MY TOP 5 … FIVE FAVORITE SONGS THIS WEEK … by Sabrina A.

Be My Mistake
The 1975

What I think might be the sweetest song off the new alum from the indie-pop band’s long awaited third studio album. The soft acoustic guitar with the melancholy strumming pattern reminds me personally of songs Matty has done in the past such as 102 and She Lays Down. The guitar is so beautifully done, listeners can get absorbed immediately by the calming sound of the guitar. Matty’s voice comes in with an exclusive sound which can give you a feeling as though you’re sitting right next to the band as they record this piece. There is this everlasting personal piece to this song that makes you feel like you’re seeing it live or with the band sitting right there. I truly hope that when the band comes around for touring, they will consider throwing this song onto their setlist as it already sounds elegant from recordings and I would love to see their take on the song live.

Anyways
Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner’s eccentric production from Tranquility Base flows through to this song which acts like a B-side to the title track Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. This song has so much going on it and is so packed with production that can knock anyone’s socks off with one listen. Right off the bat, the contrast of Alex’s voice with the guitar is so flawlessly done, it’s mesmerizing to me how Alex can manage to make every song flow with one theme and stick with that theme even beyond album tracks. But it’s not only the flow of this song that catches my attention. The production is so clear on Alex’s voice, there isn’t a single thing off on the way he sings his words. If you have ever seen the band live, you know of Alex’s peculiar yet enthralling act which he delivers every concert, this song matches Alex’s attitude with lyrics fitting his personality almost seamlessly. Alex has yet again delivered a song so out there yet so musically advanced, something that is true for any Arctic Monkeys song. You can never fall off this band as every song has you entranced by something new. Alex has taken us by surprise with this release and yet again delivered superior quality in his work.

Faking It
Sasha Sloan
Sasha’s production takes me by surprise every time I hear one of her songs. For an indie artist with little songs on platforms, you would never imagine such an astounding piece of music coming from her name, but this song proves everyone doubting her wrong. Right off the bat, Sasha has a unique and noticeable sound, she has an interesting reverb to her voice, but it is clear, and her production is top of the line matching ones of The 1975 or Arctic Monkeys. This song is catchy,something I can hear many people, whether fans or not, falling in love with. This will be a song that gets played almost everywhere. She has added the exact touches into this song to make her really explode on the music platform.

LIKE A ROCKSTAR
Chase Atlantic
Keeping consistent to their usual sound, Chase Atlantic released this song that is catchy yet interesting. There are so many aspects to this song that are very popular in music overall but the way that the band has been able to interlock in some unique drum tracks here and there along with melodies that are quite unusual to hear is exclusive to their sound and follows their aesthetic. This song is no different and includes some of the best vocal arrangements from the band I have heard yet.

whatare you so afraid of
XXTENTACION

Following alongside The 1975’s song, this song is an acoustic piece off of the rappers newest album SKINS. I personally love the take on this song as the singing is slurred, a common melody-line for xxtentacion, but has this beautiful strummed out guitar in the background which sticks with the whole song and is the only instrument played. The whole song in total has such a beautiful feel to it. It’s one of those songs that I can see true fans of the artist really falling in love with as they can pick apart all of the musicianship that x has put into this piece of art.

-Sabrina A. 

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MY TOP 5 … FIVE FAVORITE SONGS THIS WEEK … by Sabrina A.

Follow My Girl
The Japanese House

In preparation for her new album, female singer and artist The Japanese House has yet again released an elegantly done single matching her inviting yet calm sound. The reverb on her voice has such a interesting echo to it, one that is so unique to her. In this song, I personally love the production. She has included so many interesting background instrumentals that really tie the whole song together giving it a completely full sound. The more you focus onto this song the more you hear the musicianship is so well done by her. The way she includes these captivating background sounds throughout the song allow her to grasp your attention and force you to focus to every aspect of the song.

Lookalike
Conan Gray

Conan Gray once again showed his stunning talent and skills with this song. Conan has such a way of creating a clear sound to his vocal, one that is strong but does not overpower the instrumental taking over the whole song. One thing I have noticed from each song, his sound is just so appealing and clear that it resonates with you even after the song is finished and this song is no different in that sense. Everything from his pleasing vocals to the interesting, calming instrumental is superb.

Away We Go
Bad Suns

The instrumental of this song is something that captured my attention right off the bat. The upbeat feeling to the song makes the sound something that is a total feel good vibe. The way the song has a mixture of an acoustic guitar along with these cheerful electric guitar riffs playing through sections of the song makes this song a total feel-good upbeat tune. Another noted aspect of this song is the interesting echo reverb set on the singer’s voice. The vocals is something that always captures my attention throughout the song and the consistent echo-y effect in this song makes the song have an extremely unique and intriguing sound.

Family Tree
Ezi
The instrumental section of this song has a total new-age r&b feel but the way Ezi comes in with these old blues-rock type of soul vocals that we would hear from singers such as Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse, it really makes the song different from what we normally hear. There are many aspects of this song which really catch the attention of all listeners but I think the major note to be made here is Ezi’s vocals which held my attention throughout the whole song as her voice really shines through production-wise.  

Givin’ Up
Emarosa

I love when bands are able to change their style slightly but still kill it with their music and this song has done exactly that for Emarosa. The band used to be this post-hardcore style but this song has changed what they will be known for completely making and indie/alternative sound for themselves. I know this may veer many fans away from the band but I believe this is one of the best indie songs out there currently. The guitar is easy yet catchy. The drumming is consistent and the beat is upbeat enough to make you want to dance around. I love how they included a small horn solo towards the middle of the song as this aspect is something you never quite hear and really emphasizing it was an interesting touch to include. I do believe the instrumental is a tad overpowering on the vocals but there are many other aspects of this song which I think block of that tiny impurity.

– Sabrina A.

INTERVIEW WITH … WILDERADO

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In the basement bar of Music Hall of Williamsburg a couple days ago, I got the chance to sit down and chat with the indie band Wilderado. We chatted about all things ranging from the start of the band to their first ever album. The band later performed an unbelievable show as an opener for the psychedelic, eccentric band Sure, Sure. Read below to hear more about what Wilderado band told us about their past, present and future.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you guys start off by telling me how Wilderado came together as a band?
Yeah! Three of us went to college together [total of 4 members]. Two of us are from Texas and two of us are from Oklahoma. We all started out in LA. We all ended up out there and started playing music [together] and next thing you know we were recording songs up at a house in Malibu. Now three of us are married, two of us are back in LA while two of us are back in Tulsa and we’re just writing and touring pretty constantly.

Where did you guys go to college in Texas?
Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Three of us attended that school.

You guys have been touring with Sure Sure for a little bit now, is there a connection between the two of you guys that made you two want to tour together?
Our agencies just linked us up. It’s pretty unromantic. But there’s a lot of connection going on between us now. We really love those dudes. Very, very beautiful people. Quite honestly, it has been one of the more fun trips just because of them. I think we’ve had a lot of fun just getting to know them. They’re sweet guys and easy to work with. So yeah, we’ve really enjoyed it.

Do you see a collaboration?
Oh man, I would. If they ever wanted to collaborate on something I would say yes pretty fast.

And you’re just touring the US on this leg of tour?
Just the states but we are going all over the place. We started in San Diego and going as far as Boston and then end in LA. We will be hitting 23/24 towns. It’s cool to see new places. In 30 days.

You guys are embarking on a tour across the United States, do you have favorite locations? Is there a specific reason as to why?
Ah, New York for sure. We have a pretty good draw here. We have a sort of romantic connection with it. It was kind of one of the first things we did, we came to new york. There is also kind of this buzz around coming to this city with a purpose so it feels cool to be coming to this city to be playing a show. You know, like this world class, world famous city, putting on a show is pretty fun to do here. It feels like a bit of an honor. To be coming all the way up here [from Oklahoma and California] to be playing a show is special.

What have you guys enjoyed most so far on this leg of tour?
This leg, like where we are right now, I mean this is the part of the tour where the set start to really feel good, you start feeling confident, reactionary rather than trying to remember your parts. I’ll say it over and over again but, honestly, the best part of this tour so far has just been hanging out with this band [Sure Sure]. It’s just been fun to watch them, they’ve been cool and it’s fun to watch them, learn from them, hear them. Their music is just really sophisticated.

You guys don’t have an album out yet, correct me if I am wrong here.
No, we just have EP’s.

Can we expect an album sometime soon from you guys?
Yeah, I mean it’s something we are working on but we don’t just want to put out a record to just put out a record for its own sake. I think right now we are really just collecting songs, and writing, and touring but for sure that’s the idea. We are all very romantic about it, we want Wilderado LP 1 very badly, it’s a huge goal.

Who are your musical influences?
I think for the band it’s a lot of Third Eye Blind, Kings of Leon, and real early Coldplay. Crosby Stills and Nash. It’s a lot of thing honestly.

If you collaborate with any artist dead or alive to write a song who would it be and why?
Max:
Miley Cyrus! I wanna sing with Miley, I wanna know what it’s like. I’m dead serious. I think she’s awesome.
Tyler:
I may be saying this because we just saw Paul McCartney, but I think George Harrison. I’ve always liked his solo stuff and the way he told stories about himself. I think he had a lot of influences on the guitar melodies and guitar lines we’ve wrote.
Colton:
Since you brought up The Beatles, I think Paul.
Justin [Drums]:
I’m just gonna agree there with The Beatles!

– Sabrina A.

SURE SURE x WILDERADO // MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

Last week I got to spend my Saturday night surrounded by some great people and even better music. Sure Sure with supporters Plastic Picnic and Wilderado wrapped around to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to play venue Music Hall of Williamsburg for Halloween weekend. The bands delivered some incredible music to the crowd that left me quite astonished. The show they put on was just so well produced and was so good for just an indie band barely making it in this scene.
Indie band Sure Sure got alternative underground band Plastic Picnic to open for them for this specific date. Although this band [Plastic Picnic] hadn’t been touring all the dates with Sure Sure and Wilderado, they are definitely to be noted when discussing this show. Plastic Picnic, for being a band with little to no releases, proved themselves to be such an interesting band. The band have a unique guitar sound that is intricate and interesting compared to other alternative-music sounds, the band matches this with a deeper vocal composition which is uncommon to hear against the chorus pedal on a guitar. The band has a remarkably unique sound to them but it’s not the only thing that caught my attention. The band had such a good stage presence. With their involvement in the crowd, you could tell the band is filled with people who care for the music and for those who support their dream to become something. Check out their photos and their links below:

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The next band to find their way onto the stage with rough low-lighting was Wilderado. I got the chance to speak with the band in a personal interview before the show, I can’t wait for you guys to see what the band had to say when talking about the future of the band. The idea of an album release from these guys is so exciting to be discussing, especially after seeing what this band had to offer for us last Saturday. Wilderado are the perfect mixture of indie and rock with an almost country/blues touch to the vocal structure of the lead singer Maxim. It’s something I have hardly seen a mixture of in the indie scene but I personally love the band’s sound and I think they are going to be blowing up on their first album which is in the making. Wilderado were another band that took me by surprise this night as I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away by what the band had shown us that night with their musicianship. Stay tuned for the interview here at ‘The Reclusive Blogger’ and check out the photos I got of their set below.

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The last band of the night to come out for the show was Sure Sure. If i wasn’t already blown away by the other two acts, then Sure Sure had definitely done it for me. The band has a fascinating and distinctive sound to them. Sure Sure has a total indie rock vibe to them following suit to the aesthetic of the whole show but the way they also connect these enthralling psychedelic synth and keyboard sounds to mix with the delicate guitar that is so prodigious was something that caught my attention instantly. The guitar is something that has to be noted as the guitarist was someone who pulled the band together with the complex yet captivating sounds he produced. The riffs of the guitar were out there when it comes to something that is delicately crafted and given thought to. The way the band connected the guitar, at times, to the synth was interesting but the idea alone of the skill level of the guitarist is something that must be noted. This guy seriously knows what he is doing, the guitar is absolutely one of the best concepts of this band. To tie it together, the band had a great image and too small of a following for who they are. Sure Sure is another band, with their first album release, who are going to be blowing up the scene. The band is just simply so talented and already mesmerizing attracting large crowds. I can see such a bright future for this band and can’t wait to hear and see more. You can view their photos below …

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– Sabrina A.

MY TOP 5 … FIVE FAVORITE SONGS THIS WEEK … by Sabrina A.

6.18.18
billie eilish

Billie’s melodic speech piece together with the usage of minor meancing piano chords blending together in the background create 6.18.18 into a dark yet loving tribute to xxtentacation.

Crush Culture
Conan Gray

With hints of Troye Sivan spilling through the very roots of this song, you can tell that “Crush Culture” is going to bring Conan to the next level in the industry. The song also hints at some 1975 songs such as “Menswear”. With Conan’s releases getting greater and greater production wise, this song shows that he has a clear understanding of what he wants to get across vocally as well as instrumentally.

1980s Horror Film II
wallows

1980s horror film has always been my favorite by Wallows so to hear them remaster it like this has actually made my week so much better. The way the band had taken an originally acoustic and rough grunge song and made it into something you would hear at a houseparty or on the radio nowadays really shows their musicianship. The band included instrumental sections that were so unique to me and I am sure to any listener. They included some psychedelic type sounds as background music into this song making the song so much different yet still keeping the songs’ original grunge and rough vocal production. This edit of the song is honestly one of the coolest things I’ve heard in the past month and gets me more excited for what Wallows have to offer in the coming future!

all the way
joan

If you have been looking for a truly underground indie band right now, then Joan is what you want. The song “All The Way” holds an interesting guitar riff throughout the song along with a heavy chorus and guitar sound. The matching drum beats and claps in the background. Along with it’s catchy verses and choruses, great lyrics to natch all come together for an interesting song.

Last Goodbye
zoey lily

This song became one of my favourite slower songs in the matter of seconds. Zoey Lily’s voice in this song, and really in all of her songs, is just so unique with her slight accent peeking through at certain sections. Zoey Lily’s use of melancholy chords mixing in with her soft voice that has crisp production, making it clear for the listener to hear her every word is the perfect combination to captivates listeners having you cling to every word she sings in this song. The mixture of deep drum beats to the lightly played piano chords in the background is enough to make this song feel deep giving the song so much feeling. Zoey Lily is a definitely a young singer who is able to get her message across.

– Sabrina A.

REEL BIG FISH // ANTHOLOGY IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

California based ska punk band Reel Big Fish brought their high energy show fromThe Tickle My Tiki Torch Tour around to the people of Rochester, New York. The band played the rock venue Anthology on Saturday (10/20/18) to a crowd ranging of all ages. This is something that I truly love about the band as they don’t only attract their older crowd from the 1990’s, the year in which they surfaced the scene, but they also attract a crowd of teens, sometimes even younger, as the band is overall just a good time for everyone. They are one of the only bands I know of which have a horn section and yet get crowd surfers for every single song.
I got the pleasure to see the band for the second time around but this time playing their own show for an overpacked venue, the most crowded I think I have seen the 1,000 person capacity music hall. The set ranged from newer songs to songs off of some of their first few albums the band even played some covers of classics which everyone knows. From start to finish, everyone was moving and there wasn’t a single song where people stood still. Overall, I am excited to hear what the band offers us with their newest release which will mark their 29th release as a Reel Big Fish. Stay tuned for more to come from the band and check out some of the photos I took last Saturday!

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– Sabrina A.