STAFF PICKS

Here’s a list of what our staff has been enjoying this week!

Sam
 BadBadNotGood
IV
Nicole
 Scout
nervous
Kacie
Catfish and the Bottlemen
The Ride
Chance
 Deca
The Ocean
Jose
 Xavier Wulf
Thunder Man
Jacob
F L A C O
GUNSFORGIRLS
Joe
 Michi
Michi
Mathieu
 Noname
Telefone
Miles
Emmalyn
#freetitties
Haidy
 Good Kid
Atlas
Peter
 Local Natives
Sunlit Youth
Kelsey
14316982_1048245168625364_5028398310253531632_nAphex Twin
Cheetah EP
Taylor
Mild High Club
Striptracking
Autumn
 Modest Mouse
This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Alex
artworks-000164162232-l3y0kz-t500x500Taku x Wafia
(m)edian
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L O N E R – Album Review

Blessing Chico with unadulterated talent, L O N E R delivers a transcendental sound that is altogether otherworldly. Entrancing vocalist Kelly Corfield draws the listener into a journey through the astral plane, composed of deep, ethereal beats by DMT. The celestial duo fuses elements of down-tempo beats, ambient house, jazz, and chill hip-hop samples, developing an underlying tension that engages the listener from start to finish.

Opening with airy vocals, gossam13220788_1798438543704336_3699800360708578042_oer samples, and deep beats, “trenches” establishes a meter for the album through L O N E R’s embellished fluidity and seamless transitions. Lyrics seem to effortlessly float over trip-hop grooves and listening will simply set minds adrift to revel in the musical æther. Traversing through emotions and brooding in delivery, “swine” brings out complex layers on both a musical and
personal level as an account of someone being subjected to societal interactions that are self-justifying.

Songs “mvmnt” and “entropy” strike chords that are borderline metaphysical in demeanor, playing on aspects of science that run parallel and deep within the human experience. Speaking to such matters, the vocals and ambience of both tracks hit on a soul-shaking level, drawing the listener in deeper into L O N E R’s essence. Then “piece (loathe)” and “hatred (loss)” trudge through heavy sentiments, speaking with passion and poignant expression. Being emotionally relevant and coupled with intricate rhythms, anyone will relate with similar feelings while indulging in the experience L O N E R creates for their audience.

Possessing an unparalleled uniqueness to their sound, L O N E R is certain to capture attention with the talent contained in their loner EP. Find their full EP for download under lonerca.bandcamp.com.

—Written by Nevada Inocencio

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The Traveler – Album Review

Artist: Jason Fahl

Album: The Traveler

Label: N/A

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Vibes, vibes, vibes! Chico State’s very own Jason Fahl comes through with them deep meditation vibes in his latest installment called “The Traveler LP”. An interesting concept right off the bat, all the tracks are named in Japanese and come with English translations. From the first to the last track it is a rollercoaster ride taking you through the greatest of heights and the deepest of depta2745790440_10hs.

The style is distinctly Fahl’s with hints of UK 2-step drums, deep synthesizers, and the occasional sample. The whole LP is strictly instrumental, but there is never a lack of appeal while listening to this project. The first track contains lovely vocals humming a melody, which quickly highlights the versatility Jason Fahl is capable of. Then the next track comes in with a koto and the one after that with a harp, which further adds to the aesthetic of “The Traveler”.

Never quite the same, but still equally soothing, “The Traveler” is a must add to any deep mediation/chill vibes playlist. If I were to take a guess, I would say Jason Fahl named this LP “The Traveler” because it takes you to another state, another planet, and at times even another realm.

Review by Jose Gonzalez

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