Author: Emily Brower

"Winters of my Youth" – BBQ Pope Review

“Winters of my Youth”, starts off with a slow melody, but soon gives you no room to breathe and makes you want to hop into the center of a mosh pit to just thrash around. With a vibe that combines the angst of SWMRS and the placidity of Mt. Eddy, you can’t help but feel right at home. With lyrics, “Texting you at 2am / Cause I just want to be your friend” and “Waking up at 9am / I start to glance over our texts / Some things were said, some things were read”, BBQ Pope are not only relatable, but catchy and satirical.

"Synth-Pop Not Synth-Pop"- An Interview with Garden City Movement

Just recently we were given the opportunity to interview, Garden City Movement over email. The Tel Aviv based group consisting of Roy Avital, Yoav Saar, and Johnny Sharoni made their initial debut in 2013 with the release of their single ‘Move On’. The trio are now shaking up the music world with their own ethereal take on electro-pop and R&B in their soon to be released album “Apollonia”. We were able to go into depth on their dream collaborations, thoughts on the digital age, and advice for new artists. Read on to hear each member’s unique opinion.

Zack Brooks & Bobby Bier – "sadboi" EP Review

Zack Brooks and Bobby Bier, who have been creating music together for the past eight years, are turning heads with the release of their newest EP “sadboi.” Brooks, the San Diego native who currently resides in Berkeley, California, has been involved with music for the past sixteen years and has been named an official California Arts Scholar at CalArts through their CSSSA program. Bier, an established producer through his ‘Bier Music,’ enterprise has worked with artists of genres ranging from R&B to Reggaeton. The two have come together in this first collaborative four-track release in order to portray the different stages and struggles of a long-term relationship.

Porches – "The House" Album Review

Porches, the New York based synth-pop project just released their newest album ‘The House’ through Domino Recording Co. Porches’ sound has shifted from a mainly calm indie vibe to a more despondent romantic electronic-pop sound in this enticing third album. Vocalist, Aaron Maine, has brought in a hypnotic flair to this record that can only be described as Depeche Mode meets The Neighborhood.

Tennis Club Album Review

On September 4th, 2017, the “slacker pop” band based out of Joplin, Missouri, Tennis Club, released their self titled album. The trio, consisting of bassist Justin Akin, drummer Sean O’Dell, and guitar/vocalist Wilson Hernandez, are breaking into the surf rock scene with the release of this first album.

"Main Girl" – Charlotte Cardin EP Review

Charlotte Cardin, the Canadian electric jazz pop singer released her new six song EP, “Main Girl.” Cardin started her modeling career at age 15 by appearing in advertising campaigns such as Barilá and began her music career in 2013 by becoming a Top 4 finalist in the Canadian singing competition, La Voix. Cardin has been building her own voice in the music scene since the release of her 2016 “Big Boy” EP and her newest “Main Girl” EP is just the beginning of her rise to the main stream music world.  

"Skin & Earth" – Lights Album Review

On September 22nd, 2017, Lights, the Canadian alternative synthpop artist released her fourteen song album, “Skin & Earth.” This is the fourth studio album released by Lights and “Skin & Earth” is a culmination of her artistic career, bringing together passion, anger, and energy into one project. As well as an album, in order to combine the music to a story, Lights created the fictional alter ego character, Enalia, in a self written and illustrated comic book. The creativity of combing an album and a comic makes the whole experience of listening to this album other worldly.