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Paul Bergmann “Romantic Thoughts”

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Paul Bergmann’s 5 track EP Romantic thoughts, released earlier this year on October 2nd, is his debut album into the music industry. This Folk artist has had many influences on his music such as Johnny Cash, and Woody Guthrie, and it shows in this album. His old 60’s soft rock core melodies stretch throughout all of his songs to complete a very well put together album. Harmonica solos echo through most of the tracks excluding Wishing Song, as Bergmann’s deep and powerful voice takes over the tune and rides through it. Track one, You May Never Know, is a nice intro track, setting the mood of the album. It guides the listener and provides a nice rhythm of acoustic melodies and classic guitar riffs and chords. Although it’s not as strong as the other tracks on the album, You May Never Know does an excellent job at introducing the listener to Romantic Thoughts, sparking interest and wonder into the rest of Bergmann’s compositions. Track 2, Drunk (Alone, And New), starts with a very nice 3 step beat that progresses along the song, never losing its upbeat mood. The song mixes complex lyrics and emotion to form a truly engaging piece. The use of harmonica at the end of the song helps transition to the next track beautifully. The third track, Wishing Song, is the climax of the album, and serves as good note to end the ep on, with a nice acoustic duet with Emily Kokal of Warpaint. The raw emotion and energy that’s radiates from this song is astonishing as both Kokal and Bergmann complement each other with sweet, deep humming through the melodies of the song. Track four of Romantic Thoughts, Ocean song, keeps the same pace as Wishing Song, but a little faster. It’s washboard like beat that keeps the song steadily moving on, compliments the songs classic sound. Ocean Song has a Frank Sinatra like tone, with deep and soothing lyrics, evenly composed throughout the tune. The last track on the album, Los Angeles, puts the listener in Bergmann’s city of Los Angeles. Describing his experiences and feelings towards the city, it seems that sadness and depression have dominated the mood of the song. With talking about dreaming, and getting drunk to escape from the reality of Los Angeles, although, oddly enough, Paul seems to have grown to enjoy Los Angeles even if everything around him as gone wrong. The deep, soothing hums of Bergmann call the song to an end, as the grand acoustic melody cascades to an end. Overall, I would give Paul Bergmann’s Romantic Thoughts an 8.5 out of 10. I say this because I believe that this album is amazingly well composed and has nice and soothing acoustic riffs. In the end, this EP truly shows the musical talent of Paul Bergmann, and I hope to hear more of his work in the future.

Depression Cherry by Beach House

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Between their first four albums the Baltimore duo Beach House has quickly become the “it” band for dream-pop. Victoria Legrand’s soft, angelic vocals seem to be the drug that hooks listeners in. So for their new record I didn’t expect anything but perfection. Although Depression Cherry is not what I would consider their best album, they do deliver. With more emphasis on the lyrics and guitar, this album contains a bliss that will keep you coming back for more. Tracks like “Sparks” can easily put you in a trance that slowly fades as the song builds. There are a few songs that tend to drag on like “Days Of Candy” and “Blue Bird”, but beyond that this album is just typical Beach House with a heavier flare. Although I did thoroughly enjoy the album I can’t say I didn’t expect more. I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be able to get by with releasing the same melancholy sound. Even though the album lacked diversity, it didn’t stop me from playing the album on repeat for days on end. In terms of quality, I’d give the album a solid 3.5 stars. Again, I expected something different but I can’t shake my love for this album.

“Beach Music” by Alex G

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Compared to Alex G’s other albums like “DSU” and “Trick” his latest piece “Beach Music” is a more refined approach to his sound. There isn’t anything noticeably different about this album compared to his others except its much cleaner and put together. While creating the album Giannascoli received help from a few friends including Jake Portrait from Unknown Mortal Orchestra who assisted mixing and mastering the LP. Although the vocals are not the strongest Alex G definitely delivers when it comes to creativity and cleverness. He often uses chords that contradict the rhythm of his songs like in “Look Out” and “Thorns”, but he manages to make it work. He also uses multiple instruments which provide the album with a variety of different sounds. The song “In Love” experiments with trumpets and the piano, while the song “Salt” uses different electronic elements. Poet David Berman graces the album with poetic components, creating an even darker appeal. Like his other albums, “Beach Music” contains a gloomier, dismal feeling, but tracks like “Bright Boy” help lighten it up a bit, especially towards the end of the album. Overall “Beach Music” is a great example of how Alex G has grown into a more distinguished artist and shows us just what we can expect from him in the future.

Neon Indian “Vega Intl. Night School”

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Today I will be reviewing the new album by Neon Indian, Vega International Night School. This album was just released October 16th on Mom and Pop music. This is their third album, with the other releases being 2009’s Psychic Chasms, and 2011’s Era Extraña.

This album has quite the backstory. After founding member Alan Palomo’s laptop, which contained several years’ worth of demos for the third Neon Indian album was stolen, he decided to work on other projects. This included music and soundtracks for other artists including an appearance in Terrence Malick’s film Lawless, and writing the score for the short movie Outer Osmo Ghost Mode. In 2014 he returned to Neon Indian, making the album I’m reviewing today. It was reported that Palomo made this album over the span of about 4 years as well.

Track 1, Hit parade, is interesting in terms of a song to start off the album. It is a one minute instrumental track that has a very unique sound. It reminds me of many songs, in particular the ending to the Beatles track Strawberry Fields Forever comes to mind. It is all quiet at first, then this wave of synth and sound hits you in the face. You don’t really know what to think, as it sounds somewhat frantic to me. After about 40 seconds, a beat comes in and it sounds rather funky, the synthesizers and bass compliment it well. There is a lot of complex sound for this song such as water. It all ties in for an interesting listening experience

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