Joel Ansett delivers a quiz show for the soul

First impressions mean a lot. No one likes a floppy handshake. Opening lines of a novel matter too. How many books have you not read because the story sets off blandly? Albums are no different, and the opening song not only creates a statement for what’s to come but needs to grab the attention of […]

The Japanese House’s “In the End It Always Does” & Cycles

When I was in middle school, I wrote a science paper from the perspective of a water droplet to prove I understood the water cycle: evaporate, rise, cool & condense… I got rave reviews back about the emotional turmoil of my water droplet as she was ripped from her family’s river current to the sky […]

Noele Flower’s Debut EP “Wait For Me” is a Stunning Retrospective

image: Luca Pearl Khosrova Noele Flowers’s debut EP, “Wait For Me” is a journey, a diary, a biopic – a testament to letting go of regrets and holding onto hope, and ultimately? A damn good listen. Ranging from optimistic, bright surf pop, to heavy-hit ballads and soft forest-folk, Flowers has taken inspiration from the path […]

Haley Harkin Absolves Anxiety with To Heal Her Too

Haley Harkin’s newest album, To Heal Her Too, has a theme of self understanding that brings an intense sense of peace and purpose. The album is reminiscent of something from the 70s, and not only is the album incredibly calming and uplifing, but the sound is magnetizing. A brilliant album full of plucky guitar and […]

Around The Sun In 80 Ways

Songs make my mind a traveler, and as I listened to GALASO’s EP Around the Sun, my thoughts ventured to a few different places. Well, one place in particular. It might sound trite, but GALASO’s smooth vocals brought me back to the old roller rink- so much so that I Googled “Roller Rink.” (What do […]

Sorcha Richardson is All Smiles After Returning to Dublin

Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson – just like London artist emie nathan – went to college in the U.S. before returning home. Consequently, Sorcha understands the world a lot better than most of who didn’t study abroad – and her songs have gravitas and wisdom. Every song on Sorcha’s new album Smiling Like An Idiot lures […]

Billy Woodward’s The Boy from the Bay Is a Brilliant Modern Western

Written as a self-described “therapy album,” Billy Woodward’s The Boy from the Bay covers the scope of human struggling with vivid imagery, evocative lyricism and brilliant instrumentation. Detailing everything from grief, substance abuse, traveling to salvation, Woodward’s album reflects the stark realities of the world as he sees it. Putting listeners directly into what feels […]

Honey Cellar Captures a Collage of Human Experiences on Sophomore Album Borders

Moving seamlessly from topics like unfulfilled love, family, grief and the wider scope of our roles on Earth, Honey Cellar’s Borders is a thoughtful representation of what it means to be human. Gliding seamlessly between evocative subject matters and weaving them together with artful ease, the group explains that the album was born out of […]

Evergreen by Brandon Young: An Introspective Sonic Journey

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Evergreen is a multi-layered and personal EP that explores the concept of personal growth. Through soulful vocal melodies, Brandon Young delves into the depth of his desires and analyzes his needs as a creative person and human being. Shifting between minimal musical arrangements and complex, absorbing soundscapes, “Evergreen” feels like a concept album in which […]

Jacob Miller Offers Warmth and Introspection On Sophomore Album Around My Head

Carefully curated, intentionally executed, and thoughtfully written, there’s something irrevocably inviting about Jacob Miller’s sophomore album Around My Head. Exploring themes of personal growth, introspection and acceptance, the Oregon-based singer-songwriter offers a place of refuge for listeners. It is “an album of growth, both thematically and personally for myself as a songwriter and artist,” he […]

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