Posts Tagged ‘One-Track Mind’

One Track Mind: Atlas At Last’s “Compassion”

Standout Track: No. 3, the slow-crawling “Compassion” from Atlas At Last’s new A Composition Of Functions EP. The College Park hardcore three-piece's music may dwell in aggressive, sludgy places, but “Compassion” is built around a series of gorgeous, stripped-down melodic passages that inject the track with a sense of bleeding-heart urgency. “And do you remember the [...]

One Track Mind: Sun Machines’ “Arms and Legs”

"Arms and legs/Wrapped around my foolish head"

One Track Mind: Stranger in the Alps’ “Black Box”

“We live in a time when communication is part of the atmosphere. So, the prospect of being unable to communicate is more terrifying than ever.”

One Track Mind: The Effects’ “Blister”

Loud and rollicking, the song lives up to its title.

One Track Mind: “Cairo” by Paperhaus

A musical history of a Dupont condo complex.

One Track Mind: Furniteur’s “Secret Plans”

A marriage of vintage dance and wistful synthpop, closer to dark minimal wave than Donna Summers.

One Track Mind: Andrew Aylward’s “Self Destruct”

Standout Track: A song from Chevy Chase bedroom-pop artist Andrew Aylward’s as-yet-untitled debut release, “Self Destruct” is a hazy, lo-fi nugget that could have easily been written by Kurt Vile. Like Vile’s standout 2011 record Smoke Ring for My Halo, it’s as lethargic and repetitious as a Monday-morning routine. “So I’ll take you where the [...]

One Track Mind: Jen Miller’s “Edinburgh”

Standout Track: No. 3, “Edinburgh,” from 22-year-old Rosslyn-based singer/songwriter Jen Miller’s debut LP, Overgrown, which dropped last month. With its wistful, folksy feel and dreamy, reverb-tinged guitars, the song’s sparse accompaniment accents soulful vocals that recall the sultry tones of PHOX’s Monica Martin.
Musical Motivation: Miller spent her junior year in college interning for the Scottish [...]

One Track Mind: Canine Teeth’s “Shape Up”

Standout Track: No. 2, “Shape Up,” Canine Teeth's brief, dark exploration of a romantic relationship at a turning point. A twinge of insanity is audible in the first half of the song, which fits spoken-sung vocals into echoes of Massive Attack’s brooding trip-hop template. The second leg erupts into distortion, frying R&B-flavored lines like “I’m [...]

One Track Mind: Me and Karen’s “Pink Guilt”

Standout Track: No. 4, “Pink Guilt,” a textured mix of throbbing synths and spiky guitar riffs from U Street/Petworth-based electronic duo Me and Karen’s debut EP by the same name. The pair—Michael Bartlett and Karen Foote—began collaborating a decade ago while attending the University of Mary Washington, but they didn’t broadcast their layered electro-pop until [...]

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