Album Review: Fever Daydream – The Black Queen

Album Review: Fever Daydream – The Black Queen

Artist: The Black Queen Album: Fever Daydream Genre: Electro-pop/Synthpop Date of Release: 29/01/2016 Location: Los Angeles Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Dillinger Escape Plan, Blakq Audio, Side-Projects Track Listing: 1. ‘Now When I’m This’ (2:45) 2. ‘The Ice to Never’ (4:46) 3. ‘The End Where We Start’ (4:02) 4. ‘Secret Scream’ (3:21) 5. ‘Maybe We Should/Non-Consent’ (5:37) 6. ‘Distanced’ (4:55) 7. ‘Strange Quark’ (2:28) 8. ‘That Death Cannot Touch’ (3:50) 9. ‘Taman Shud’ (5:25) 10. ‘Apocalypse Morning’ (6:46) I have been sitting on this review for a very long time. Amidst university assignments for the semester and my own band, I have had very little time to review others. After weeks of strictly formatted essays, I was looking forward to being able to put forward a more-or-less stream of consciousness review while giving some new music a proper listen. A few months ago Chris asked me if I would review The Black Queen’s Fever Daydream. Being a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, I agreed happily. Let me preface by stating, I was really hoping that I would be able to fairly and objectively review this release without reference to Dillinger, to whom The Black Queen is more or less “the singer’s side project” (and fuck me, is it ever that), but I found myself singularly unable to do so in spite of my best efforts. By having noisy interesting stuff in the first few bars then not for the rest of the album, that first into is the equivalent of mathcore nerd coitus interruptus. It’s bullshit. With the feedback-based intro track, I had, if only for a...
Song Review: Tupper Ware Remix Party – ‘Makin’ A Move’

Song Review: Tupper Ware Remix Party – ‘Makin’ A Move’

Band: Tupper Ware Remix Party Song: ‘Makin’ a Move’ Genre: 80’s-inspired synth rock/electro funk Date of release: 12/04/2016 Location: The Future (Toronto, Canada) Reviewer: Matthew Byrne For Fans Of: Daft Punk, Ninja Sex Party, having a good time Imagine this – you head out to your local music venue to catch up with a mate. He’s running late so you mosey on over to the stage to see who’s sound checking before their set, and you’re greeted by a man in a bright yellow space suit donning a giant orange helmet (complete with lights) wielding a keytar, a jetpack-wearing bright red and gold robot on lead guitar, a blue Egyptian lion with a majestic mane on the bass, and a stout, black and white robot who kind of resembles the robot from ‘The Iron Giant’ on drums. That, my new friends, is Doctor Sung, Lord Phobos, Commander Meouch, and Havve Hogan, and with their powers combined, they are Tupper Ware Remix Party. “Oh Matt, that sounds like the raddest shit since Will Smith’s haircut in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Where can I listen to this?” Well boy, isn’t this your lucky day! Tupper Ware Remix Party have released a new track entitled ‘Makin’ A Move’, off their soon-to-be-released EP, Guardians Of The Zone – and let me tell you, it scratches that funky slapbass-filled itch that we’ve all got oh so good. Joining Tupper Ware Remix Party on this funkadelic adventure is guest vocalist Lydia Persaud, who fans of the band may recognize from one of their earlier songs, ‘ICQ’ off of the 2nite EP, who once again...
Song Review: No Gravity – “Beneath the Dirt”

Song Review: No Gravity – “Beneath the Dirt”

Band: No Gravity Song: Beneath the Dirt Genre: Alternative rock, electronic rock, synthpop Date of Release: March 2nd, 2014 Location: Bratislava, Slovakia Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: The Killers, The Bravery “Why?” You might be asking. “Why review a song from 2014? Why review a band from Slovakia? Why review a genre you barely listen to?” Well, my reasoning is rather simple and shared with many other great men and women throughout human history: curiosity. As you probably don’t know, I’m a fairly devoted fan of the Howard Stern Show. Back in 2007, No Gravity was in New York City promoting themselves on a public access TV show called “Hugs For Harlem”. During this fateful appearance, they were subject to one of the funniest prank calls ever perpetuated (done in part by legendary death metal drummer and Stern staffer Richard Christy). Naturally, this got me curious. Obviously, a band who promotes itself on a second-rate public access show probably won’t be very good, but just how bad could they really be? I did some research, found the “music band”, as they call themselves (their English isn’t great), and popped on their latest single. I immediately asked myself the same question I started this review with: why? Why would someone make music like this? Why would said music sound like this? Why the hell am I still listening to it? It’s pretty clear that No Gravity is going for a 2005 synthpop Bravery-type vibe, but (perhaps thanks to their Slavic roots) it comes across as a cheap Eastern European competitor product which tries so hard to be like its Western...
Album Review: Miley Cyrus – “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz”

Album Review: Miley Cyrus – “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz”

Album: “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz” Artist: Miley Cyrus Date of Release: 31st August 2015 Genre: Pop Reviewer: Khaleesi For Fans Of: Tame Impala, Afroman, Valium Track Listing: 1. Dooo It! – 3:35 2. Karen Don’t Be Sad – 4:52 3. The Floyd Song (Sunrise) – 5:16 4. Something About Space Dude – 3:28 5. Space Boots – 4:39 6. Fuckin Fucked Up – 0:50 7. BB Talk – 4:32 8. Fweaky – 3:47 9. Bang Me Box – 3:41 10. Milky Milky Milk – 4:47 11. Cyrus Skies – 5:33 12. Slab of Butter (Scorpion) [featuring Sarah Barthel of Phantogram] – 5:01 13. I’m So Drunk – 0:46 14. I Forgive Yiew – 3:14 15. I Get So Scared – 3:53 16. Lighter – 5:19 17. Tangerine (featuring Big Sean) – 5:05 18. Tiger Dreams (featuring Ariel Pink) – 5:52 19. Evil Is But A Shadow – 4:35 20. 1 Sun – 3:59 21. Pablow the Blowfish – 3:30 22. Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz – 2:09 23. Twinkle Song – 3:43 In case you’ve been living like Patrick Star for the past week or so, Miley Cyrus recently hosted the 2015 MTV VMAs and closed the show with a ‘surprise’ performance alongside a bunch of drag queens, as well as announcing the release of her new album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz for free. Now, anyone would get excited over free music, especially when it’s about 90 minutes worth of free music, but once I had a listen, I can understand why this album was released for free! The album opens with “Dooo It!”, which is the...
Song Review: Polysemy “People”

Song Review: Polysemy “People”

Song: “People” Band: Polysemy Location: Ashland Oregon USA Date of Release:26/09/2014 Genre: Experimental Synthpop Reviewer: Ouroboris Polysemy have a taste for the experimental side of synthpop. At first I thought this was experimental electronic or maybe noise. But there’s a synthpop feel to the chorus. “People” is a short staccato drum looped synthpop song that has been scattered with random vocal or TV samples. There’s some acoustic guitar in the chorus over the female vocalist. But for the most part it’s a minimal abstract affair. Electronics are either backmasked vocals or reverb and a xylophone sounding tiny melody over the verse. The chorus: It can be such a drag when there’s too many people shouting at you what they want you to be the chorus is sung over an eastern influenced sounding synthline along with wood instruments or sampled wood instruments as a drum loop. The rest of the song is basically ethereal background tones and vocal effects and samples. The song doesn’t seem very memorable and although the chorus is catchy. The rest of the song is pretty ignorable. The lack of lyrics over the verses means you’re just sort of waiting for the chorus’ return. Electronic music doesn’t require vocals by any means. But when you place so much importance on the chorus and it’s structure. It might have been worth dressing up the verses too. It would come off less like experimental hold music and more like something worth acquiring. Synths:5/10 Drum Loops: 4/10 Production: 6/10 Lyrics: 4/10 Songwriting: 3/10 Overall IPHYB Rating: 4/10 Extras by...