The End is not the End – House of Heroes

I cannot praise this album enough, as it contains too much depth and joy to address fully here; just go listen to it. My personal favorite of the album is “Baby’s a Red”, their joyful, silly anthem about dating a communist under McCarthyism, with its bouncy shout-filled chorus and Beatles-esque solo, but you may wantContinue reading “The End is not the End – House of Heroes”

Jaime – Brittany Howard

This is an album of constant innovation, a prog rock slamdown full of otherworldly harmony and perfectly calibrated rhythms. From the constantly interesting guitar grooves of “History Repeats” to the cinematic zoom-out of “Run To Me”, this album is perpetually confusing and always pleasing to the ear. Playing jagged harmonies with gentle synths, sweet guitarContinue reading “Jaime – Brittany Howard”

Now, Not Yet – half-alive

This album is the kind of work I could gush over as a music theory guy, but its complexity is oh so very accessible. It’s got this Bastille/Sir Sly vibe, but it’s jam-packed full of complex jazz chords, Jacob Collier-style vocal harmonies, interesting rhythms, and Japanese Breakfast-esque engaging sound effects. They hit you with polytonalityContinue reading “Now, Not Yet – half-alive”

Twenty One Pilots – Twenty One Pilots

It was really tough to pick a TOP album to review, because I’m super into Vessel, especially the Kierkegaardian lyrics of “Car Radio” and the Mixolydian mode mixture of “Migraine”, and blurryface, especially the dissonant beat and fast rap of “Heavydirtysoul” and the fun-to-play classic rock ditty, “Tear in My Heart”. I just love theContinue reading “Twenty One Pilots – Twenty One Pilots”