Blending orchestral pop with electronic elements and classic pop melodies reminiscent of the Beach Boys and Beatles, Philadelphia band Grandchildren clearly want to combine elements both modern and vintage. It all makes for a wonderfully psychedelic sound, and much like the Flaming Lips’ best work more than a decade ago, it does everything it can to leave a smile on your face.
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Operating under the moniker Samson the Truest, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sam Geller doesn’t so much compare himself to the biblical hero, but rather seeks to find a similar balance between power and vulnerability in his own music. It’s an interesting idea, one he explores deeply on his forthcoming album Come Back Shane, and which you can hear on his brand new track “Afterall”.
If there’s one thing Michigan’s Pop Evil do better than most American hard rock bands these days, it’s creating music that isn’t mired in post-post-grunge drudgery, but rather fun, retaining the heaviness mainstream rock fans like but always mindful of strong hooks. Audiences are starting to catch on, too, as the hard-touring band is steadily building its fanbase, and new record UP should catapult them to new heights.
Over a spooky Fennesz instrumental, King Midas Sound croons, “Let’s just hold each other tight.” Instead of comforting, the deep ambient sound drags listeners under the titular waves, finding that such a tight grasp leads to drowning. “Paradise” is referenced, but it’s difficult to imagine this fitting anywhere more perfectly than in a preview for a horror film, the sweet words masquerading a sinister end.—BRIAN DURICY [7/10]
Wolf Eyes famously careened their way onto Sub Pop in the mid aughts, ushering in a year and a half wave of “What is Noise Music?” thinkpieces and overviews that eventually flooded the No Fun Fest with enough hipsters claiming to know which of the 2004’s 785 RRRecords was actually the greatest that the scene’s literally tens of fans began to look elsewhere for their fix. Wolf Eyes, late to jump off board, dumped the noise tag themselves and started touting themselves as “Trip Metal” a few years back. It shouldn’t be surprising then that a decade after the aftershocks of their Sub Pop signing, the band has weaseled their way onto a release on Jack White’s Third Man Records. And yet it is. What in God’s name is happening here? Trip Metal tag aside, the eclectic group has always prided themselves as being distinctly inapproachable. Vocals you can almost make out and that sound slightly like Big Black era Steve Albini? Discernible guitars and fast-paced drums? A tidy, concise three minute running time? Wolf Eyes takes liberties to throw some spatial squeals and atmospheric crunk atop the post-hardcore tune they’ve birthed here and maybe that’s just the cold allure the tune needs because it’s engaging, if well-oiled. Perhaps the most dissonant thing about it is that the group on the label is named “Wolf Eyes”. At least they didn’t try to huff out 12-bar blues.—TIMOTHY GABRIELE [6/10]
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