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Cameron

Shy, Low
Hiraeth

Bre

Chance the Rapper
Acid Rap

Stevo

Wildlight
The Light

Javier

The Internet
Ego Death

Jacob

Goldlink
And After That, We Didn’t Talk

Taylor

Mild High Club
Timeline

Cameron

Air
Moon Safari

John

Son Little
Son Little

Kevin

The Inkspots
The Very Best of Inkspots

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The Japanese House- Clean EP- Album Review

Artist: The Japanese House

Album: Clean EP

Labels: Universal Music Group, INTERSCOPE, Dirty Hit

Release Date: November 6th, 2015

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If there could be any artist that pairs with The 1975, it would be Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House. On Bain’s second EP of the year, Clean holds many repetitive lyrics, simple but soothing synths, and reverbed vocals. In many ways, her voice sounds similar to that of Imogen Heap, who is most famous for her song “Hide and Seek”.

The EP begins with an ambient, synth-heavy title track with altered vocals that are quite difficult to decipher. Saxophone samples are injected into the chorus, much to Matty Healy and The 1975’s pleasure. The next track, “Cool Blue,” begins with guitar plucking and vocals, then later incorporates the synths.

“Letter By The Water” continues Bain’s serenade and her heavenly chill-wave vibes. The final track, “Sugar Pill,” flows to a crescendo and before you know it, the song is over. This EP takes your mind on a journey, perhaps to a riverbank where the creeping fog hangs low over the water and there is a soft bite in the air. The scarf you decided to wear protects your nose and ears from the chill, but continuously fogs up the bottom corners of your eyeglasses. Despite the inconvenience of the scarf and the chill that begins to rattle your bones, you stay until your lover sits beside you and pulls you close. If an EP could become personified, that is what The Japanese House has successfully portrayed, and I love it.

Review by Kacie Gin

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Grimes- Art Angels- Album Review

Artist: Grimes

Album: Art Angels

Label: 4AD

Release Date: November 6th, 2015

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Claire Boucher, more commonly known as Grimes, has done it again. Grimes pulls synth beats and angelic vocals together create the manic-pixie dream girl that she epitomizes. In her first release since 2012, Grimes pulls the sexism out of the music industry and smashes it with a glitter-covered axe in Art Angels. To prove to the head hancho producers that she could, the entirety of her most recent release is coated with 24 karat gold, brought to us via glistening white horseback.

The fourteen track LP begins with an introductory instrumental song, roughly two minutes in length, followed by the power pop we know and love. “California” connects the high pitched vocals to catchy, happy-go-lucky synth beats. Chills run down my spine during the chorus where she hits close to the heart as she sings “didn’t think you’d end up treating me so bad” and “the things they see in me, I cannot see in myself.” Yes, I have a huge crush on Claire Boucher.

Later comes her single off of the album, “Flesh Without Blood,” Where her power pop tactics blow your eardrums into the next millennium, and possibly even further. She blows off the boys pawing after her in the chorus, where she screams at them “You never liked me anyway, I don’t see the light I saw in you before, and I know I don’t care anymore.”

“Kill v. Maim,” the sixth track, brings out the inner testosterone of Boucher as she temporarily changes genders explaining that “I’m only a man,” and “I do what she can”. Cute soul-breaking vocals quickly turn resent-ridden in this track, and I can only imagine this music video as her playing this track in front of a panel of unamused men, then animatedly blowing them away as if in a comic book.

The rest of the album blows by in a blur of powerful vocals and beautifully layered synth work. Girl power pop has never sounded so, well, powerful. Claire Boucher has pulled us all to the dark side, or more commonly known as the better side. Art Angels brings together everything that I love about this woman, and we couldn’t have asked for a better album. Yes, I am biased because of my aforementioned huge crush on Grimes, but that does not mean that this LP in its entirety is anything less than superb. Go, my friends, and grace your ear holes with the voice of an angel

Review by Kacie Gin

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