- freelance music journalist, contributing writer for Starpulse, music educator, composer
Brent Faulkner is an accomplished musician (multi-instrumentalist, B.A. in music education and M.M. in music theory/composition) and self-described Renaissance man. Faulkner is a music educator by day and music journalist/blogger by evenings/free time. Faulkner contributes to various sites including Starpulse and Pop Matters, as well as maintaining his own blog, brentmusicreviews.com. While music is Faulkner's lane, he also has/continues to review other products, notable books and technology, mostly on amazon.com.
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- Radcliff, KY
Overall a very nice record. The production is perfect - it has a moodiness about it. I also like when those driving synths kick in following the chorus/hook. The backing vocals do a nice job of accentuating the lead as well. Ultimately, this well-rounded; it reaches the emotional peaks when it should. Vocally, this is definitely well performed through and through - not under- or over- sung. I like the pull back at the end. I might even suggest even going a bit higher or adding some more colorful notes to provide even more variety. I'm on board by all means!
I like the blend of acoustic and electric guitars - great sound from the onset. Overall, this song has a nice sound. I like the cool, poised nature of the vocals - they just sort of 'float', which is the perfect vibe for this song. Something else I like about this cut is the amount instrumental space used; the overall pacing is a plus.
I definitely love Gus' vocal tone - it stands out from the jump. Additionally, his chemistry with Adna on this this particular cut is chilling. The piano accompaniment is a nice touch, serving as a driving force throughout the song. Besides having a haunting quality (in a positive way), ultimately, the musicality shown here helps make "Belong" appealing.
Strong vocals - I like the 'youthful' and energetic sound conveyed through the performance. Like the artist's description, I agree this would be a perfect fit on an eclectic soundtrack like the Garden State soundtrack was. Garden State 2 seems unlikely, but definitely a hipster/indie styled film would be the perfect home for a track like this one. But film soundtrack aside, the song is solid and highly enjoyable on its own.
Love the energy and ambitiousness of this record - this is an exceptional choice for a single. Ambition itself definitely can take an artists, band, or a song itself to the next level. But the sound of this record is like sweet ear candy. All the right cues are in place. With this being my first experience with Ninja Kore, I would definitely like to hear more of their work based on hearing this. That is definitely the purpose and influence a single should have.
"It's A Good Day" has all the makings of a hit. The soulful production from the onset definitely captured my attention - there's just something about 'old school' that truly resonates. Over that soulful production, the rapping is strong across the board. The hook is catchy and has depth. Additionally, the respective rap verses also have depth, something that all rap can't attest to. How good is this joint - so good I'd love to hear more from Chris Sandoe!
When I hear this track, I definitely hear the great amount of potential mentioned within the description. Given Sam Pomerantz's young age, I'm impressed by his compositional ideas and what he offers vocally. Pomerantz's voice will only continue to grow in maturity as he gets older, so it should be exciting to hear how much better he'll become. With this being a first impression, it is a solid, worthwhile one.
This song captures the listener's attention from the onset - I knew this was going to be 'fire' from the start. The groove makes you nod your head and/or tap your foot. I love the cool approach to the vocals during the first half of the song and how those vocals evolve to become more powerful, and 'high-flying.' The rap in the middle of this number separates the 'cooler' and 'hotter' portions of the performance; it's thoughtful conception for sure. Impressive!
Love how unsettling this song is at the onset - mystery almost always draws in the listener because they don't know what to expect aurally (the element of surprise). Even as the song approaches the minute-mark, you have no idea what to expect - ambitious, surprising, and captivating. Once some structure is established, there is still plenty of allure given the eclectic nature of this song incorporating multiple styles. Creative, this puts a smile on my face. It's refreshing as this isn't something that I hear every day.
Props from the start - Perhaps you shouldn't just a song by it's title, but in this case the vibe of "6:30 am" is conveyed. While there is a 'shimmer' about this cut, it shimmers in spite of its minor key, which is a nice 'musical oxymoron' you might say. Musically, the sounds used are definitely thoughtfully chosen and keep the track interesting throughout its duration. While the track is impressive to me as is, if you wanted to give it even more 'oomph', you might try to throw a music monkey wrench into it. What that means is surprise the listener with an unexpected change of some sort, whether it be the groove, or a left-field synth that truly goes against the grain of what's been established. Sometimes, such surprises can pay off. But as it stands, this is well done.
I was totally prepared for this song to remain restrained and vulnerable as it did at the beginning. The shift to jagged, rhythmic guitars are more 'power' was a strong, surprising contrast. With the description being "moody indie rock," the shift of moods are successfully and sensationally conveyed. The vocals are just fabulous! Often falsetto is criticized because of a lack of 'power', but here, the power is perceptible by the 'character' of the falsetto itself. No the vocals aren't overtly 'gritty,' but they don't need to be.
The vocal production is one of the first things that stands out about this particular number - it's definitely well conceived and ultimately executed. In addition to the vocal production, the chorus, which is the first thing stated gives the audience something to cling to early, which is always a pro - there's always that familiar point. Besides the vocal prowess and catchiness, the overall sound of this record is spot-on. The aggressiveness of the distorted guitars and stomping drums is awesome to say the least (drum riffs are excellent too). 4 Minutes well listened!
It's hard to go wrong with the drum groove that anchors things down here. The production is slick by all means and makes the listener want to continue to listen (or at least me). The vocals are bold and clear which is a plus. After the well-paced intro, it was nice to hear vocals that could match the intensity crafted by the music itself. The backing vocals are a nice accentuation to the lead vocals as well. Songs surpassing the 5-minute mark can lose listening interest naturally, but "Got Me Under Control" doesn't seem to have that problem. Sure, the lyrics could be varied more, but everything I heard fell in line with the respective style of music and the expectation for the song itself. Good job - potential here for sure.
Simply written, this song definitely exemplifies the garage-rock sensibilities - the cues are fully in place. There is a coolness about the vocals on the verse that is great; there a sense of restraint, and nonchalance. While the chorus vocals are a bit more assertive than those of the verse, I wouldn't have minded for the vocalist to have even "dug in" more. The grittiness stylistically is satisfied here, but could be amplified even more; there could be an even greater push. Potential - by all means.
Ultimately, this remix seems to have the cues one comes to expect from a remix. The minimalism is firmly in place thanks to the constant, driving groove. The changes in the music occur more gradually than maximal. Additionally, the track lasts nearly five minutes in duration. All in all, the results are sound. Perhaps a few more changes could've been thrown in without overcrowding the song at its current duration adding even more excitement. But with playing a 'balancing' act of sorts being the key for remixes, this seems like a good star.
I like the dark, mysterious vibe given off here - the production definitely stands out , all anchored and driven by the exceptional drum groove. I like/understand the approach taken with the vocals, but I also would've liked to have heard a bit more clarity specifically within the vocal production; the lyrics at times were a bit hard to decipher. Enjoying things with a certain enigma and 'blackness' about them, this was a worthwhile listen and certainly showcases potential.
Overall, I thought this was very well done. Besides being enigmatic with a chilling quality about it, this cut is well-paced. In other words, this cut doesn't feel rushed and feels balanced in it's development and overall progression over its duration. I'm a sucker for piano (being a pianist personally), but it is a sound choice of accompaniment throughout. The synths are also nothing short of alluring. Thumbs up! Works perfectly own entity (the intent I assume) as well as something that would greatly enhance a film. This is a song where I can envision a narrative, hence why I could see this serving as a perfect fit on some soundtrack as well. The 'ceiling' is high for this one!!!
This music definitely has a haunting quality - captures my attention because its unique and unsettling (in the most positive way of course). The enigmatic nature coupled with the continual driving rhythm truly makes this nothing short of captivating. While this is great as its own entity (a perfect album cut), this would make one truly sick soundtrack cut. This makes me picture a psychological thriller because that constant 'motor rhythm' gives off the vibe of sweating profusely and something horrid is about to happen. I'm onboard 100% - impressive stuff!