Andy Black, also known as Andy Biersack of band Black Veil Brides, has made his solo debut with The Shadow Side. The album asserts itself right away with ‘Homecoming King’, where Andy Black’s raw vocals and anguished lyrics are showcased. Early on we’re introduced to, ‘We Don’t Have To Dance’. With its catchy lyrics and pop-but-emo sound, the song is on its way to becoming an anthem.
There’s something so unusual about the composition and layering that Spectoral uses in his music. Opening number ‘Roots n’ Wings’ is slow, piano-driven to begin with before a slight tribal beat comes to the forefront and the synth becomes a driver for the track. The vocals are consistent, though seem to be held back to try and match the beat of the song.
In case you missed David F Sanberg’s 2013 short “Lights Out” – which was so insanely scary it scored him the chance to turn it into a feature film – the opening of this 80 minute expansion of that film basically does it all over again: a woman turns off the lights, only to reveal a creepy figure in the shadows.
The surprising thing about this Ghostbusters reboot (it’s not a sequel – while the surviving original cast members have cameos, they’re not playing their original characters) isn’t how closely it follows the original, but how different it often is.
With this release, Liz Stringer puts out her fifth studio album, and what many are saying is her best. Recorded over eight days in Portland, USA, the release features appearances from Luke Ydstie (bass) and Ben Nugent (drums).
There’s something so ethereal and comforting about the Above & Beyond release. As soon as ‘Hello’ slides through my headphones, with its soft crooning of “hello”, gentle keys and instrumental arrangement it’s the easiest listen I’ve heard in a long time.