The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
RIYL- Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes
Track 6- A Moment’s Grace
Track 8- Back Down the Black
Boy and Bear have been dubbed as the Australian Mumford and Son’s. Upon first listen, every amateur music listener would probably think the same thing. After listening through the album a few more times, you’ll be able to tell the two bands apart and recognize their unique sound.
Their sophomore album topped the charts in Australia, and for good reason. Every song on this album tells a story. The work as a whole gives off a warm, fuzzy sound. There are times throughout the album when you can just feel the pressure building. I found myself waiting for the band to explode into heavier rock riffs but as soon as this anticipation builds up, it dies back down again. In some cases, this would be bad for a band, but I think in the case of Boy and Bear, it works quite nicely. On “Back Down the Black,” the lyrics describe a sort of struggle with what I’m guessing to be drugs. The lead singer describes what it’s like to be scared for someone you love. “There'll be change 'cause this one's too big not to see, but brother you're scared and I'm scared when you're scared 'Cause you ain't supposed to be.”
Its witty lyrics like this that make the album worth listening to. Although it may seem, instrumentally, that the album may drag on, the wordplay and lyrics are what distinguish this album as a success and not a failure.
RIYL – Childish Gambino, Drake (Take Care) , LL Cool J
Track 3 - Dreamer
Track 6 - Gone
Track 10 - Lion’s Den
As a hip-hop artist, writer, and co-creator of Morburn, the Montreal MC L.E.S.’ complex lyricism flows well with the combination of southern bounce and rap. After emerging on the scene in 2008, L.E.S. gives more than what you can expect out of an artist.
The laidback feel and smooth flow of “Dreamer” and “Gone” are the Drake songs of the album. As L.E.S. tells the “baby, don’t leave me because I know I messed up” story, the flow of R&B mixed with his insane lyrics will have you in a trance that’s impossible to get out of.
Soon the album rises to his MC status giving us what he is known for. The track “Lion’s Den” shows MC style that L.E.S. is becoming known for. His dope beat with a gangsta, schizophrenic flow creates a latitude higher than what we want out of a rapper.
If you listen to the album here is a tip: DO NOT SKIP AROUND! The Genesis is one album where one track flows into the next. If you like discovering new hip-hop and are down with a freestyle, L.E.S. will not disappoint.
WSBU's Andrew Bevevino interviews Larry Hochwald,
author of the newly released book Not From
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Mixtape Vol. 1, has a distinct sound to it flowing perfectly together with every song. The songs do not sound the same which gives it a good feel. You will feel like you're walking on the moon.
"Pusher" is the perfect song to be listening to when floating in outer space. The main guitar riff throughout the song takes you on a journey to another plant and the light voices in the verses and chorus give it a dreamy feel. There is definitely a huge Radiohead influence in this song.
"Mechanical Arms" starts off crying out to someone with the light guitar riff and the piano playing in the background. Then it takes you into a roll of of the drums giving it a Young the Giant feel. Even though there is no real structure to the song, it still draws you in right away.
"Keep" is the epitome of this album. It sums up their sound throwing you the drums and singing right away, but also giving it a light punk feel to it. Young the Giant must have been helping them write this album. This song takes me back to that summer feeling. The chill noise of the violin and viola duel brings you right back to walking on the moon like the beginning of the album did. The flow of this album is quite awesome.
RIYL - Dragonette, Sleigh Bells, Kitten
At first listen, one could easily mistake Little Daylight for Dragonette. The band first began in 2012 by creating remixes for groups including Passion Pit and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Now with their EP Tunnel Vision, Little Daylight proves it can hold its own in the electro-pop genre with the release of five songs that will be difficult if not impossible to forget.
The opening track “Overdose” begins with driving downbeats to provide the upbeat and dance feel that is present throughout the EP. Subtle synths that slowly build as the track progresses enable lead singer Nikki Taylor to shine as she carries the refrain, much like Dragonette’s frontwoman Martina Sorbara. We even hear electro-dance similarities to that of the band Kitten; Little Daylight couldn’t have chosen better influences.
The third track “Treelines” slows things down just a bit by mixing synthesizers with the quiet sounds of nature; we hear birds chirping and the sounds of leaves rustling. This relaxing track does not last long however, as the band once again incorporates downbeats to start the song off right as an electric melody sets up Nikki Taylor’s infectious vocals.
Although Little Daylight is not yet that well-known, Tunnel Vision indicates that this is a band to keep tabs on as the years progress. If they are starting off this strong, it’s only a matter of time before they are rivaling bands like Passion Pit and Dragonette. Add Little Daylight to your iTunes library, and you won’t be disappointed.
A Week in music brought to you by the music staff:
Artist Track Album Contributor
- Walking Shapes "Keep" Mixtape Vol.1 Gabriel LaMarca
- The Rubens "My Gun" Self Titled Matthew Hoey
- Crystal Fighters "Wave" Cave Rave Kirk Windus
- Little Daylight "Overdose" Tunnel Vision Morgan Statt
- Artic Monkeys "R U Mine?" AM Matthew Hoey
- Bike Theif "Battles" Ghost of Providence Kirk Windus
General Interest Meeting
Thursday, September 5 @ 7:00 PM
Good luck to all of the freshmen moving in this weekend.
We at at the Buzz would like to invite you all to the station on:
Sunday, August 25th from 1:30pm- 2:30pm for the
Freshmen Day of Involvement
We can't wait to meet you all! #GetBuzzed
What: WSBU Movie Night
Where: Murphy Aud
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
See you there!