Hanging out with “The Party”, Andy Shauf’s 2016 chill pop masterpiece

Andy Shauf's the party presents a story in 10 parts from 10 perspectives. It captures angst, tenderness, jealousy, and the awkwardness of being an outsider, all whilst keeping you riveted to the subtle arrangements of softly played guitar, chugging bass grooves, intertwining female and male vocals softly sung/spoke but with feeling, layered vocal dubs, piano,... Continue Reading →

Ladies and Djentleman

For metal. I like speed and technical prowess. A while back I was surfing the metal section on Tidal and ran across a playlist about Djent. I had never heard of this staccato technical geekery--I'm all for geekery. Tidal described djent thusly: It started with just a chord and a band, and, whether they like... Continue Reading →

Boys Age: weird and wonderful from Japan

I've been listening to Boys Age for about three years now and keep introducing strangers, friends and family to the strange works of Kaznary Mutow. Kaz is both the creative force behind the music of Boys Age and the strange, sexual and sometimes disturbing artwork of their album covers, and he produces their music videos.... Continue Reading →

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