I can’t remember the last time I stumbled upon an alternative track as inviting as Thirteen off the new album from Television Generation.
I’m not sure if it’s just because the track was designed to appeal to my millennial disposition, or I just got swept up in the cacophony of sound which Peel curated through their debut track but, I’m sure that this song will be a regular feature in my angsty play lists from here on out. The indie rock band from Denver, Colorado have a fresh sound that cannot be pinned against another, It’s clear that this band have orchestrated their sound without borders to create the smash hit Thirteen. This delectably talented trio are only just in their infancy on the indie scene. I’m excited to see what they create after the momentum which they have created with this track. The lyrics are so resonant and relatable to anyone who is fond of a pinch of melancholy. Similar to the styling of Fidlar and Wavves that’s sure to appeal to a younger generation of fans.
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Apxllo is a young upcoming hip-hop artist with an ability to portray strong emotions through his lyrics and “So Long,” is indeed a perfect example of this. Going through the grief experienced with the loss of a loved one, Apxllo turns to music and uses it as an expressive tool to deal with the emotions and make a song which also help others going through similar situations. Apart from the intense lyric the song also shows a creative aspect with the way the texture, instrumentation and vocals are used throughout.
With the second vocal as an emphasis on the lyrics in the chorus, the meaning of the lyrics really becomes increasingly impactful and although the subject matter is sad and melancholic, the music provides a cathartic experience. Apart from this, the instrumentation is also produced in such a way which enables the vocal expression to be in the limelight, providing just enough background and a functional basis for the song to flourish and remain impactful throughout, making it a track which finds just the right balance between expression, creativity and sensitivity.
Denver artist Rumin8 manages to bring sounds to the R&B and hip-hop format that come as quite a revelation to those looking for a new escape route from those genres conformity. His vocal delivery wilfully wanders between song and rap, blurring the boundaries and never being quite owned by one side or the other but below these powerful salvos, something even more interesting is at work.
Instead of the usual tight clinical beats and pulsing bass lines which have become standard issue, Rumin8 blends spacey, cosmic interludes and wandering electronic, sounds which seem more in keeping with synth-pop or even progressive soul. The core sound may lead heavily towards the hip-hop and R&B end of the sonic spectrum but when you really start listening closely you realise that there is something revolutionary going on beneath.