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Lightning Love – Blonde Album

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Music, Reviews

You may be surprisingly delighted by this lovely little album by the brother-sister-friend trio known as Lightning Love.  They may not be quite my cup of tea, but what can I say?  They are adorable.  They have mastered the sound of simplicity with their latest, long awaited release Blonde Album. The minimal, carefully arranged, melodic tunes within counter the delicate twee pop with lyrics that expound a clear-eyed and unflinching look at the sorrows of love and life.  Like the new wave & Brit-pop groups that inspired the band, Lightning Love knows that the best way to swallow a bitter pill is to douse it in something sweet.

Essential Tracks:
I Know


House Of Bread is Rising

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Local

Photo by John Hartman

Hey, Fort Wayne.

I’m sure you are all quite aware of the bounty we have in this landlocked town when it comes to original local music.  Sure, you’ve got your Ted Nugent tribute bands like Dave Mustaine’s Long Lost Dad, and the always classy rastafarian doom metal outfit Bob Snarling and the Impalers.  I won’t even attempt to explain the awesomeness of the underground nu metal scene.  What I’m here to talk about today dear readers is Fort Wayne’s own House of Bread.  No, this isn’t that tasty bakery on South Calhoun.  This is the alternative dream pop outfit that’s been laying their tasty baked goods on our starved, salivating ears for nearly 7 years now.  Omar Afzaal of All Nite Skate, Castles and

The Alternative Review Point – Junk Culture – Wild Quiet

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Music, Reviews

Junk Culture – Wild Quiet

Known for his sample-based production talents, Deepak Mantena has decided to take up the singer-songwriter guise for his third album as Junk Culture on Wild Quiet. The album opener, “Oregon”, starts Wild Quiet out on a garage rock beat and then “Washington” closes the album with a very-fitting aquatic soundscape. The title track “Ceremony” is, oddly enough, not one of the standouts on the album. Instead, I suggest “Growing Pains” and “Indian Summer” as the essential tracks. Although his attempt at traditional song structure leaves something to be desired, open-minded music fans will be delighted with the sample-heavy blissful sounds. Even though at times his lyrics may seem very straight forward and simple, especially in comparison to his influences Atlas Sound, Caribou, and Animal Collective, I’m still very much anticipating Junk Culture’s musical maturity in his future endeavors.

Essential tracks:

Growing Pains

Indian Summer

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