Who Should Buy This: Fans of indie and alternative electronic music, those who appreciate sound composition, and introspective music listeners.
Genre: alternative, electronic, pop
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 6/10
(This is a technical rating, and the genre here does not require or place emphasis on lyrical technicality. It is well written, but the emphasis is not on complex or carefully constructed verbiage, so I couldn’t rightfully score it higher. That said, this score should not be taken as a deficiency.)
Sounds Like: Ra Ra Riot, St. Lucia, Strange Talk
Best thing About this Album: While there is a lot of diversity and range inherent in a project which includes so many different featured artists, this album is 100% seamlessly contiguous and thoughtfully flows in one clear, overarching motion.
One thing I wish was different: While I absolutely love all the transitions that tie the songs together, a few of them feel a touch too lengthy for me. (In all fairness though, that is probably because I am not appreciative of the nuance of the overarching narrative. I’m too impatient.) That being said, I am extremely thankful for the fact that the closing track is full peroration (at just under 4 minutes), and not merely a transitory clip.
Favorites: I Still Wanna Know, Unusual, Find a Way, Heavy
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
When the modern music listener thinks of an electronic dj/producer, chances are, they conjure up mental loops of overly-mechanized, unidentifiable effects, heavy beats, and otherworldly computer-generated sounds with no organic ties to a traditional acoustic framework. This is a sad state of understanding and expectation, because a good dj/producer — at the core — is someone who truly understands and appreciates the merit of acoustic sounds as well as their electronic manipulations, and knows how to blend them together, creating new sounds by layering the sonic elements of life and human-assisted computer generation.
This album is a beautiful example of electronic art that clearly has a human heart at its core. Though there is plenty of diversity, there is a strong point-of-view clearly guiding and directing the composition of skillfully produced music, and that’s what makes it special. That’s what connects us to the music. The nuance and subtleties threaded throughout this album give us a refined piece with a clear human spirit, but without giving up the fun or fantasy that is inherent and expanded within electronic music.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album. Take a look and then take a listen!
“Smoke in the air from where we let go it all.” — Fever (feat. KNA)
“Life is a mystery. Are you with me? There’s so much more to explore.” — I Still Wanna Know (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
“Nobody goes back home. Nobody stays the same.” — Nobody (feat. Chaos Chaos)
“We’re more beautiful when we’re unusual.” — Unusual (feat. MNDR)
“I wanna know you’re alright, but I don’t wanna know too much.” — This Song (feat. Rostam)
“On opposite ends of the country or noncontiguous states, we’re still within the boundaries of the Milky Way.” — No One Has to Know (feat. Joywave)
“You want it. You’ve got it. You take it, throw it away.” — The Beautiful Game (feat. St Lucia)
“Promised I would fix your broken part, so I carved a window to your heart.” — Johnny Cash (feat. Scavenger Hunt)
“It’s a shame I never fell again.” — It’s a Shame (feat. Pink Feathers)
“This love, just like a heartbeat, a rhythm, pulsating vibration. It’s wisdom. It’s creation.” — Be (feat. Jordan Corey)
“While everybody’s surfing, baby, I’ve been hurting.” — Heartbreak Summer (feat. K Flay)
“Find a way, find a way through the darkness.” — Find a Way (feat. ALICE MK)
“We’re all heavy with the weight of who we are.” — Heavy (feat. Karl Kling)
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting RAC by purchasing the album from his website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.