Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Charlie Belle - "Shake You Off"

With all the members of Charlie Belle still being in their teens, it's only fitting that their music reminds me of a time when I was a younger listener more in tune with the purity of a message and more open-minded in my embrace. I can still do it as an adult, but it was certainly much easier as a kid that wasn't as preoccupied with the cynicism of trends. Indie pop is a term that has been slowly disappearing from the landscape for sometime now as the focus of online music criticism has practically shifted its attention towards R&B influenced sounds and the DIY alternative phase of the mid-90s when it comes to rock. What's so endearing about "Shake You Off" is that it exists in its own bubble outside of the trends of the world and these three kids from Austin are simply making the music that sounds best to them, which existed during the late 90s and early 2000s. It covers some of the same ground that a lot of great twee rock from that era did, which often placed itself sonically and thematically in the mindset of adolescence and childhood with a heavy dose of wonderment. That makes a lot of sense as to why this song is so charming since Charlie Belle didn't have to journey back in time too far to go that place.

To purchase Charlie Belle's Get To Know EP, visit their Bandcamp page.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#classicalbumtweets: The Marshall Mathers LP

Friday, March 06, 2015

Gunakadeit - "After School Special"

This guy in the video gets it. Sometimes you hear a marimba and you just have to lip-synch yourself into a frenzy on the beach. "After School Special" lends itself pretty easily to such hysterics. That slight tropical feel during the chorus ups the giddy factor considerably even as the song details a teacher-student infatuation that flirts with the inappropriate. Much like "South" before it, Natasha Kozily's harmonies brightly burst through with a sweetness that belies its dark material. It's pure pop music with some muscle and a freewheeling nature.

For more info on Gunakadeit, you can go to the official website here.