Friday, May 31

Summer In Siberia- Self Titled

Summer In Siberia
Track List:
  1. Spectres
  2. The You In Focus
  3. Already Heard
  4. Someday I'll Procrastinate
  5. Wyoming Portal
  6. Eyes Glued
  7. Clouds On A Sunday
  8. Ice Pose
  9. Filler Song #9
  10. Studio 8H
  11. Easy To Forget
So I came across this awesome band, called Summer In Siberia, out of nowhere...literally. It started at the 2013 Sasquatch Music Festival in Quincy, WA. And, no they did not perform at the festival. But fortunately enough, I met the singer and keyboardist, Justin Hynes of Summer In Siberia. The band is from Spokane, WA, and they're not currently signed to a label. Hear that record companies?! So needless to say, I was handed their self titled album and asked to review it.

The first track on the album is called "Spectres". Which surprised me, because I had no idea what genre of music the band was. It has an electro-pop vibe, with the electric drum set, simple keyboard riffs, and the occasional guitar thrown in. I know how this sounds while you're reading this, like one of those bands that records their album in a closet. Well, this isn't the case! These guys have an album cover and everything! Anyways, the second track is, "The You In Focus", which was again a dance song, not crazy, but an easy rock yourself side-to-side dance song. "Already Heard" was, one of the slower songs to the album. It's got those keyboard riffs, and the electric drums. But one thing I do really like about this band, that I've noticed, is the vocals. The vocals are melodic, but not over powering. Just simple, and that's what I like, most of the time. The fourth track is called, "Someday I'll Procrastinate". It starts out with an upbeat feel, then goes out to a jam session for the chorus. The track is a really good relaxing song. The next few tracks called, "Eyes Glued" and "Clouds On A Sunday" are one big jam session. Just instruments playing left and right. Gotta love musicians rocking out, right? Although, "Eyes Glued" is a bit harder than "Clouds On A Sunday" but they both work. There's a track on the album called, "Studio 8H". All I wrote for that song in my notes is, super electronic dance jam. So there you go. "Ice Pose", "Wyoming Portal", "Filler Song #9", and "Easy To Forget" are the good hang out songs of the album. Actually, scratch that, ALL of the songs on the self titled album are good hang out songs.
I really liked this album, especially because I had no idea what to expect. I think my two favorite songs so far are, "Spectres" and "Eyes Glued". Those songs are more technical, to me at least. For some reason I like that sort of thing. But it's all good stuff. I would definitely recommend buying their stuff on iTunes. Or at least take a listen!

Thursday, May 30

Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires Of The City"

Track List:
  1. Obvious Bicycle
  2. Unbelievers
  3. Step
  4. Diane Young
  5. Don't Lie
  6. Hannah Hunt
  7. Everlasting Arms
  8. Finger Back
  9. Worship You
  10. Ya Hey
  11. Hudson
  12. Young Lion

The lovely Vampire Weekend has released their new album in mid-May called, "Modern Vampires Of The City." You might know them from their other popular songs, "A-Punk", "Cousins", and "Holiday". Vampire Weekend has developed their indie-rock sound in their hometown of New York City and are currently signed to XL Recordings.
The first track on the album is called, "Obvious Bicycle". It's an odd way to start off an album. Why? Well, because its a really slow song, with vocals and piano for about 4 minutes. The song isn't bad, but you would think VW would place it somewhere else on the album. Then it moves on to a more upbeat and cheery song, it's called "Unbelievers". Next it goes to "Step", which has kind of a techno vibe and a soft beat and vocals throughout the song. After that, the album goes from fast to slow, to both. How is that possible? I have no idea. From crazy songs like "Diane Young" to "Hannah Hunt", "Ya Hey" and "Hudson", which pretty much made me feel like I was watching a scary movie, the music sounded straight out of a horror film with a story attached to it.
But honestly, the whole album was all over the place. Each song is way more different than the next one, from the instruments, the beats, and the genre itself. All of it is completely random, like, you don't really know which way the songs are going to go. The album isn't bad, it just wasn't what I expected, it through me off guard. It's slightly different than their past albums. It's just....weird. You just have to listen to it a couple times to get down with the madness!