Sunday, April 30, 2017
One of the best live bands (8-piece!) I've ever seen, can't recommend seeing them enough. They just started a tour behind BELONG, which Steph & co. caught in Portland. They create an enormous sound, and downhill momentum that is so rare. BELONG doesn't quite capture the verve and swing and crescendo of those euphoric moments. Not sure what their recording process is, but it sounds a little flat, especially with the live show point-of-reference. There also just isn't enough of vocalist Allen Tate, who possesses one of the coolest baritones on the planet. Charlene Kaye is a tremendous showwoman, but her technically precise voice comes off as a bit thin and aetheric on record, blurring the songs into mood-pieces, which is trendy I guess, but does them a disservice. She's a great counter-point to Allen, but personally I have trouble latching on and remembering her songs. The opposite problem as CHVRCHES, but they wisely don't split duties down the middle.
Posted by Ben at 4/30/2017 10:37:00 PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I don't know how these guys do it, but they make the most perfectly propulsive springtime music: it is a distillation of a winter thaw, a college campus of competing and coinciding young narratives tied by a common thread of past and future both looming impossibly large.
Posted by Ben at 4/19/2017 06:49:00 AM
Monday, April 10, 2017
After that finale, I am straight dunking on everyone who thinks THE AMERICANS has more to offer. This episode was its own SICARIO, while resolving threads of past seasons, setting the stage for the next, and being bafflingly on pointe re: our horrifying now.
ps Straight out of Portland is the primer you need:
pps I've been suffering serious podcast fatigue for awhile now, probably dating back to the election if not before, and somehow this was a breath of fresh air. He's born to the medium, and keeping it to 30:00 is 100%.
Posted by Ben at 4/10/2017 08:18:00 PM