Bite-Sized Reviews #18 – Side Light

Okay people, this week I’ve tried something different with our usual column of short reviews. In fact I decided to split it up in two parts -due to the good amount of discs I’ve listened to. This first one would be the lightest one. Some pop with Frank Moyo, a pinch of good post rock with Silent Island. Then a sprinkle of indie rock carried by Nighttime in Kansas and finally the weird but good pop-rock of Crying.

Crying – Beyond The Fleeting Gales (USA, 2016)

Have you ever wondered how a Nintendo theme song would sound like in pop-rock outfit? Well, wonder no more. Crying has come to fulfil your wildest dreams.
New York based trio first full length album is called Beyond the Fleeting Gales. The artwork does suck. My 8-year old cousin could have done better with his pencil case. Although the music is epic…in a weird way. They took a candy-sweet pop base. Then they added swirling guitar solos, up-beating drums, happily-fuzzy-80s style keyboards as they were layers of soft, foamy whipped cream. The voice, as some sort of candied fruit, gets pushed down, so to stuff this sugary cake. It works almost as an accompanying instrument more than a lead one. The singer seems pretty tired sometimes but goes along neatly with the rest.
Crying‘s work can be easily summed up with: cotton candy, cartoons and shredding guitars.
Have fun kids!

Frank Moyo – Waves (Canada, 2016)

Easy pop music for easy-going days. Frank Moyo’s Waves EP definitely fits with that. Nothing really complex nor extremely vivid. Just some nice song you can sing-along while taking a shower. And everything just sounds better if I mention the guy has been totally influenced by John Mayer, doesn’t it?

Nighttime In Kansas – Solstice (Canada, 2016)

(Very) Young yet pretty creative Indie Rock trio’s debut EP. Solstice is bright, solar and ethereal rock made from a post-rock skeleton. I think I couldn’t be proved wrong saying they reminds me of a fusion between There Will Be Fireworks and Dredg. There first one can be accounted for the bright positivity that surrounds this album. While the latter are remarkably recalled for the songs’ structure, which is simple yet articulated at the same time, displaying many background elements.
Liquid, distant voices paint languid melodies over a carpet of crystalline guitars. The drum pounds but it doesn’t overtake the scene. Solstice surprises for a spectacular production style that emanates originality without never wandering outside the genre comfort zone.
You should really look out to these guys!

Silent Island – Equator (Hungary, 2016)

This album partly shares its major flaw with the above mentioned disc. Hence, the songs are definitely too similar to each other. But here it gets dramatic. It sounds like a long composition that has been chopped up in 5 shortest parts. That being said, Silent Island‘s debut fatigue is a pleasant, chilling-out instrumental post rock EP that could be well embraced by fans of Caspian or Hammock, to name a few.

While Equator has not a true, typical climax anywhere along its 18 minutes, it does have a real soothing effect instead. And the goodness of the rhythmic section -especially the drum- is just a plus to this nice release. You can hear that in the title track. Which is also my best pick out of this album.

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TSL co-founder, co-owner, editor, CEO, reviewer, interviewer and writer. Basically I do a lot of stuff and I can’t get anything done well. I was born in 1991 and started loving music since 1981. Got my very first band in high school and now I play as a lonely dumbass in 3 projects: Chiral, Il Vuoto and |||. I listen to every kind of music as long as it is good and intense. Favourite genres include: everything as long as it’s good! (but also folk, black metal, 70-80’s rock and post-rock).

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