Anna Burch’s Quit The Curse album took me by surprise as being one of my favorite albums of 2018 so far, possibly because it is one of the few albums I’ve listened to that I enjoyed. The indie-artist’s debut comes to life with the vintage sounds provided by the use of reverb and guitars.
Quit the Curse brings me summer vibes, with the joyous guitar strings and the energetic drums. I keep imagining 1960’s aesthetics with each song and I am in no way complaining because I love all things vintage. One of my favorites include “Belle Isle”, mostly because of the play on guitars which have a poppy melody that gives listeners an imagery of paradise. The opening of “In Your Dreams” had me swaying my head back forth on the beat of each drum. And of course, the angelic guitar intro was amazing. (If you can’t already tell, I love guitars). There were a few songs that lost my interest, possibly because of the monotone presence Burch displays in her songs. In the songs that I liked, her voice was paired perfectly with the instruments, which made me favor them more.
The entire album is composed of lyrics in which Anna Burch expresses her romantic disasters. The entire album gives off a Lana Del Rey sound, with Burch possibly taking inspiration from the mainstream-alt artist, as well as working with the her sound engineer. I listened to this album imaging myself standing up in a vintage car, with my hair blowing in the breeze on the California coast. I would definitely listen to this album again, for aesthetic purposes of course.
I’ve spent the entirety of my life in Fort Wayne, IN. Seventeen years watching the city go through transition. It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve really noticed a sense of pride within the community, that has grown with the improvements being made within the downtown arts and music scene. I collected a series of interviews from local musicians and business owners that exhibit the change that the city has gone through in the past decade and the fast-approaching changes the city is set to go under.
Earthtones marks Bahamas fourth studio album. The album has tunes where one can bop their head or tap their toes to, but nothing too hard where they’ll be out of their seats dancing unless of course they prefer this type of music to jam to.
The album takes on a new form of indie, providing listeners with fresh r&b and soul with tracks like “So Free” and “Any Place” but it is tracks like “Alone” and “Everything to Everyone” that caught my attention with the heavy beats. “Alone” starts off very slow, but gives a taste of pleasantry with the background vocals provided by the band’s backup singer Felicity Williams. It moved me through the song, and I appreciated how the song ended with a heavy set of dreams. It set a tone for the rest of the album where drums would be essential in carrying out the tunes. Overall, the guitars in the album stand out for me, as they do in every album, because they help complement the R&B and Soul style that band has going on. Even though I wasn’t alive in the 70’s, the guitars create a sense of the groovy era.
Compared to their 2014 album Bahamas is Afie, which had a folk-style to it, displays the versatility of Bahama’s, enabling them to be inspired by any music and correctly projecting it to an audience. The soft vocals in Earthtones makes the album essential for days spent in coffee shops or even for fun elevator music. I personally do not enjoy music like this, but my ears were satisfied with what they heard.