Doter Sweetly – Baby Boy

The Memphis-based musical project Doter Sweetly gives us a lo-fi and progressive musical arrangement on its single entitled “Baby Boy”. The unexpected change of its tempo on its halfway makes this song stand out and remarkable.

Max Gowan – My Kind (feat. Caroline White Of Infinity Crush)

Washed drum beats, strummed acoustics, and glitchy electro synths are the key ingredients of Max Gowan’s new song entitled “My Kind”. It’s heart-felt lyrics were sung by the artist’s breezy voice and a starry female backup vocals. This is the 7th track of his news album entitled “Last Companion”.

Huw and The Greater Good – Where To Start

The 5-piece alternative/indie/folk group Huw and The Greater Good’s new song entitled “Where to Start” start off with a lively 10 second intro which is followed by hushed vocals. Overall, this song’s upbeat tempo comprised of electro synths, ear candy guitar riffs and dynamic drum beats brings positive vibes.

Fantømex – Consent Agenda

Are you sleepy but still need to be awake to do some stuff?

Since most of us are still under quarantine, do you miss saying the sentence “woaaah, there’s so much happening right now”? 

Or do you just want some good music to listen to?

If you answered yes to any of my questions above then you should check out the debut album of the indie math punk band Fantomex, entitled “Consent Agenda”. This album consists of 11 tracks that would definitely challenge your earphones, headphones and speakers.

As an opener, “Yesterday Is Dead” brings amusement with Abigail Taylor’s sharp vocals. This song opens with a 15 second fuzzy guitar strum that seemingly says to its listeners “WAKE UP!”.

Followed by their second track “Bad Brakes” which is opened by a post-hardcore male vocal which gives an element of surprise. This song was followed by the tracks “Martha’s Favorite Color”, “Starbender” and “Postcard from Space”. These three songs have punchy and complex drum beats as their flagship element. They also have erratic vocal melodies that highlight their front man’s impressive vocal range.

“(Interlude)” marks the halfway point of this album. Again, another surprise has been thrown on our ears because after 5 tracks of chaotic sound, this band gives us a much slower and smooth sailing 6th track. The vocal harmonies in this song match the acoustic arrangement infused with some subtle electric guitar riffs. This is the shortest track in this album, and I wish it was longer.

Their 7th track “The Ballad of Black Phillip” gives us a shift of mood, introducing their heavy driving bass, drum beats and guitar loops. Its alternate playful male and female voice add to its flavor. Their intonation and conversational type of melody here was executed very well.

Followed by the tracks “Age of Man”, “Cinderella” and “Morning Glory”, high notes harmonized with deep somnolent male vocals are more often in these tracks which stirred up some memories from the earlier era of Paramore.

Their 11th and last track, “Two-Face (Words of Comfort Reserve for the Wealthy)” have lesser high notes, prominent mid-tempo drum beats and guitar strums. Its chorus goes phase shift with faster tempo while its bridge gives unexpected and yet smooth turn. Ingredients for a perfect song for your next playlist.

This album shows how Fantomex became adventurous in their sound. It’s diverse, heavy and gives a lot of fast rhythms. I really admire the sharpness, playfulness and range of their vocals which really matches their psychedelic and energetic arrangements.

Let’s all hope that we can hear more of this band in the coming months. For sure, they still have a lot to offer.

TERCELVOICE – Lie To Me

Tercelvoice’s newest single entitled Lie to Me starts off with a 30 second heavy intro composed of deep guitar strums, mid-tempo guitar riff and cymbals beats. It’s musical arrangement combined with the band’s voice are perfect music while having some vodka shots.

CHEEKBONE – Stranger

Playful guitar riffs and energetic drum beats are some of the key elements that made the Cheekbone’s newest single “Stranger” an ear candy. Listeners can definitely catch a summery vibes in this track, a perfect car song while having a long drive.

The Racketeers – Toothache

Growing up, I’m used to listening to my dad’s favorite songs. His jam is mostly from the 60s to early 80s which are gold and had an impact on my childhood. In fact, songs from the said era are one of my first karaoke songs as a kid. Full disclosure, some of them are still one of my karaoke songs up until the moment I’m writing this review.

I think this is the reason why the 2nd album of the four-piece band The Racketeers, which is entitled “Toothache” smoothly climbed its way into my head quickly. What I mean with “quickly” here is seven seconds. Yes, you read it right. Seven seconds.

The album’s opener “Sundown” gives its listeners a strong brit-pop vibe with some subtle touch of indie-rock. I can imagine this track as an unreleased song of one of the classic bands I like, The Beatles.

Followed by the songs “Half-hearted”, “Part of The Story” and “Glitter”, this band shows in these songs their impressive surfy guitar loops which are perfectly matched with their lively drum beats. 

The track “Hey Smile (It’s Been A While)” marks the half of this album. This is my personal favorite here because aside from its Beach Boys touch, incredible guitar riffs and on point harmonies, the lyrics are very relatable. Here’s some of its lyrics:

“But don’t go thinking you’re the one to blame
And don’t go thinking that you did it again
Hey smile, it’s been a while”

Perfectly followed by their 6th song which is a much slower track entitled “Orange and Hazy”. It has a surprising build-up on its midway to the end which is like giving us the treat of 2 flavors of ice cream in one cup.

Next are the songs “Make a Break” and “No Show”. These songs merged folk and rock genres perfectly. Moreover, there are a bit more vocal harmonies to these tracks which made it more ear candy. The “ohhh” parts in the “No Show”  kinda melted my heart specially that it was followed by moving lyrics. Here are my favorite lines in this song:

“Now, I might not seem to be exactly what you expected me to be
Now, I don’t know what to say, hoping that I’ll see you today”

I wonder if this band had a glimpse of my journal. Hmm.

Their 9th and last track on this album is entitled “Climbing Walls”. This time, this band uses slower tempo, simpler guitar strums and relatively fewer vocal harmonies. This song seems to have more personal lyrics compared to their previous tracks. I think the lyricist wore his heart on his sleeves while writing this piece.

In conclusion, if you love songs having a 60’s vibe infused with modern twist and relatable lyrics, this album is definitely a must try. I think I can complement this all day, but it would be better if you’ll just try them by yourself.

You can check them on major music platforms such as Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music. If I were you, I would check them out right now and wouldn’t miss one of the best 27 mins of my life.


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