The indie, synthpop band, Patternist, made its beginnings in the progressive, overcast Portland. Patternist’s music can be enjoyed on rainy days spent inside or driving downtown on a chilly night with gleaming city lights and brisk air streaking across your face. Their new EP, “Give It Up”, offers the listener a chance to be introspective. The drum tracks underneath “Too Fast” mimic the beating of your own heart, letting the music and lyrics resonate and pulse within you so you can put your own story with the words. The heavy synthesizer present in all the tracks lacks anything but emotion. The layered, repeated rhythms remind the audience of bands like St. Lucia or CHVRCHES. With the electronic percussion providing the vulnerable bass line, the synthesizer adding the forward motion, and the pure, whole tone of Gabe’s vocals, you want to jump in the car with your closest friends and roll down the windows and take it a bit too fast. Having opened for acts such as Finish Ticket, Vinyl Theatre, and Lostboycrow, Gabe Mouer and his start-up, Patternist, are making their name known in the indie music world with their new EP.
After a year long hiatus, the flaming haired singer songwriter has returned to public eye. Ed Sheeran sent out a vague tweet this morning at 12:29 AM, keeping his promise of returning in a year by the minute, as he sent out his parting post exactly last year at the same time. The content of his message, a text-less light blue image (color #42b6e7 to be exact), leaves many questions, but seems to hint in the direction of a new release. If Ed has been taking notes from The 1975, Twenty One Pilots and Childish Gambino during his absence, a twitter/ social media transformation has become a way for artists to signify a new era in their music that is typically showcased through their newest album. Similarly, Sheeran’s ominous alteration to his Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook seems to follow in these footsteps. From what little we know about Ed’s activities during this hiatus, there has been a small but sufficient amount of evidence to prove he has been working on new music. Most info about Ed’s adventures have come from various Snapchats, mostly from his producer Benny. Various Sheeran fan accounts have been documenting his worldwide adventures during the […]
Gambino separates himself from his past, electro rap, hip hop albums with his newest release. You hear the rich, versatile, funk guitar pedals to begin “Redbone”. It’s the perfect clash between rhythm and blues, soul, and rap. However, you can still find the modern heavy synth undertones in “Me and Your Mama”. It’s that sweet spot that Gambino found by mixing the late 1960s with our 2010s. The church choirs and raspy lead vocals make the music that much more raw, vulnerable. And even once in a while, you’ll hear that signature, resonate ring from the xylophone. You receive the drums playing interlocking rhythms and the electric wah-wah guitars with their syncopated, seemingly “off-beat” riffs. It’s this on top of that undeniable funky bass line that makes it hard not to let loose. It’s difficult to not think about James Brown, the progenitor of funk, when you hear the screeching choruses in the forefront of many songs. Overall, you could say Glover is a connoisseur of all genres as he proves in his new album, “Awaken, My Love!”.
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