Just recently, Half Moon Run have come to my attention. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to find these guys, but right now as the fresh squeezed Indie marks its way through my ears, grazing the edge of each guitar riff, I'm content.

From the very first track I was introduced to, I was exposed to a refreshingly simple Rock extract. The vocals are usually key to their sound, but true musicianship and an emphasis on the melodic details is what really makes each track stand out.


This one's just one of my favorites on its own. It needs no support, it stands for itself as soon as the bass kicks in. The vocal melodies are more of a grounding feature, keeping you from even considering another track until it's finished.

Trough out the album you'll get soft and thick tones as well as beautiful little details to perfectly accentuate the occasional raw influences. Still, it's this track and a few others that, in my opinion, are as well balanced as possible. It ups the value of the release before delving into the rest of that fresh organic sound.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/half-moon-run-dark-eyes.html
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As far as bringing something to the current giant Indie table goes, these guys allow you to feast. Their influences might have the most to do with it; only dipping into Pop, exploring Folk a bit, and understanding that they should use the musical talents they hold.

Dark Eyes is complete; just about every song on the album works excellently with the tracks surrounding it. When heard in full, there's a fulfillment you rarely complete within the genre. This all being said, I don't think it'll be too long before the Canadian quartet start rapidly multiplying their fans, so give them a listen before they're all over your radio. It's gonna be a satisfying ride.
I was introduced to Yes King a short while ago, and it took me all of half an album to realize I was really into it. Their music faded slowly towards the background, leaving the fresh mellow Reggae'd out mood. It was just a little odd since they're just a couple of producers making such a faithful sound, but it works for them.

Today's track is just right for airplay. It features an assertive yet delicate female vocal (courtesy of Mel Uye-Parker) and the perfect blend of Reggae and electronic production. It's not too long, but it'll still only take a few seconds to see if it's for you. Try it.


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Even if you don't like it initially, that lala hook throughout the track might latch onto you like a clingy child. The musical production here is so solid and addictive that it's actually repeated on the last track as a Hip-Hop hybrid. Come back to it if you have to; you'll see.

The rest of the album has similar appeal. There might be a track or six that at first might not fit with you, but as you allow them the reason of doubt, they find ways to reel you in. Then again, not everyone can enjoy the mixture of classic Reggae, urban roots, and heavy hitting Dub.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/yes-king-rerecord.html
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I really liked this one the first time I heard it. Great production value; little electronic disturbances. Then I heard it again last week and I couldn't get enough of it. Its essence is simple, what brings it up a notch is the execution.

Overall the album has some really well written lyrics, some highly tolerable melodies, and the occasional mood-dip to catch you off guard and keep things fresh. It might not be a buyers choice for just anybody, but if you're a fan of the Dub side it should at least be worth checking out.
This one slipped just past my radar a year before I started writing here. Herbie Hancock and a wonderfully varied collection of musicians making sweet Jazz covers of classics and hidden gems. He traveled the world to exchange ideas with other great minds, and recorded the adventure for us.

My favorite track originally belonged to Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell, and is a classic of sorts in its homeland of Brazil. Herbie's version features the beautiful Brazilian Céu (whom I've loved for quite some time) on leading vocals.



In case you're wondering, here's the original. The written composition of it is lovely, there's no point in denying that the odds of messing this one up were slim to none. Where it exceeded expectations was in the sensuality. Céu's voice alone is capable of as much, but between the drums, the subtle guitar, and Herbie's masterful piano, there was no room for misunderstandings.

The romance in today's track is probably the strongest whiff of it you'll get throughout the album, and though it's not the only love-related song on the release, the project is just as well varied with emotion as it is with artists and base-genres. Basically, the only way to know if it's for you or not depends on your love for Herbie.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/herbie-hancock-imagine-project.html
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The Imagine Project sounds like what it says it is, a project. It's extremely successful sometimes, and just nearly good enough during others. I can love the Beatles cover (a favorite of mine, kudos if you find it) but then the Bob Marley interpretation can lack a bit. I can admit it might just be me, I might have a tender spot for some of the originals, but I still admire the efforts that went into it.

I found it overall a bit overwhelming. It sounded as if they were trying to make some things happen so much that they had fun with it and ignored some obvious faults when they were done. But then I would also have to admit that it won a couple of Grammys for songs I was less than in love with. Take what I say as a guide if you wish, but give it a listen and judge for yourself.
I just discovered Plini about half a week or so ago, and I'm hooked. He's got that technically sound arrangement balancing between uplifting melodies and epic compositions that can get the juices flowing; if the time is right.

For the most part, Plini will be for people with a true appreciation for a well played guitar or for well written compositions as a whole. I see Prog-Rock lovers, and audiophiles with a thing for intricacies enjoying his work the most.



From the moment you play the opening track to the second the EP finishes, what you've got is magic. It might take some getting used to, instrumentals aren't typically for the average listener, but Plini pulls off a blend capable of entertaining the open mind.

The orchestral background is the thin layer of icing on this delicious piece of cake. It's not overdone, it's rarely obviously heard, but it elevates the sound to a perfect point. After you realize the good mood the guitar's putting you in, you have to give thanks to the little details that lengthen the tracks.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/plini-sweet-nothings.html
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Sweet Nothings is a beautiful portrayal of all the somethings in between. It's the exquisite guitar playing (on an often shared spotlight) that gives the album strength, but it's the flow of well pieced together tracks that makes it such a great listen. It's no wonder it's credited to have been "sporadically adjusted" for well over a year.

The release captures joyous moments and sweet nostalgia, both in our world and its own, as it tells this latest chunk of story. If you're so inclined, give some of the previous work a try at the Plini Bandcamp. If you feel like you love it, take it. Everything is available for free, but there is a reasonable asking price on the main page. Consider it.
I wasn't expecting it; I didn't see it coming at all. When Paul McCartney's new album New slapped me across the face at full speed, all I knew to do was to embrace it. For some reason, I was expecting a weathered down album with little originality and unfinished quality.

I'm happy to say I was wrong, but I'm even happier to realize how much I enjoyed it. It really feels like Paul had an extremely open mind during production, but was still wise enough to let his own flavor seep in the background.


The melody is pretty nice here, as are the lyrics, but what really gets me going is the instrumental shifts. I love hearing the chorus fade back out to that playful key/whistle. It keeps the ears in check, and it represents some of that classic sound alongside some modern twists.

One thing the album is very consistent with was that playful air. It's a bubbly commotion that spreads throughout a song and puts a leap at the ball of your foot. The entire album is infected with joyous melody, it's just not always executed to its fullest potential.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/paul-mccartney-new.html
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Maybe it's not a perfectly sound release, but it puts up a fight against the waves of monotonous Pop Rock bombarding the masses. It's a set of excellent lyrics and open-minded production, and hence deserves a healthy listen. I recommend the stream if you have the time.

The only thing truly new about the album is McCartney's spirit. It's with this release, with excellent mixing, and especially with heart and soul, that he shows us his youth. Age is just a number; he caught on quick that with an active mind, talent can be forever.
I've been looking forward to this latest effort by BTS since mid-September when they announced it alongside a group project track with Axel F. (check it out) and am as pleased as I was expecting to be. With that initial track put forward and setting the bar as high as it did, it says a lot that they continued to show all the quality expected.

Those of you who actively follow D4AM or our Facebook/Twitter pages will have gotten a few extra previews of the EPs contents, so here's the last track on the EP which was new even to me. Hit play, let it run, and enjoy the collective talents.


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This isn't even my favorite track and I can't spot anything against it. Even on the first listen, I thought they were making a mistake introducing the digital seams of a talkbox to such a refreshing sound, but by the time it ended I had to hand it to them for knowing what they're doing. Where many others could fail, they've succeeded.

Then we've got everything else! From extremely talented musicians working cohesively, to the well mixed blend of genres they conjure up, to the chemistry between R&B and Hip-Hop they bring out. The track stands solid, and so does the EP.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/balance-and-traveling-sounds-bedrock.html
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If for whatever reason you're still just considering giving this a try, and you have the time to be persuaded, give Broken Angel a listen. It's the longest track on the album, but every second is put to good use. It probably shows the heights of their individual talents the best, it just takes a while to witness it all.

This is the EP I hoped for. Granted, I was really hoping for an album, but this release is so solid that it works out anyway. It's 4 tracks recorded live (directed by Collin Cates if you check them out through their Youtube) and bundled into the perfect teaser. It's just long enough to satisfy, and just short enough to make you want more. A formula they've perfected over time, and that I can't seem to get enough of.
I was born and raised listening to batucadas, learning to appreciate them for their percussive impact and tribal roots. History shows its evolution as it was pieced together by African descendants who (on a certain voyage somewhere in the late 1400s) managed to land in Latin America and evolve it into a sound classic to the Afro-Latin community.

Initially I expected something a little more like this, and less like a mellowed out gathering of talents with some uncommon percussion on the background. Then again, this mellowed out jam is probably just what happens when the sound takes a leap to New Zealand.



This is their single, and it is not by any means the best way to show off a 9 piece set of talented musicians. On the other hand, it's a great way to get noticed. It's got the catchy chorus, some well written lyrics, and a video to catch you if by chance you ever feel persuaded to ditch it. The truth is, this is the simple track most people need to become intrigued.

Of course if you wanna hear the full capabilities of their Pacific-Afro-Kiwi-Soul, try a track like My Heart He Say out. It's got a progressive swing to it that really hooks onto your ear if you're used to complications in your music, but it's also got a firm enough base within the confinements of popular contemporary music to keep the average listener pleased.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/batucada-sound-machine-b2kda.html
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The release is a great show of what these guys have to offer, melting genres like Ska and Colombian native Cumbia together in a single album with ease. They manage to add all these genres while maintaining a strong percussive arrangement and a joyous aura. I can only imagine them live!

It took me a second listen to get into the sound; at first I felt the album was bland. Maybe it was the mood, maybe they're just really good at latching onto you, but I think ultimately they're just easier to love than they make themselves out to be. I recommend the stream until they put up a more comfortable purchase method, and I recommend you come back to them after that first listen. You know, just to be sure.
Cage the Elephant have had my attention for a while now, popping out great memorable tracks with their own slight edge. But until yesterday, I found no reason to listen to an entire release. They were good, but I didn't feel like an entire album of their sound would be to my liking.

Enter Melophobia, literally meaning fear of music. The name alone catches and sparks my interest, but it was because of their desire to distance themselves from recorded music that I really decided to give their latest a listen.



This track shows some of that originality the best. I wasn't drawn to the track initially, but it grew on me by the time it ended. After a third and fourth listen, it became one of the obvious album favorites. It's a well balanced track with enough of their flavor to belong. Just stick around for that delicious change of pace at the end; you'll see.

It's tracks like these that made the listen worthwhile. I'm not sure what I was expecting; I went into this one with an open mind, in return I got a pleasing listen that I just can't fully get behind. It's got a near-solid track list, but it's those little capsules of average tracks that end up ruining it for me.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/cage-elephant-melophobia.html
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Out of the ten tracks, I'm really happy with six. Of those six, I probably really like three. If it were a shorter album I'd be praising it for consistency within diversity, and excellent portrayals of talent within a fairly commercial sound. But with all it has going on, it falls just between the lines of 'not bad' and 'pretty good'.

There's still some really well composed tracks on there, and I know I can be extremely picky, so go ahead and give it a listen yourself if you liked today's track or enjoy the band as a whole. Who would've thought an album naming itself the fear of music would show the bravery it takes to evolve? I salute them for their efforts.
It's actually been a while since I've heard an instrumental piece outside of Heavy Metal or orchestral backgrounds, so hearing this Future/Ambient/Electro thing unfold behind me was unexpectedly thrilling. Maybe a little over-synthed, but beautifully executed any way you look at it.

The potential downside to many is it feels a bit like a soundtrack, leaving too much emptiness and not enough of a story line for those of us just sitting down with a computer reading text on a screen. Give them a shot anyway, but you might wanna lay down (or watch it like this) while you do.



Give it a minute or two to pick itself up. Maybe meditate a little so that you can really feel yourself in a very uplifting space travel movie. Regardless if you do or not, when the track drops, you'll know. Maybe it'll work for you, or maybe you still need some vocals to put the track on comfortable ground.

If the track does work out, you might be interested in the album. It's not too lengthy, but it does flow really well. It's that seeping Post-Rock combined with the well produced fluidity that take the album a step further than just a movie score.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/infinity-shred-sanctuary.html
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Sanctuary is a great introduction to the well thought out instrumental albums that lurk under the mainstream bridge. It's got all that talent building up inside of it, showing a new world to a style that often won't work at all without vocal chords. It flows and binds track after track together with ease, and leaves an optimistic air after every song.

It's the abundance of glee that overdoes it for me, leaving little room for any other emotion on the voyage. Then again the album won't last too long, so it might just suit your mood. It's also better heard in full, as one track alone doesn't do it justice. If you enjoyed Mapper at all, remind yourself you only heard a chunk out of a complete piece. Give the stream a try.
I don't usually like Synth-Pop at all. In fact, the last time I wrote about it was back at D4AM's humble beginnings on a post about Popcorn. The synthesizer just often feels extremely cheesy to me, and it's hard enough for me to enjoy Pop without the electronic enhancement.

Yesterday I found The Flavr Blue, a sweet little three piece Synth-Pop group with talented ideas seeping out of their core. They tend to walk down the commercial path while executing extremely well produced and thought out synths over catchy beats and melodies.



It's got some awkward tension in there, decent musical composition (especially for the genre) and some well pieced together vocals. It's my favorite track on the EP just because of sound variations, progressions, and that slick production work.

Luckily, the rest of the release fits together really well. It starts at a high point and only gradually lets me down, but that's just my opinion. Their debut track is my least favorite and with that Justin Timberlake vibe it's got, I imagine the masses will just eat it up. Check it out if you're curious.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/the-flavr-blue-bright-vices.html
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The EP is pretty decent. Again, my favorite track is the first. I could get away with just that track, but the songs that follow are definitely up to par. They set their bar and work the music through until it's molded and placed snugly through your ear canals.

The best part is they're trusting their fans with their future. If you feel like helping them get somewhere, you can get the 5 track EP for $3 on iTunes. If you feel like taking it for free, take it. Enjoy it, share it with the world. Let their name be known, and maybe catch their show if they ever drop by. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.
I may have just heard the most varied single-artist album of the year. With influences pulling every other track in a completely different direction; Mole City was like hearing a well stocked mp3 player on shuffle. It might be a little confusing the first time around, but it does make some sense.

Since it's pretty hard to define the entire contents of the release, I'll just leave you with the first musical track. It'll have a nice distortion to it, a thick revolving bass-line, and the almost Classic Rock feel that does show on the rest of the album. Try it out.


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This one took me a minute to appreciate, but it came through. It just needed to evolve a bit; because the initial set up was just a little on the dull side. It has something to say without the key to get it across, until finally it hits the peak and keeps your attention.

The only thing you should continue to expect are the vocals and the allure of good ol' Rock 'n' Roll keeping a distant eye on the overall sound. The album will still roam through Punk, and Bluegrass, through Classic Rock sounds, and a bit of Grunge, and even some old fashioned Western vibes. It's actually the inconsistency that makes this album worth hearing.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/quasi-mole-city.html
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I think deep down inside I really wish it were a bit more fluid from track to track. There's some space-distortion between some songs to cushion the harshness of it, but even that felt a little forced. Honestly, I think all it needs is its track list re-done. I also have to admit that maybe I still don't get it, and that it may just take some time to get used to.

It just kinda feels like it'll go over many people's heads if it can go over mine. I try to be open, I admit I even enjoyed it. But if I were to buy this, putting this on wouldn't be much more different than making a playlist at random.
In the search for another band entirely I found this Hardcore Punk quartet, adequately named Survival. The sound was mostly made up of the best of two worlds: the heavy face-smashing riffs that bring forth the anger of mosh pits, and the effectiveness of short songs with quick messages.

If anything should go wrong, it'll probably be the vocal content. We're not exactly dealing with perfect pitch and vocal harmonies. The lyrics however, are top notch. Far from generic anarchy raising Punk, instead actually giving lots of thought to what really concerns them.

Lyrics/Stream/Download @ Bandcamp

At first this track felt like the typical 'I hate somebody' track that you'll get at just about any Punk Rock release. Then I paid a little more attention to the lyrics, caught something, and realized this was far from the norm. I thought it'd be a political message, instead it's about the wrong kind of fan.

There's a few tracks on there that might be a little more generic, but they're written for the genre. They're really excellently composed, molding themselves to more of their own style than a mixture of already defined ones.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/survival-spirit-unchained.html
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The Manchester natives have only been out there for a few years, and this release has only been out in the open since December of 2012. Maybe they're building material for a full album. Maybe they're just content with live shows right now. But it'd be a shame to see no more of them after such a surprisingly well made effort.

I estimate this little EP lasts about 11 minutes. It's a name-your-price release, but they're (currently) offering the free downloads via Mediafire at their Facebook. If you really wanna show some support you should consider giving them a follow on Twitter as well.
I found these guys earlier this year and thought they could really push through radio and on to better things, with the proper direction. A few days ago they released their latest EP, and upon finishing it I can insist that they know where they're going. Still not perfect, but they have direction fit for a  good Pop Rock band.

If anything, they've definitely learned how to finish an album with style. Had today's track started the release, there would have been no way for the following tracks to compete, leaving a whole release in the gutter. It's too complete of a track to leave anything but a refreshing taste of Pop after it's done.



It starts simple enough, but it transforms between the first few seconds and 5 minutes of its own time. It catches your attention with a simple high pitch guitar riff, and eases you in and out between a well timed bass and a percussion that won't overwhelm you.

You gotta get just beyond the halfway mark on the song to see how far it'll go from its comfort zone. It's not very far, it just doesn't seem typical for this kind of band to make this kind of elaborate track. It's more than I can say for the album, but the album's not too far back as far as exceeding expectations go.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/take-part-harbour.html
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Out of 5 tracks, I found it easy to enjoy 3. The first couple were able to hold my attention, but wouldn't keep me coming back on their own. After that little slump it all went much better than expected. Still pleasantly surprising for me to enjoy such a blatant Pop Rock band, but this effort had a bit more of a unique spin.

At this point, I can see a future release being the type of material that would land them an opening spot for Maroon 5 during their Songs About Jane era; needless to say, if you enjoyed today's track you should give the release a listen. It's a name-your-price EP so just keep the songs you want if you enjoy any, and share with the people who might also enjoy these efforts.
Their self titled twelfth studio album has finally come out. As a relatively big fan of the band, I've been looking forward to it for months. But as someone who listened and didn't quite love their prior dramatic turn of events, I also approached the album with caution.

The notable leap forward is in Mangini's chemistry with the band. The percussion is as I expected it to be last year, so as far as their performances go, the album's top notch. Today's track should show that, it should show individual talents reach an inspiring height and blend in with each other perfectly.


It starts with a nice atmosphere, and it's followed by thick riffs and symphonic keys (thanks Rudess.) There's some strong Hard Rock inclinations, and some softer tones that somehow work perfectly. The originating Majesty magic hard at work, with an added dash of commercial production for good measure.

Maybe it's not the most progressive song on the album, but the truth is the album isn't that progressive to begin with. They've overshot before, and they've underdone as well, but they hit a weird area on this album that shows their progressions much better between tracks than within them.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/dream-theater-self-titled.html
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The album carries out plenty of soft tones and uplifting messages. It features a Myung-lyric track that also features an amazing bass sequence, and it has Enigma Machine, (potentially my favorite track on the release) an instrumental piece of perfection. Needless to say, I prefer the album to Dramatic Turn. I just also think you still need to be with it a while before you truly start to love it.

My problem here is I've seen their tricks already. I've enjoyed what I believe to be their most progressive, imaginative, and even commercial albums. They're not changing an awful lot by going back to their roots a bit, but they did make a solid album. It's quality from production value, to composition, to overall execution.

It's too difficult to complain. I just like it, I'm not in love. I can't point out what they should do differently because they've already done it. They have masterful albums, they've explored their talents and their ideas. Maybe they should take a long tour, meditate a bit, and come back with Metropolis part III or a new 12 Step Suite. I just have a feeling that until then, these tolerable good-enough albums are all they'll have to show.
My infatuation with The Clear Night Sky is such that I can't stay away from a release. I listened, enjoyed, and was still tempted not to post because the solo project is currently the D4AM Top Pick. This soundtrack EP however short it may be, is a good variant to a seemingly defined sound.

Before you give it a listen you might wanna give it a watch, here's the video. I'm particularly fond of the last track on the short, the first on the audio release. It's more music, more people friendly. Maybe a bit of an '80s sound and some well applied distortion. Try it.



A simple atmospheric intro and some odd riffage start the track on a positive note. It's the spacey vocals that still feel like the album I first heard, but the '80s percussion and Garage/Punk guitar-work feel a little different. And all this is overlooking the electronic element, which practically goes unnoticed but makes all the difference.

It's also the least appreciated track on the short; being shown off at the end just long enough to show the guitar work, and fading off just before the vocals kick in. The rest of the video (and the rest of the soundtrack) is closer to ambient music. It's not bad, just a well performed transition.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/the-clear-night-sky-go-go-baby-joe.html
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If you're curious for the rest, just keep listening. The album runs about 8 minutes long, you'll be done with the background music in no time and feed yourself 8-bit ray gun sounds. It might not suit you, but if you do end up liking something it's worth contributing. It's a name-your-price release, so at the least it's worth checking out.

Give it a listen; let it flow through your ears, and if you kinda like today's track and want a bit more of that, do yourself a favor and roam the Bandcamp. Either that or, if you haven't checked out the prior TCNS post, check the D4AM review on Impulse Controlled Deviator. It's better executed, but then it was was made for ears, not movies.
It's been a few months since I last mentioned anything about Mr. Dunbar and his solo work, and just as I'd hoped, he's back on his feet. This time carrying through the first rendition of a Records-For-Rent idea that would enable him (and any other artist who catches on) the ability to roam around and allow musical passion to manifest.

Today's track is one of my favorites from the digital record. It's got a strong Folk taste, and a very decently played guitar. Some gritty vocals following an attractive melody accent the track almost perfectly. Give it a listen if it sounds to your liking.



Maybe a little too slow for some, but I think this shows the quality of the developed talent. He's not aiming for perfect, he's aware his GarageBand mastering skills only go so far, but he does succeed at capturing emotion. When you think of it, no matter how well produced something may be, it's still nothing without the right feeling.

It's that seductive release of well executed emotion that ties the album together at all. So in the end no, it's not perfect, but it's a one-man effort. An effort with a simple cause; to make music, and exchange the profits and experiences for rent. Couch surfing for the modern musician.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/scott-dunbar-fool-become-wise.html
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It is far from the perfect album. This is an experiment unfolding before our eyes. There's plenty of emotion, talent, and decent ideas spread all across the album, they just don't always stick with you. It's easy to love, but it's also easy to note the little flaws we're not always used to. Well rounded, but lacking in flair sometimes.

What I'm happiest about is it's good. It could be better under a different kind of production, but he'll get better at that too. All we have to do to ensure he gets there is support him, right there through Bandcamp. He might eventually start an Indiegogo, but for now he wants the people that support his cause to take something in return. The minimum asking price for the album is a reasonable $10, but if you like it, pay whatever extra you think he and the landlords deserve.

He wrote some paragraphs right under the album track list here that explain where he's been and what he's moving towards. If you're curious to know about Records-For-Rent, how this album was made, or just how this man thinks, I'd recommend the read.
I've recently gotten myself into a heavy Rock mood. Extreme head-banging riffs, strong and well timed percussion, and angry vocals. It's just been a while, and so the cravings kicked in. Thankfully; I found Kneel.

Kneel is a one piece Metal/Mathcore experience from Portugal. He makes sure you know that even though a few lucky guests managed to leave their footprints on the release, it's not a band. "End of story." Check him out.


Stream/Lyrics/Buy @ Bandcamp

I felt this was the most well-rounded track on the album. The harsh vocals, the progressions, and the amazingly well kept times all show the talent pouring into the effort. A bit lengthy for some, but it really divides everything he's capable of and gracefully shoves it in your face.

If you like the track, the album should be right up your alley. It's not all as perfectly executed, though. Most of the shorter tracks do nothing more than place you in mosh-pit-mode, but the album as a whole feels more like fresh released aggression manifesting itself with calculated detail.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/kneel-interstice.html
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If you're already used to Math Rock bands, if you enjoy elegant musical transitions coated in dark sounds, this one's worth looking into. It's a noisy, loud, well produced chunk of time that will have you in your own personal circle pit within minutes. And then it's got classic Metal influences that keep the sound clear enough to digest if you're not used to too much.

Interstice is full of those moments that make happy-sighs happen. One of my favorites is the first 7 seconds of the last track, Sovereignty, where the stereo possibilities were executed perfectly upon reaching my headphones. I guess if we can't see him play this live, the album might as well transcend through every detail.
Stumbling across a Psychedelic Garage Rock band is enough of a blissful moment for me, but to hear their latest work was where the emotion really kicked in. Night Beats have created a well oiled machine complete with perfectly fitted gears and complex doodads that the average listener wouldn't be able to control without the band's help.

To play a song on its own doesn't quite do the album's composition justice, but today's track is the only one (so far) to have its own video. It also captures the happy medium between the range of emotions the album will go through. Check it out.



This one's farther up towards the end of the album so you get significantly more Psych-Rock than you do that fresh Garage sound. Keep that in mind, and feel for the subtle undertones with raw flavors. It feels like a general Punk atmosphere, but within the album it transcends onto its own firm ground.

Unlike The Seven Poison Wonders, the album contains much more than falsettos and earthy tones. They're in there, but they're details. Even when it feels redundant, the music is evolving. Today's track is just a scene emerging from another, waiting its course to present you with the next puzzle piece.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/10/night-beats-sonic-bloom.html
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If today's track catches your attention at all, you might just wanna take a peek at the album. It might fit you like a glove, or it might repulse you before you get to enjoy it. All I know for sure is if you're already inclined, and enjoy an elaborating album, you'd be foolish not to listen.

You'll hear those trippy distortions, some occasional discordant sounds, and the transitions of every "flaw" coming together to form fresh and unpredictable sounds. The only true flaw the album has is the fact that it can be so easily forgotten. Maybe it's not catchy enough, but what I did notice was that it made every re-listen that much better. Try it out, here's a not-so-great stream; enjoy.
Social interaction lead me towards Mirza Zaza, a Spanish Rock band that aims towards a commercial audience without suppressing much of their talent. They keep it as simple as they can without getting as bored as the large audiences would prefer.

Today's track is my favorite, and a single from the EP. It's got the commercial flair while maintaining some sweet patterns and times that give the song depth. It shows their capabilities pretty well; if you're not into it by the first 45 seconds, it's probably not for you.



This is similar to the stuff that's shoved out of the radio in bulk, but Mirza Zaza do their part to stand out. It's not just the Spanish lyrics, it's decent percussion and an overall awkwardly 'Popped' out sound that tie everything together and complete it.

Unique? Not entirely; it's just a familiar sound that lends itself to your happiness. You'll feel it build up when you tap your shoe and hum along to the chorus melody. Sure; maybe they should work more on defining their sound. However, what they've got going for them right now tickles my interests; if nothing more.

http://www.d4am.net/2013/09/mirza-zaza-atlas.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp
At 5 tracks in length (with one 7 minute track in the middle of it all) the release treads lightly on the line between EP and short album. Personally I would've added a track to it all, topped it with an emotional ending, and shown it to the world as a full release. But then that's me, and that's only because I couldn't have taken 15 more minutes of the album in the direction it was heading.

It was a decent album, it was just too close to mainstream all throughout. The talent shows, but it's too much, and it feels worse and worse as the album progresses. It was still worth listening, it was still well enjoyed, but I fear the future releases won't be worth raving about if they don't work on their flaws from this one.
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