Gawvi is a busy man. He works with many Reach Records artists as well as recently launching his solo career on Reach with two EP’s and his debut record We Belong. Gawvi is a beat specialist. Not to oversimplify the record, but there are two types of songs on here: songs that Gawvi sings in and songs that are filled by features.
Album Cover of the year so far for me. That’s how I want this review to start. I love everything about the cover from color choices to simple design to imagery to even the font of the band name and record title.
I don’t know exactly what is cliché. I usually think I do. And in those moments, if I’ve heard it before, that means it’s cliché. But I believe that nothing is completely organic or original. Yes there is nature in us, but we are also defined by what has nurtured us. Yet what I do when I hear something that does not sound different, I label it as not creative. I think this completely overlooks the uniqueness of each band and album. I also think it dismisses the immense amount of effort and skill goes into creating good music. Nothing is exactly the same, musically or lyrically. I need to stop condemning only small deviations as fatal flaws.
I have been waiting for a record like this for a long time. It’s a good feeling listening to this. But that good feeling I receive from being blessed by this record has come at a great cost, and that is something I do not want to take lightly.
A Will Away is a newer band on Triple Crown Records. There are two record labels out there for me that I always keep an eye out for: Triple Crown and RunForCover. These two labels find great musicians and seem to get the most out of them. So even when I listened to A Will Away’s lead single for this new record and felt let down, I knew to trust that there was a good reason why Triple Crown signed them. And I am glad I kept faith in the label.
Blanco was my favorite record of 2016. It was the first record by David Bazan I ever listened to and one that took a long time to sink in and for me to love. But to date, it is one of my favorite records of all time. So when I heard that less than a year later, Bazan was coming out with another record, I was both enthralled and tentative, understanding the difficulty of topping Blanco.
Hippo Campus is an indie-rock/indie-pop quartet from St. Paul, Minnesota and Landmark is truly a landmark debut release. It is a groovy record both fun and mature. Featuring bright and positive killers for warm summer afternoons are tracks like “Way It Goes”, “Vines”, and “Simple Season”.
Acceptance released their debut record Phantoms in 2005. 2017 feels a little late for a sophomore release, doesn’t it? Phantoms was an impressively unique pop-punk release. I was in 5th grade at the time of the release and gravitated towards standout tracks like “Take Cover”, “Different”, and “So Contagious.”
I just finished my seminary application and I must have listened to this record ten times in doing so. The reason why I love Heart Lion Lions’ debut If I Never Speak Again is because it is so constant and consistent. The record carries a steady and mostly upbeat rhythm. There is not a single bad song on it. It is solid through and through.
Did I take too long? Did I ask too much? I didn’t love you as much as I could and the silence is killing me now
I’m afraid I’ve spent the life I could have had in truth on cheaper thrills and placebo pills and quicker substitutes.
Find a thread to pull and we can watch it unravel. But this is just the start. We’ll find out who we are.