Album Review: Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

It pains me to write this review, since Coheed and Cambria are so near and dear to my heart. First listening to them on their heavy, jammy, and very proggy album “Good Apollo, Volume I” over ten years ago, my life changed. Seriously, this band has had such a massive impact on my life. Whether it’s the continual lyrical or instrumental recitations, sharing this nearly-unhealthy passion of mine with friends and family, or the fact I don’t go a day without listening to them, Coheed and Cambria have always been one of those bands that’s been there for me. Over the years, though, I could hear subtle and gradual changes in their sound, something I’ve always waved off as a band evolving and gaining new perspective. But their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” which will be released Friday but is available for stream now, is the furthest step away from the band I’ve grown to love.Read More »

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Album Review: Lydia – Run Wild

It’s been quite a long time since Lydia released their first album “This December, It’s One More And I’m Free.” Ten years to be exact; ten long years of musical transition and development. I’ve heard these guys since the beginning, noting the amazing vocal performances, indie-tastic rhythms, and passionate yet simple solos. Their second album “Illuminate” I believe was their apex, a perfect combination of everything previously stated. That album was 7 years ago. Now with their fifth album (released last Friday), Lydia has continued to explore their sound in “Run Wild.”Read More »

Single Review: Lydia – Past Life

As I was clocking out of work for the weekend, I heard news that indie rock band Lydia will be releasing their newest album “Run Wild” in September. To coincide this news was the release of their first single “Past Life,” a three minute pop/indie rock taste of what should be an amazing album.

I immediately felt that song was much different than anything off their previous release “Devil.” The heavier drum beats and the tremelo picking during the song’s chorus make the song sound harder than anything they’ve released. These sentiments are confirmed with singer Leighton Antelman describing the album as a “little darker” than their last album. At the same time, the inclusion of orchestra instruments throughout bring a side of Lydia we’ve never heard before. The final few moments introduce a new technique of keyboards and sound manipulation that also hasn’t appeared in previous records, showing of the experimentation and adaptability of having two producers working on this album. And, as always, Leighton’s delivery is so personable, reminding me of a story teller or a narrator.

I enjoyed the song, which reminded me of being influenced by their earlier work. I look forward to this album’s release, and am interested in seeing how dark Lydia will take this album.

Check out the single “Past Life” below:

Album Review: Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

An excellent addition to the many 2015 releases mentioned on this site, Florence & The Machine has reappeared from the shadows. I hadn’t heard their name in over three years, so I was excited to find their latest release available in iTunes. Just like their previous albums, the sound floats between pop, indie, jazz, and blues, a completely unique class of modern music. Shining in the spotlight once again, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is undeniably big, blue, and beautiful.

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Album Review: Mew – +-

I had never heard of Mew until a couple weeks ago. That’s how little I know about this band, which is why some hardcore fans of theirs might stumble across this post and ask “what is this guy talking about?” But despite the lack of knowledge of their history and discography, this band and I have crossed paths. After hearing so much on the internet of their great album released last month, I found my hands grasped around a copy of their latest album “+-” with pure excitement. Consider this post a recommendation from a new fan.

Mew is a little band from the little country of Denmark. Consisting of Jonas Bjerre on vocals, Bo Madsen on guitar, Johan Wohlert on bass, and Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen on drums, Mew is the proactive example of all that is great with indie rock, showing hints of progressive rock influences. There might not be twenty minute compositions full of mellotron and improvisation guitar, but you can tell that these gentlemen probably blasted some essential prog albums in the past by the way they play on this album. Read More »