Lilac Lungs – Eventide (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Lilac Lungs
Album: Eventide
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 257 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Lilac Lungs debut album Eventide will be out May 12th, and in a word it is a stunner. Switching back and forth between ethereal and more rock/alternative songs the band has come out with a record that other musicians would kill for.

Though the more ballad type of songs are beautiful in their own right, this reviewer found herself a bit more attracted to the bouncy alternative tracks that really showcase lead singer Emily Torres’ vocal abilities which put her in the league of Paramore’s Haley Williams.

Anxiety and depression are a large theme covered on the LP but it is never more felt than on “Guard Dog.” It has an atmospheric opening akin to a black hole swallowing one up before the pop/alternative melody kicks in. Torres speaks about shortness of breath and honestly puts forward the notion that “the real danger here is anxiety.” What Lilac Lungs does so well is putting a dark subject matter in front of a peppy melody. It’s a toe tapper but with a deep undercurrent and that in itself is something that makes this track standout. Lilac Lungs have created a pretty accurate depiction of dealing with anxiety and fear which will make it wholly relatable to many listeners, connecting with their fans. Towards the end there are layered vocals that give the tune an even more dynamic sound and round out the genius of the tune. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the LP.

“Welcome to the Fallout” is full of clever rhyming schemes on the verses such as “left with a bad taste/got to pick up the pace/face what I have inside.” Once again it is about examining one’s self through rocky patches and has an edgy rock attitude that is most clearly heard on the energetic chorus. It is here where Torres voice shines the most on the entire LP, passionate and lovely full of emotion. “Fighting my chills,” Torres sings and goes back and forth between slower and a more sped up delivery throughout the entire song. This seesaw effect mimics the lyrics that Torres is putting forth full of rawness. At times Torres even uses a whispered tone with an echoed effect to get the songs message across even more as she gives listeners some words of advice of seeking out people who “fear all the things you do.” It’s powerful and definitely will leave a lasting impression.

The absolute best moment on the entire record is “Fine.” It’s our first introduction to the duel side of Lilac Lungs. It has an electronic background groove that one can’t help but bop their heads along to. The lyrics are spot on “she sleeps with her boots on in case the hurricane in her head breaks down the levy,” Torres starts the song off with, but the chorus has a much more positive look in which she repeats that things are going to be “just fine.” Torres’ vocals are strong and there’s a slightly 80s pop vibe here, sort of a classic Madonna mixed in with current Paramore sound and the result is spectacular. It’s the type of song that will get stuck in ones head and the cheerful outlook despite Torres acknowledging that life is full of dark times is a welcome change. All around it is a perfect tune and has the makings of being a big hit for the band.

It’s rare that a band comes out with such a strong debut, so check out Eventide and tell all your friends about this band before they become a household name.

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Ingrid Michaelson – Alter Egos (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Ingrid Michaelson
Album: Alter Egos
Genre: Pop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 104 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carried the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century. Befitting a musician of the digital age, Michaelson first gained wide exposure not through sales but instead through tracks on soundtracks, including Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Born and raised on New York’s Staten Island to an artist mother and classical composer father, she began exploring music with piano lessons at the age of four. After college, she toured with a national theater troupe and spent her free time writing songs, later compiling them into an online-distributed recording entitled Slow the Rain. Michaelson blazed her own trail by independently issuing her proper debut, the engaging Girls and Boys, in 2006; following the inclusion of her music in several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, she then released a remastered version of the album on her own Cabin 24 Records in January 2007. Three months later, she won a national songwriting contest sponsored by Mountain Stage, a radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed worldwide. “The Way I Am” was then picked up by Old Navy, who used it to soundtrack one of their clothing commercials, and Michaelson began making headlines as one of the country’s most promising independent artists. A benefit project comprising live recordings, new songs, and rarities, Be OK was released in 2008. Michaelson joined the Hotel Cafe Tour that fall in support of the album, whose proceeds went toward cancer research; she later toured Europe alongside Jason Mraz. For her “proper” follow-up to Girls and Boys, Michaelson retreated to a Manhattan studio alongside producer Dan Romer. Forty newly composed songs were whittled down to a total of 12, with more emphasis being paid to the songwriter’s peppier material. Featuring a string section on several songs, 2009’s Everybody proved to be Michaelson’s most expansive, confident effort to date, and she followed its release with another cross-country fall tour. In 2012, she returned with her fifth studio album, Human Again, with production from David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Stevie Nicks, the Bangles) and featuring the single “Ghost.” It earned critical praise and performed better on the charts than any of her previous albums. The follow-up, Lights Out, appeared in April 2014, featuring a number of songwriting collaborations and guest appearances including Mat Kearney, A Great Big World, and then-husband Greg Laswell. In the spring of 2016, Michaelson teased her seventh album with the hooky breakup single “Hell No,” which she co-wrote with country songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird. The album, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, appeared in late August of that year and featured more intensely personal material than her previous LP. She followed up in May 2017 with a companion EP titled Alter Egos, which featured reinterpretations of songs from the album and included guest appearances from Tegan and Sara, Lucius, Sara Bareilles, and others. ~ Katherine Fulton & Andrew Leahey

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The Wooden Sky – Swimming In Strange Waters (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: The Wooden Sky
Album: Swimming In Strange Waters
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 242 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Swimming In Strange Waters is The Wooden Sky’s second release for Nevado Music and the first one that will come out in tandem with their home country of Canada. The band worked with John Agnello (Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile) on this album.

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Lowercase Noises – The Swiss Illness (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Lowercase Noises
Album: The Swiss Illness
Genre: Ambient
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 182 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Lowercase Noises is Andy Othling, an ambient/instrumental music producer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Andy’s music is a unique blend of ethereal guitar sounds coupled with the occasional use of other more earthy instruments including banjo and harmonium.

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