I Wish I Was A Punk Band – “Ash”
-If you like dynamic production elements, you’ll find a lot to enjoy with this track. “Ash” carries with it some instrumentation that I don’t even recognize. I gather that much of it is electronic effects on both keys and guitar. The groove, the punctuated percussive elements, and the soaring vocal harmonies all come together for something truly pleasing to the ear. In some places it’s a bit challenging to follow the lyrics, but it seems to be about experiencing a sunset with someone special. That said, it’s the kind of track that the musical dynamics are so powerful that they carry the performance.
Otto Aday – “Hearts”
-From the very first line, I couldn’t help but feel a connection with classic Simon and Garfunkel. Otto Aday’s writing has clear pop sensibilities. If you want to know how I really feel about this song, I stopped writing this review to share it with my friends on socials. I genuinely engage with the way this song bridges genres from mid-20th century classic rock into more contemporary pop elements. The combination of styles along with emotional lyrical writing makes for a timeless sound. One of the things I love about music is when it allows us to feel something greater than the sum of its parts; Otto Aday does exactly that, expressing heartache, heartbreak, and ultimately a perspective of hope.
Rachel Gore – “Seeking Something”
-I love… I mean love when a vocal comes through clearly and is quality. Rachel Gore has that kind of voice that allows the listeners to have a visceral connection with the song’s message and meaning. Gore writes, “it seems to me we’re all out here seeking something.” It’s true; we are! The song highlights the journey that everyone is on and helps us have an existential conversation if even with ourselves. This is the kind of song that can be comfortable in the background or can launch you into an entire existential breakdown. Hopefully the question of, “is it divine?” is one that will cause listeners to engage with their life, calling, and hope for the future. Thanks, Rachel, for helping us ask the hard questions.
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