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One of the most difficult things about becoming an emeritus of sputnik is discovering amazing new artists and lacking any time whatsoever to communicate that interest to others who care about music. Since “graduating” from sputnik, or “becoming part of the force” (or whatever silly analogy makes sense to you), music has become an increasingly intimate thing to me. I don’t spend as much time searching for new artists, analyzing them, and especially writing about them. But when I encounter something I have a true admiration for, I typically find myself desperately striving to achieve five hours of sleep while finishing up lesson plans, grading papers, planning a wedding, and performing household duties. And all so I can wake up and go to work exhausted again. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for me and I regret that I don’t have ample time to review everything that I feel passionate about (i.e. Snowmine’s new record Dialects, which I heartily recommend to all fans of atmospheric alt/indie). So, in lieu of two reviews that I really want to write but have absolutely no time to, I present you with the first of what may be a continuing string of brief passages concerning artists and new albums that I have found to be exceptional.


Run River North – Run River North



At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this band – they clearly have a knack for accessible songwriting akin to Of Monsters and Men, but they aren’t nearly as commercial-sounding and there’s something endearing about their entire approach. Their lyrics are different but they make sense and clearly have meaning. They have more energy and take the kinds of chances you’d expect from a new band creating their debut. It just has a certain level of passion and energy. Think of a middle ground between the aforementioned band and Fleet Foxes, and you’d probably find these guys.

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“Beetle”

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“Fight to Keep”


Priscilla Ahn – This Is Where We Are



This is just a case of a girl having one of the most ridiculously angelic voices I have ever heard. She has amazing tune sense and the ability to adapt it to a wide array of musical styles. Her most recent album takes on more of an electronic, danceable vibe – and she doesn’t miss a beat. “This Is Where We Are” isn’t her debut album, but if you haven’t heard of her yet I suggest these songs as a good starting point.

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“Remember How I Broke Your Heart”

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“Diana”




SowingSeason
02.27.14
Greetings from beyond the sput-grave!

SnakeDelilah
02.27.14
sup sowing

Omaha
02.27.14
hey man =]

SowingSeason
02.27.14
hey guys long time no see...let me know what you think of the songs

Pheromone
02.27.14
love that production on “Remember How I Broke Your Heart”


SowingSeason
02.27.14
Thanks man, glad you liked it. That's ones of my favorites as well.

fallenbird
02.28.14
Sowing is the best, no question.

SowingSeason
02.28.14
Nah no way...but thank you!

Any thoughts on the music? Am I the only one that thinks Beetle is an amazing song?

fromtheinside
02.28.14
what is "more commerical-sounding"?

SowingSeason
02.28.14
mainstream

silentstar
03.01.14
I wish I could like folky type music because the vocals are usually great

but they are so mellow and sparse instrumental wise (which I suppose is somewhat the point) that I have trouble focusing on the music

surprisingly, I really liked Bon Iver's self-titled. it helped that he had a variety of instruments and had really good background beats (drums, electronics)

fallenbird
03.01.14
Beetle is pretty great

Chrisjon89
03.01.14
liking the new(ish) Priscilla. her voice carries the lesser tunes but there's some good stuff there too

SowingSeason
03.06.14
Beetle is one of my favorites of 2014 so far tbh

menawati
03.06.14
fk me that priscilla girl has a voice, going to check that stuff out

fallenbird
03.08.14
Gosh, can't get enough of Beetle, what an amazing song.

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