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Merry Christmas, dudes. I missed a lot this year, sputnikwise and music wise, but
then again, I miss a lot every year since I went fucking A-wall. It's so true
recently in years past that I spend literally half of the following year finding shit
that I miss this (past) year. Anyway, it's been good on my end. Grew a lot and did
some real dumb things, but I'm okay, which is more than I can say for the past
four years or so. Wrote a book and working on my second. Also, new Damien Rice
is sucky drivel lol, and there have been a lot of disappoints overall. Like I can't
find an electronic release from this year that I actually like. Last year, it was a
much different story. Also, a big shout out to ?Looking too Closely? by Fink for
being the song of the year for me. God that acoustic riff/overall melody line.
|1||There Will Be Fireworks|
The Dark, Dark Bright
I cheated here, and I don't give a fuck. I don't review really anymore, but when I heard this
almost a year ago I was like fuck more people need to hear this shit, and lo and behold, I was
triumphant in getting more people to listen. I'm bad for getting excited about albums, and
then like a month or so later I don't give a fuck. But Dark Dark Bright doesn't lose its draw in
the least. I mean, ?River? still throws me under the current and takes me so far away even
now. Of course I loved and lost to this album, so there is this odd foreboding thing when I
listen to it now, but even loose and bs feelings can't keep me away from this. Fucking stellar,
classic, defining of 2014, even if released in 2013.
Bloom and Breathe
Almost missed this but ha, I didn't. Like there's that Dallas Green-Dustin Kenrue thing about
the vocals that everyone mentions in every review, which they should; it's obvious. But it's
good. This guy croons (and screams) like butter, and the bombast post-rock shit sounds so
uplifting and driving. The album's pretty much composed of the same song over and over (not
really), so it really works to hear it all, and ignore the fact that these guys are really good at
making one song (but again this is really good, and I stress it hard).
|3||This Wild Life|
I came upon this in the summer and at the perfect time really. I was angsty; I was lonely. So
this really nailed that bitch mood that I'm ashamed to admit I was in. It's very reminiscent of
early Dashboard Confessional, right. Like VERY reminiscent, so if swiss army romance gives
your girlfriend the vagina tingles, then get this shit. Very consistent, and very well sung. Great
debut (I think it's a debut, maybe? I didn't fuckin research these bands lol who the fuck
I Forget Where We Were
Now here we go. At first I heard some tracks and I wanted more of like ?Old Pine? stuff, cuz
damn that's a fuckin good song. But instead you're given this moody, broody-drink a beer-
type of album that grows with repeated listens, as all good ones do. I guess he did this more
so for artistic credibility, maybe, but whatever his intent, Howard really brings the feels, and
I've smoked many a cigarette to this in the background and thought about things, that's
THOUGHT, in context of music. Also, goddamn ?Small Things?.
This is like wintry Vampire Weekend, and that's really the only way I can describe it. It's very
happy but sad, maybe? Yeah, anyway, I don't listen to it quite as much as I did at the start of
the year, but holy shit that album art is really one of my favorites ever. It's got good songs,
too, promise. Like, if ever the rain lets up and changes to snow in North Carolina, I'll crack
this out and be like, come at me weather, I've got my indie pop shield.
Down Like Gold
Now, this is sad. Listen to ?St. Peters? and you might have a mood swing lol. But seriously it's
brittle, I guess is a good way to put it, but not lo-fi in the least. The debut has sparse
instrumentation, but the lyrics and whine of the singers' knock this tear-jerker out of the park.
?Take me on a wild ride,? yeah. They do.
Watchers of Rule
Darkest Hour let me down, but Unearth sure didn't. In fact, I never really cared much for
them, but the riffs and furious melodies on display here are so fucking awesome and
CONSISTENT throughout. Not really much more to say about it, really. Just grade-A shit that I
can throw on and say, ?Hey good metalcore here.? That part at the end of ?Trail of Fire? where
the guys changes direction and this godly riff comes out makes me omg it's so good.
Okay, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It's basically their debut but with better
songwriting and like this killer track in ?She took him to the lake?. It's like a 7-minute song
with mini-movements that just soars with each complementary chorus. The song is marked by
the singers tag-teaming lines, which is something they do quite often on the rest of the album
as well. I haven't found a consistent alt-pop-punk album like this since Deaf Havanna's Fools
and Worthless Liars, meaning it's good.
Okay, I'm told this is the return of a band heralded by the absolutepunk kids, which I know
nothing about since this is the first time I've dabbled into their shit. Anyway, it's like Death
Cab with a more bent post-rock edge that lets the music really guide the song as opposed to
the guy's voice (which happens to be just fine as well). ?Sleeper? is a fucking monolithic piece
that has the guy falsetto-ing like Thom Yorke, and it just fucking soars.
|10||Defeat the Low|
A Nervous Smile
By far the most underrated and unheard of release on my list here, save for maybe Champs.
This is growled alt rock in the stylings of early Blindside and a cleaner (barely) early Finch.
Rise Records owner apparently leads these dudes, and I gotta say whatever the fuck you think
of his label's music, the guy's vocals are exactly what this shit needs. Strong yet subdued
melodies that last a while, good shit. I was jamming this on the way home last night from
fucking hell in Christmas retail, and I was like fuck yeah. This hits like a hardrockin' Chevelle
with small Letlive undertones. Fuck yeah.
This is in the Defeater/Counterparts end of things, except one thing: Their vocalist can and
does sing, like during the melodic hardcore songs (no acoustic bs). And it works, which is a
rare find. It's not in the harsh verse-soft chorus way of doing things either. They don't really
have a set song structure here. It's just driving, aggressive-yet uplifing melodic hardcore with
a great ear for melody lines and riffs. But it's not pussy shit, exactly. I respect his voice; I
respect the music.
Catching as fuck, dude, really. I never paid much attention to these guys at all, but I heard
?Miles Away? and especially ?Veil?, and I knew this had to be the shit. And it pretty much is,
like, it's got their spastic take on pop-punk-metal-hardcore-and-pop-and-shit as always, but
the songwriting is the kicker here: I remember these songs. And no matter what genre, or
combination thereof, that's the most important thing to me when it comes to an album. With
memory of songs, comes an inborn inclination to affect my emotions. And Fact does. Catchy,
consistent and glossy as fuck. Grade A.
|happppppppy new year|
|Props for 2 and 5. |
But Damien Rice's latest is great, I don't know what you've been smoking.
|happy holidays man and yeah probably im a lil tipsy|
|"I missed a lot this year, sputnikwise and music wise, but then again, I miss a lot every year since I went fucking A-wall. It's so true recently in years past that I spend literally half of the following year finding shit that I miss this (past) year."|
|1 is so beautiful|
|sup man i live|
|And I couldn't be happier. Props for 2 and 4.|
|Merry christmas you ponton you|
|Merry xmas friend if you have to check one album from this year let it be musk ox's woodfall|
|happy to see Ben Howard here|
|Will do Vin val nice to meet you|
|ben howard is awesome, miss you chief|
|I'll be back maybe|
|I fucking love you for your review of The Dark Dark Bright.|
|Right album for #1, totally counts on all fronts, how you living J?|
|I'm OK. Drunk a lot but alive so lol|
|I didn't even know 2 was a thing til last week is it really Thricey like SS says? I'm mildly interested if so. |
Also long time no see stranger :)
|Yeah fromtheinsidd for real. God remember how bad the new fray was?|
|1 and 2 are fantastic. Pompeii is sounding great from what I've heard so far. |
|Fantastic read Jared. Great to see you are still around these parts. Your #3 is an interesting one; Must give them a listen soon since they are playing a festival I'm attending in 2 months time. I really liked Mallory Knox, and am still to hear Gates (but loved their EPs). |
|Got me all nostalgic right now Davey : ' )n|
|Merry Christmas Jared, hope you had a good one and I hope all is well. We've missed you here dude!|
|So many cool people here thanks.|
|1 and 2 are great, will check the rest|
|This Wild Life is great|
|checkin out 9 for the first time and it's pretty cool|
|yeah its good thanks, check "sleeper"|
|Yep, Pompeii rules.|
|I'll review it maybe. I mean its gooder|