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terror-flora-we-leave-at-midnight-reviewCorrect me if I’m wrong, but it seems like every family has at least one hippy in the bunch. For me, it’s my aunt Lisa. When I was younger her room was adorned in black light posters, most of which featured Paul, Ringo and the rest of the crew. She’s always been my free loving relative and when We Leave At Midnight’s Terror Flora started – she’s the first person who came to mind because this record is all about that Coachella, barefoot realness.

The concept behind “Everyone Laughs At Their Own Mistakes,” I loved. The song though, it was so infused with these otherworldly sounds, that it was hard to understand it fully in the long run. The same can be said of “Terror Flora.” While the lyrics escaped me, those shoeless beings dancing around to it, were imaged I could not shake. The interlude, “Priest Mouth,” was trippy; expected. Then by the time the last two came into play, I actually started to hear the words with more ease. “Run to the Ocean” was okay, but We Leave At Midnight ended strong with “Sink Your Teeth.”

If you’re the ‘60s inspired one of your family, then you’re going to want to hop on board the love bug and get into We Leave At Midnight. They’re for fans of The Flaming Lips and Wilco, because they have this acid wash sound that allows for a free range of interpretation. If that sounds like what you’re into, check out Terror Flora, out May 26 on Texas Is Funny.

little-red-lung-beware-reviewWelcome back from the weekend. I hope yours was as interesting as mine. Birthday celebrations and realizing that our local shelter has its own Puppy Bowl of some sort. Now it’s back to reality and I’m trying to get everything done because Mariah Carey is on Kimmel tonight and I got a golden ticket in. Well, a white piece of paper…To get back into the swing of things I’m listening to Little Red Lung’s Beware. The most interesting thing about this record is that you won’t have it this week, or even the next. The band has decided that they’ll be giving you a song a month and then releasing it all at the same time. While they’re building anticipation for you by being the love child of Florence and the Machine and Lana Del Rey, I’ve gotten the chance to hear the whole thing already…and I have some things to say…

The record opens with the title track. Instead of hiding “Beware” somewhere in the middle, here it is. It paints a haunting picture, as if they’d play it in a period piece that has a castle wrapped in fog as the backdrop. While that could be on the soundtrack of Game of Thrones,” other songs gave off a more modern feel. Songs like “Porcupine Street” with its bravado and the steady and ready to go pace of “Operate.” I was more intrigued by the music of every piece, with only the lyrics of “Dead Weight” sticking to me. Lastly, what’s good about this record being released one song at a time – Little Red Lung’s “Bad Blood” won’t be overshadowed by Taylor Swift’s cameo induced video that just dropped last night at the Billboard Music Awards.

We’re off to a good week with Little Red Lung’s Beware. It has this feminine fluidity that will resonate with fans of Florence and the Machine and Lana Del Rey just fine. So if those are two artists you can’t get enough of, it’s time to add another to the mix. Now here’s the hard part – you really have to keep tabs on this band and make sure you don’t miss a monthly release from here on out.

killwave-death-by-distortion-reviewEveryone should have or have had a goth friend growing up. Even if it’s a phase you never felt fit yourself, it’s nice to have a goth or former in your life. Mine was in middle school after a friend went from Spice Girls to Coal Chamber over a summer. Because of her I was quick to recognize that Killwave’s Death By Distortion would’ve been in her CD collection back in the day. They have this ‘80s meets all black attire meets Transylvania sound that isn’t for me, but is for those who resemble a young Lydia Deetz.

Phoning in first was “The Calling.” In an instant, that’s where the ‘80s could be heard. That paired with “Shake” painted dark hued pictures in my head of goth clubs in warehouses on the outskirts of town. When it came to “Drive” and “Box,” that’s when I thought Dracula may be the lead singer of Killwave. Bloodsucking aside, for me nothing hit on a universal level until “Bad Boys.” This wasn’t because it was an ode to a Will Smith movie, but because it was the first time I felt the lyrics spoke louder than the music, the style or the whole overall vibe that the band displays strongly. Because of that, it’s the one I’d suggest people listen to first and then go through the remainder of the album.

Back in 8th grade my buddy would’ve likely wanted to play Killwave at our usual weekend sleepovers. I would’ve sat there waiting to put Backstreet Boys on while she lamented about how great a band they were. We were an odd pair of buds. Nevertheless, if you were or are the type with a love for the offbeat sounds music has to offer, then check out Death By Distortion, out now.