Monthly Archives: April 2017

Something About Distance is the freshman album of Ocean City, a four-piece alternative group from Elizabethtown Kentucky. The feel-good rhythms and soothing vocals they produce have won them recognition in national music competitions. Their lyrics tell tales of making sense of desires for others and finding the place where you belong. They are a fresh new independent talent that will pique the interest of the wandering young and the even the old set in their ways. When they are not gaining attention from music fans, they can be seen enjoying a McDonalds breakfast while cracking inside jokes…at least according to their Facebook!

– Jon B

OC+Album+Cover+copy+copy

Ray Cashman, Slow Drag

This Blues band includes: Ray Cashman (Vocal), Bob Bogdal (Harmonica), Mark Robinson (Guitar), Marty Reinsel (Drums), and Joe Johnson (Bass). The album was release in October 2016.

The first song ‘Fame’ sets the tone for the album. The catchy blues beat (guitar) in the beginning gives you a feel to how the whole album will sound like. The lyrics dialogs about what it is like to have fame, and the troubles that it brings.

‘She’s just a girl’ has a tone to make one get up and dance to the song. The lyrics sounds as if Cashman knew a girl who was too young for the blues, however that did not stop her from singing songs.

For a blues album, it makes me want to sit outside on a nice sunny day and enjoy the weather and the music. However, as someone who does not listen to blues often I find the album calming. The album’s beat/tone sounds a little repetitive, however I’m not a blues person to judge.

– Jessica F

Ray_Cashman_Slow_Drag_2016

Saro

In Loving Memory is the debut EP by the Los Angeles based artist Saro. The album represents what someone is going through after the loss of love and the stages of mourning that go along with that loss. You can really tell that this is supposed to be sad as all of the songs sound very sad and full of anguish. It made me feel sad and I’ve never had love to lose so that tells you how effective the sad tone of the album is. The album also has some themes that repeat themselves in different songs. There are two different songs where Saro mentions the hollowness of humans which really makes the nice and happy cover art a trap to listen to these sad songs.

This is also one of those albums where the songs all flow into each other to make it sound smoother, you can just leave the album on and not even know if the songs you are playing are different songs. It does have the age-old classic of breakup songs where there’s a lyric that talks about how Saro thought he would be with this person till they both die. It’s a very minor nitpick but I’ve heard it so many times in breakup songs that it gets predictable after a while. All in all, I enjoyed this album as Saro has a very nice voice and you can feel his emotion when he’s singing and it fits well with the tone of the album. If you are going through a break up this might not help all that much but you could be able to relate to it which is always something that is comforting to people. It’s only seven songs and two of those are tiny intervals so it’s short enough to listen to multiple times to really enjoy the songs, I give it a thumbs up.

– Edward R

SAROSTORY3

Louise Burns

Canadian singer-songwriter, Louise Burns has an indie folk/pop sound similar to Stevie Nicks, Of Monsters and Men and Lana Del Rey on the album Young Mopes. Burns is a former member of the band Lillix, which is an all-girl punk rock band that started in 1997. In 2011, Burns debuted her first solo album titled Mellow Drama. Two years later she released her second album, The Midnight Mass.

Young Mopes was released in 2017 and recorded at The Hive in Saanich, BC, 602 Studios, Inc. in Vancouver, BC and Golden Ratio in Montreal Quebec.

The entire album has an upbeat melody, but the lyrics borderline sadness, this seems to have been deliberately done. Each song as its own distinct vocals and beats, but they all share a commonality. They are the perfect songs to listen to on a midnight drive.

The songs work as midnight drive songs because of their similarity, but this can also make each song blend together.

The best song by fair on the album would be “Moonlight Shadow.” It has that Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence” feeling. That feeling every heartbroken girl has felt in her lifetime comes through in “Moonlight Shadow.”

While the song that is relatable to Stevie Nicks’  “Edge of Seventeen” is “Storms.” This one gives off a dancing on the beach with a wine cooler vibe. This is the complete opposite feeling given off by “Edge of Seventeen,” yet they have that are similar to each other.

– Alex G

louiseburns

Demon Hunter

As a Christian metal band, Demon Hunter stands true to their name in their newest album entitled Outlive. Their lyrics are packed with religious connotations and, well, Ryan Clark’s bone chilling screams sound like the roars of a demon—quite impressive.

But don’t let that scare you off: he and the other band members sing with that typical manly gruffness, but every now and then they’ll flip a switch and show a sultry sensitivity in their voices like they do in “Died In My Sleep.” Even when they slow things down, however, an edgy undertone lingers beneath the surface. On the other end of the spectrum, songs like “Jesus Wept” have their foundation built on the machine-gun speed of the bass drum, and I must beg the question of how that is physically possible. No matter the mood, nearly every song has that classic wailing guitar solo which either puts on an epic performance or cries out in heartbreak. Outlive is a proper representation of what every metal fan expects to hear.

. . . with the addition of a few surprises. One of the most extreme songs on the album is “One Less.” During the refrain, the drums will come to a complete stop and leave Jeremiah Scott to strum his guitar on each beat. A possible reason for doing this could be to put special emphasis on the lyrics: “I never wanted to be counted with the others; I’m not afraid to be the only one alive.” Yet another song, “One Step Behind,” is entirely different with its soothing vocals and a tempo that slowly ambles forth. Unlike the other songs, it features an electronic sound which carries a melody so chill, it’s reminiscent of Owl City. “Patience” begins with a gloomy piano solo which is abruptly cut off with that same-old metal sound, so fast it seems to run with the wind. Outlive ends with a song called “Slight the Odds” that ingeniously blends an edgy guitar with a classical violin which diverges from the beaten path of the entire album.

Metal has an acquired taste, but Demon Hunter has provided an album that sticks to the basics while spicing things up now and then to hold the listener’s attention. It is highly recommended for anyone who is new to the genre because it will provide a small nudge out of your comfort zone while adhering to the typical song-writing conventions. The only thing is, you should grow out your hair before listening to Outlive because you’ll want to properly head bang to that heavy beat.

-Sabrina D

DemonHunter