certain grit. The aesthetic is something of a 2018 bandcamp/soundcloud version of LCD Soundsystem. The subtlety of attitude is what sets this album apart from scores of DIY producers. It gets deeper with each listen.

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Ruby’s Prime Slices (6/28): Now, Now; Self Defense Family; and Jupiter & Okwess

Now, Now – Saved (Pop)

As somebody who has dearly missed the sickeningly sweet rock tinged pop of the mid 2000s (think Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson), Now, Now‘s new album makes me feel Saved. This album is seriously infectious and fun- a pure and emotional pop record both for 2005 and 2018.

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Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks

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”

Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (5/1-5/7): Middle Kids, Lucy Dacus

  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

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Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/29-5/6): Amber Mark, La Luz

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

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Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/23-4/29): Haley Heynderickx, Donovan Woods

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”.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/24 – 4/29): Postdata, Hana Vu

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”

Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/17 – 4/22): Tancred, Lawn

     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”