It’s been awhile since feeling this low. I thought the weight of the big burden was lifted, but as soon as that one started to fade, another few piled on and I’m lower than before. So I’m trying to not sink lower and get to my daily duties without freaking out – like listening to Park’s Jacob The Rabbit and reviewing it because it’s sitting in my calendar and they deserve some words tossed their way, right? At first I wanted to write them off, but then I found at least one song in the few to actually care about.
First off, the titles of these songs – kudos. I’m not sure you’re going to be able to yell out a couple of these at shows because they look like Harry Potter spells. Anyways at first “Lepus Fugam” was giving me a 30 Seconds to Mars opener vibe. Then that quickly came apart the next couple listens. With Jared Leto off the table, I moved on to “The Infection of El-ahairhah” aka the best one off the record. The words were crystal and I couldn’t help but cozy up to the line, “scared, shaking and listening.” It mirrored my present state perfectly. Then it kind of fell off for me towards the end with “Tickling the Dragon’s Tail.”
Three songs deep, there is something for everyone – hell, even I found something and this type of rock isn’t my first choice. It’s a better fit for those who have Circa Survive and Thursday albums constantly spinning. So if that’s you, check out Park’s Jacob The Rabbit out now on Bad Timing Records. Hey, it’s their first batch of new music in eight years – dig in man!
A nap was taken right before I sat down to write this. Yes, it’s not even noon and yes, I have only been up since 9am – but I’m drained and heading towards another breakdown in 5…4…3…2…let’s talk about The Larch’s In Transit though before I freak out about other things and get distracted by reality. Somewhere between an eclectic person who marches to the beat of the sound in their head and a college station in the ‘90s sits this record, so let’s get to it.
While some 19-year-old at a state school in ’93 would’ve been spinning “Welcome To The Institute,” there’s an ‘80s teen movie that wishes it could go back in time and add “Science & Charity” to its soundtrack. In between the decades you got a weird treat with “Saturn’s In Transit.” It was an odd sounding song, but it’s definitely okay to be a little out there – you stick out more. Then you landed on the ironic with “Images of Christmas” because it sounded more like the summer. Guess it was a California holiday?
So there you have it, a nap and a review of a record that’s for fans of The Larch’s previous works like Days to the West. They both give off that ‘90s aroma. So if you still don’t want to admit that decade’s over – check out In Transit, out now.
Know the times you stay up until like 5am playing a video game from ’93 and then wake up at 9am just because you’ll feel bad for sleeping any later? Welcome to my Monday everyone, nice to see you. After a couple of hours of a zombie like state and discussing my personal life with my new found therapist/friend, I put on Stacy Clark’s Symmetry and honestly didn’t know what to expect. I have so much on my plate that when I say I’ll do a review, I rarely preview it beforehand – so I was jumping into this airy pop blind.
I felt like maybe I stumbled upon something like Christina Perri – that mature pop that 20-30-somethings really dig. It’s radio friendly enough, but still has this sense of not being too mainstream. “Figured It Out” was a cute sounding track that dealt with a heavier topic while “Days Into Nights” kind of stepped it up in the music department, giving off an even older vibe. Not too much, but just a bit. This is when the Perri comparison clicked in my head. Then you had “Lose My Mind” with a lyric I can relate oh too well to, “seeing you makes me lose my mind.” In case that person reads this, I do have to hide the Facebook chat box thing to not see your face, because as much as I hate you – I want you. Anyways, that track seemed to be the love child of the first two, making it Hannah Montana – the best of both worlds. That’s really just the surface of what to expect from this record though.
It was short and sweet and a record fans of singer songwriters with an extra bounce in their step could really sink their teeth into. Go ahead, taste the music. So taste it and get involved with it very, very soon. Stacy Clark’s Symmetry drops July 22nd, so no excuses about forgetting!