Welcome back to Staff Picks! It has been a (long, long) while since the last Staff Picks update, so we hope that these amazing albums make up for it.
Rococode – Panic Attack
by Dylan Blankenship, News Reporter
This is a quirky little something from the delightfully named Rococode, a boy/girl duo hailing from Vancouver BC. Produced in an isolated cabin somewhere in Canada this album definitely has some traces of that cabin fever vibe. A strange blend of synths, guitars, loop, and drums this album almost seems like it was written as a soundtrack for the next Sundance Film Festivle winner. If you like indie music then you will love Panic Attack. Also a side note, those familiar with Civil Wars will appreciate the boy/girl duo done right in this album along with the nostalgic feel it has with it.
Rustie – EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
by Michael Stormo, Production Manager
Ten minutes til my last class before a much needed recess from this semester, and here I am, hastily drafting this staff pick. Like many tasks that have come before me in the realm of education/work, this was saved for the last minute; No pressure, no diamonds.
EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE… What a trip. It’s an eclectic mesh of various noises; synths, trill hi-hats, a little wub-wub, and sounds of the sea.
My first listen of this project took place late this past weekend in my bed. I was likely asleep within the first 10 seconds of the album (no shade to the music), and was rudely shocked awake minutes later as track #2, “First Mythz **” began, signaled by the shrill clicks of a dolphin. Really terrifying thing to have blast in your ears while you’re half asleep.
But I digress. After a couple of listens, my determination is so: solid album, right up the alley of sounds that I enjoy. Made me pretty mad that I skipped over his set at Bonnaroo this summer.
If you’re into electronic music of any kind, I’d give it a try. Feeling a decent to strong 7 on this. Have you given this thing a listen? Did you love it, did you hate it, why? Michaely Stormtano, out.
King’s Army – Resurrection
By David Blake, Production Assistant
King’s Army Resurection was Initially released online as King’s Army Riddim. Evereasy Music Entertainment took on the challenge to rerelease it under the inherently talented Rob Darling who re-mixed and mastered it to perfection at the Harms Way Studio. This 12 track compact disc compalation is now released globally. It features some of Jamaica’s finest vocalist, which share there own thoughts over this distinguished melodic beat. This creation spans from one’s self-motivation to forward thinking of self worth.
The King’s Army Resurrection riddim typifies a mixture of a slick one-drop and initially abrasive-sounding saw-toothed synth keys. They contrast with the sweet emotive singing voices of Wayne Wonder (Better Day’s) and Tanto Metro & Devonte (I’m a Fighter). Likewise the more conservative dancehall fan should enjoy artist like Shuga (Good Suh) and Capital D (Herbalist). And for Roots head there’s Petah Morgan (Guns &Armor) and Sizzla Kalonji (Love Alone).
Even though this album has a wide range of artist it is still an album that you can feel the everforward message of struggle, peace. and love.
Sun Club – The Dongo Durango
by Taylor Hodges, Music Manager
Alas, just a little late to use as a soundtrack for summer. “The Dongo Durango” by Sun Club would have been the perfect background music to have on during some late teens/early 20s summer fun. Sun Club, a five piece band from Baltimore, seems like they would be really fun to hang out with. I tried to get some more info from their facebook page, but basically all they have listed on the “About” section is the names of the band members: big snack, d-mac, special K, petunia, and triscuit.
Slightly angsty at times, there are plenty of Indie Pop riffs to keep the album appropriately lighthearted. Percussion is nothing too crazy, and really there is nothing crazy or new about this album. I’m not familiar with anything else Sun Club has done, but this was a fun and enjoyable album all the way through. 3/5, worth checking out if you want a fun album for summer outdoor activities.