Sound Affects

April 2013

Trap Music and Old-School Britney: The Use of Music in ‘Spring Breakers’

Harmony Korine’s film plays games with both the audience’s and the character’s perception of reality, fantasy, and familiarity. The various ways the music is employed throughout the film helps confuse, disorient, or ground us, and the play between diegetic and non-diegetic music brings us in and out of the characters’ perspective.


Someone like Adele: ZZ Ward

For listeners aching to hear more blues-inflected female pop à la Adele, look no further than this rising American singer-songwriter.


20 Questions: Bad Rabbits

How do you prove your salt when you're an energetic Jam & Lewis-referencing modern-day funk band? By going on the Vans Warped Tour, of course. Now the Bad Rabbits are touring with Kendrick Lamar, have a new album out, and a fresh set of 20 Questions answers in tow...


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “Things I Want to Tell You/(bluecoda)”

Together We're Stranger's most heartbreaking moment, "Things I Want to Tell You", depicts pain in a way unlike any artist working in any medium ever has. Long after the aches have faded away and the forward-looking narration of "bluecoda" has ended, it's damn difficult to not sense this hurt lingering.


Counterbalance No. 123: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’

Radio's jammed up with gospel stations, lost souls callin' long distance salvation. Hey, mister deejay, wontcha hear my last prayer? Play the 123rd most acclaimed album of all time. Springsteen's acoustic masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Beat of Her Drum: Florrie

This UK-based singer-songwriter, drummer, guitarist and fragrance model is poised to break through.


Me and JT: Narcissism and ‘The 20/20 Experience’

It was with great anticipation that all of us got our first listen to Justin Timberlake's new album at some point in the past few weeks. Here are four takeaways I have picked up from three weeks of listening to The 20/20 Experience.


From the Ethers: An Interview with Hannah Marcus

Hannah Marcus, rock music's most marginalized oddity, has languished in the shadows of her more celebrated contemporaries. But her fresh musical perspective and oneiric musings on empty lives and disembodied souls have marked her a singular talent worthy of discovery.


Pain in a Hundred Ways: No-Man - “The City in a Hundred Ways”

The brief ambient interlude "The City in a Hundred Ways" is, compared to the other four tracks in Together We're Stranger's opening five-track suite, mostly inconsequential. But what it manages to say in its two and a half minutes is quite resounding.


March 2013

Counterbalance No. 122: Gram Parsons’ ‘Grievous Angel’

A country-rock milestone is the 122nd most acclaimed album of all time. Come out on your porch or we’ll step into your parlor and we’ll tell you how it all went down.


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