Saturday, October 3, 2020

Going (Band)Camping: Edition 5

Here we are, the fifth edition of, "Going (Band)Camping." I continue to love finding great and unique music on Bandcamp and sharing my thoughts about those tunes with you all here. Tastes in music can obviously vary, so you may quite agree or completely disagree with my opinions on these artists and their songs. I'd encourage you to explore them all so you can form an opinion too! Now then, let's talk about some jams!

Sometimes the situation calls for good, enthusiastic, well-done punk music. For such a situation, "LOW POINT," is a great album to play. It is pretty brief, but generally any punk song longer than 3 minutes isn't truly a punk song in many folks' opinions. I grooved to the whole thing so I can't say there is a standout track so much as the entire LP is great. It isn't too heavy or light, just energetic punk from our neighbor to the North, Canada. I recommend it to any punk-lovers who want to check it out at this link.
4.5 out of 5 stars.

Quarrel Reef--Fluorescent Lights
This album by Quarrel Reef is full of fun, laid-back jazzy rock, and sometimes just straight-up jazz. It has that indie sensibility of, "Let's just make some noise and have fun," but with the positive element that the, "Noise," made is some darn catchy tunes. I adored the closing track, "House Party Blues," and could listen to it on repeat without growing sick of it anytime soon. You can get yourself a digital or physical copy here.
5 out of 5 stars.


Released on tape but also available digitally, "Acid Tape," is described by its creator as, "Thicc and crunchy analog Acid music," in the vein of the subgenre Acid House. Basically, it is some really danceable techno that you can move your feet or bop your head to as its heavy thump invades your brain and gives you a boost of energy. Every song keeps the BPM going, with the whole thing a pleasure to hit, "Play," on and let the tape roll. I recommend it anytime you feel low on enthusiasm and need a pick-me-up. Check it out here.
5 out of 5 stars.

I Have Four Names--IH4N (DX)
This album by I Have Four Names is pretty enjoyable. It has a solid mixture of melodies, and vocals that with their clever melancholic vibe really remind me of the great band Modest Mouse. One standout track is, "Capslocked," with its metaphor of a boat capsizing. It's some fun indie rock from straight out of Australia and is very listenable. Find a copy for yourself here.
4 out of 5 stars.

Android Apartment--Roes and kisses under the rain

I've not listened to a ton of what the kids call, "Vaporwave," but from what I have heard I think I've developed a taste for it. This LP from Android Apartment features all the usual Vaporwave goodness of sound like a neon-drenched techno landscape inspired by the 80s but blasted into the present. From the first song, "Under a cloudy sky," to the rest of the LP the album is extremely fun and gets you grooving in your seat while driving/working as it plays in the background. Get yourself a copy here.
5 out of 5 stars.

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