The song’s latter half – mainly the outro, the meeting of every instrumental layer as the hook gathers momentum, makes for a huge moment that’s close to impossible to not feel involved in.
Phantom Vibrations sees former Awolnation member David Amezcua take a step in a notably new direction. Stranger is a smooth & rather nostalgic indie-pop song, bringing through classic or vintage vibes. It feels fit to accompany a scene in some classic coming of age movie.
I think although we are an indie pop band, we all grew up on the same stuff. We all were really invested in the Warped Tour scene as young kids, even though our music doesn’t sound anything like those bands. We loved all the hooks & melodies.
A mighty pop-rock album, a wonderful playlist that grows more and more enjoyable the further into it you get – and more so with each new listen afterwards.
There seem to be an unlimited number of ways to experience the song, and in any case – you’re likely to notice and appreciate the depth of the musical ability and the sheer artistry of the whole journey.
The band don’t follow the expected structures in their songwriting, their music could veer off at any moment down some instrumentally expressive pathway, and when it does – you’re more than likely to welcome & embrace the ride.
Where there are many big beats & thick, retro bass-lines & riffs, there’s also so much that is not purely for the party – songwriting is an art form & Totally Awesome Summer have treated it as such.
A playlist that feels somewhat nostalgic or reminiscent or other moments, but that consistently pushes you outside of your comfort zone & creates entirely new thought patterns & ideas to ponder.
Contrabland have ideas for miles & their music underlines these in a gorgeously alternative, hard-hitting way. This album is loaded with melodies, riffs, hooks, raw energy.
Bend is a superb debut, immediately warming & indicative of a band who genuinely love making music.
The entire anthem provides this elusive feeling of being on the edge, straddling these animalistic urges inherent to being alive, alongside the celestial steadiness of song. Music, especially the raw, groovy rock of DPS, taps into the chaos of emotion.
His belief is that the power of art lies in its ability to inspire, to awaken & elevate our consciousness. Given the names of the tracks & the atmospheric experiences they offer – this is precisely the result you can hope for when listening through.