Youth Lagoon: Wondrous Bughouse

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Youth Lagoon, the brainchild of Idaho native Trevor Powers has released his sophomore album Wondrous Bughouse. While his blend of Americana and electronic music may seem intriguing, mixing the two not only turns into a huge musical mess, but claiming an Americana influence seems to be a bit farfetched.  The album starts out with “Through The Mind and Back”, an intro that sounds like echoes bouncing off the walls. With an atmospheric vibe to it, the song has an interesting start but at the half way mark it begins to sound cluttered with the rush of sounds that come through the speakers. Power’s audience may become weary of what the rest of the album holds.

Songs like Dropla have hints of piano that sound like an old time piano roll, and listeners finally get a taste of Power’s washed out vocals, which have a parched and nasally quality, making the audience assume that his vocals are added in just to add more sounds. When it comes to lyrical content, Wondrous Bughouse has a theme of mortality, but one would never know it, since Power’s voice sounds faint and too far in the background to get the full grasp of the album’s lyrical message.

While the lo-fi bedroom quality may sit well with listeners, the quality of the album makes it hard for anyone to take Trevor Powers and his music seriously. Due to his different style of music, it will be interesting to see how successful Trevor becomes, but time will only tell. Youth Lagoon is currently on the road supporting Wondrous Bughouse.

Brando Albers: Fading Away

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Song List: Future World, Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of, Lakes Of Burden, Procrastinate, Wash Away Your Tears, Chase Your Shadow, Your Kisses Are Mine, Fall In Love, Worked Out, Fading Away

Brando Albers album Fade Away is a great album that treats the listener to a flood of sounds, leaving the listener wondering what they will hear next. This is an emotional album, epitomized by its nearly-title track, “Fading Away,” with its reverberating vocals adding an intensity to the song that glues listeners to their seats.

Brando works hard to make sure his listeners feel the emotions that flow through this, and each song on the album. Along that vein, “Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of” is a creatively appealing endeavor, and what stands out about it in particular are its lyrics.

As the world is falling apart, turn and look the other way.
He said… I’ve got nothing left to be afraid of.
He looked back into his life, there is nothing left for him now to reclaim.
He said… I’ve got nothing left to be afraid of.”

Brando’s lyrics take his audience into his head and paint a picture of sadness and love, with the music providing a beautiful and interesting backdrop to illustrate his joy, pain, and his entire life’s experience.

“Lakes of Burden” paints a more dreary picture, speaking of friends severing ties, conveying that its narrator is mentally in a dark place. While this song drags on musically, its lyrics and composition convey a crystal clear state of mind.

Brando Albers is a talented artist who has taken computer-generated music to a higher mentally conscious level. Fade Away is carefully written, covering a range of tough emotions that listeners of all backgrounds might relate to.

Arron Brown: Gazing at the Stars EP

 

 

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Gazing at the Stars is a three song EP by UK singer-songwriter Arron Brown, a talented electronic/pop artist whose music will appeal heavily to techno fans and followers of Owl City.

Gazing… effuses an electro/pop sound that lets the listener travel to dreamland, almost literally, as Brown writes about stargazing and sleeping the night away. Brown composes his own brand of electro-pop music, filled with pianos, strings, and electronic sounds, relying heavily on the influence of Owl City’s Adam Young.

The title track opens the EP with piano and vocals, setting the dreamlike and tranquil tone. Arron carries a vocal tune (with some effects to aid him). But while the effects are obvious, they do not make his voice sound inauthentic, though at times it can sound a bit one-dimensional and lacking some range.

The second cut on the album, “Miss You,” is heavy on studio effects, making the songs sound glossy and polished, and giving the EP a nice edge. And while it is obvious in this track that Arron can sing, hearing him in a more raw form would be nice given the song’s simplistic orchestration.

Bringing the EP to a close, “Sunrise” is more upbeat. Its bright and happy synth sounds are unlike the other songs, perhaps intending to wake up the listener up from their long, stargazing-induced slumber.

Arron Brown: Gazing at the Stars EP

 

 

gazingatthestarsepcover

Gazing at the Stars is a three song EP by UK singer-songwriter Arron Brown, a talented electronic/pop artist whose music will appeal heavily to techno fans and followers of Owl City.

Gazing… effuses an electro/pop sound that lets the listener travel to dreamland, almost literally, as Brown writes about stargazing and sleeping the night away. Brown composes his own brand of electro-pop music, filled with pianos, strings, and electronic sounds, relying heavily on the influence of Owl City’s Adam Young.

The title track opens the EP with piano and vocals, setting the dreamlike and tranquil tone. Arron carries a vocal tune (with some effects to aid him). But while the effects are obvious, they do not make his voice sound inauthentic, though at times it can sound a bit one-dimensional and lacking some range.

The second cut on the album, “Miss You,” is heavy on studio effects, making the songs sound glossy and polished, and giving the EP a nice edge. And while it is obvious in this track that Arron can sing, hearing him in a more raw form would be nice given the song’s simplistic orchestration.

Bringing the EP to a close, “Sunrise” is more upbeat. Its bright and happy synth sounds are unlike the other songs, perhaps intending to wake up the listener up from their long, stargazing-induced slumber.

Arron Brown: Gazing at the Stars EP

 

 

gazingatthestarsepcover

Gazing at the Stars is a three song EP by UK singer-songwriter Arron Brown, a talented electronic/pop artist whose music will appeal heavily to techno fans and followers of Owl City.

Gazing… effuses an electro/pop sound that lets the listener travel to dreamland, almost literally, as Brown writes about stargazing and sleeping the night away. Brown composes his own brand of electro-pop music, filled with pianos, strings, and electronic sounds, relying heavily on the influence of Owl City’s Adam Young.

The title track opens the EP with piano and vocals, setting the dreamlike and tranquil tone. Arron carries a vocal tune (with some effects to aid him). But while the effects are obvious, they do not make his voice sound inauthentic, though at times it can sound a bit one-dimensional and lacking some range.

The second cut on the album, “Miss You,” is heavy on studio effects, making the songs sound glossy and polished, and giving the EP a nice edge. And while it is obvious in this track that Arron can sing, hearing him in a more raw form would be nice given the song’s simplistic orchestration.

Bringing the EP to a close, “Sunrise” is more upbeat. Its bright and happy synth sounds are unlike the other songs, perhaps intending to wake up the listener up from their long, stargazing-induced slumber.