Monthly archive April, 2012
The Symphony of Science

The Symphony of Science

Artists trying to bridge the gap between entertainment and anything remotely educational put themselves in a precarious situation, whether intentional or not.  Allowing one to eclipse the other can throw the entire project into an indescribably nebulous realm – is it strictly educational, trying to be cool, or is it edu-tainment?  In any case, it’s...
Eric Harvey - Lake Disappointment

Eric Harvey – Lake Disappointment

Sometimes, there’s not a lot to say about an album.  When racking your brain over why a certain group of songs sounds better than another in the same genre, it can be difficult to pinpoint a reason.   Perhaps it’s the timbre of a singer’s voice, or the way they pronounce their lyrics.  Maybe it’s...
Good Old War - Come Back As Rain

Good Old War – Come Back As Rain

Standing atop the virtual soapbox that I call Bandcamp’s Best, I like to focus my efforts on bands that are relatively unknown in the wide, wide world of music.  While I realize that Good Old War has quite the following already, they remain one of my all-time favorite bands, and serve (somewhat idealistically) as a...
Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge

Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Instrumental rock is a tough nut to crack.  Without vocals to carry the melodies front and center, listeners can easily lose their way in a quagmire of guitar walls, bass lines and drum beats.  Add in the length of a typical release, and boredom can set in quickly if the songs aren’t structured to catch...