A Day Without Love: Solace

Running a blog from the comfort of your own home when you’re a hermit means you come into contact with people via the best way possible; online. You get to know artists as the years go by and if you’re lucky – you get to see how they progress over the years. A Day Without Love first came to Golden Mixtape with an emotional album of love, then you heard some growth with his next – including a split with Father Oscar. Now it seems the heartbreak is over and Solace is more so a reflection of self more than anything else.

An emo outlet when A Day Without Love first stumbled onto this blog a few years ago, I feel like the music has grown into a more DIY, bedroom rock feel with those emotional elements still sewn in between the seams; holding the notes together. That’s the vibe set with “Joseph” but as things continued on, you heard that heartache come creeping back in with the lead single, “Solace” which lamented about a yearning for happiness and not wanting to live with the expectations set by someone else. Before I get to the most sound track lyrically, I’d like to point out the best all around track, the one with the best arrangement and delivery, “Cruel.” Now onto the song that stuck out as the star, “Green.” The friends you had yesterday may not be your friends tomorrow and that’s no one’s fault. Time changes everyone and sometimes you outgrow one another and this song seems to capture the sentiment. The voice singing these words isn’t too fond of the party lifestyle their friends are into and seems to want more…Not a lot of songs capture adult friendships so this was a refreshing one.

It’s been quite the ride with A Day Without Love. From the emo days where heartbreak and romance were on the table, to now – a record that’s more about growing and changing as time goes by. If you’re a fan of DIY meets emo meets alternative rock, check out Solace, out August 30.

At the Heart of it: you couldn’t stay

A new chapter starts tomorrow as I start a part time job that has me leaving the house. So this hermit has been typing away all weekend to get ahead of the game because let’s face it, at the end of the day I’ve got a blogger’s heart and with that comes a review of At the Heart of it’s latest EP that just dropped last week, you couldn’t stay. Experimental in that it was delivered more like aggressive spoken performance piece with variation of prose poetry set on a post-hardcore plain.

Just a couple of songs in the mix, each came with a lengthy set of lyrics that when viewed appeared to be a long form note written to someone in the most articulate way. That goes for both “Currents” and “Sunspots.” Though each came with the same type of packaging delivery wise, lyrically each tells a different story. There’s pain within “Currents” while in “Sunspots” you can hear this proclamation of heartfelt emotions wrapped up in an anguished coated wrapper. That being said, if you enjoy half of the record, you’ll definitely love the other.

Hardcore poetry come to life is what you’ll find when you press play on As the Heart of it’s you couldn’t say. If you’re a fan of post-hardcore music, then you will want to take 10 minutes of your time to give this one at least one listen – and then about 60 more to have these two tracks on repeat. The EP is available now on Wide Eyed Noise.

The Rebel Light: A Hundred Summer Days

To be alive in the 70’s, especially in California – that’s a dream of mine that will never be realized unless Doc Brown shows up with a seat for me. It pains me that I’ll never have an avocado green fridge and shag carpet. I mean, I could – but it just wouldn’t be the same. That’s why you have to appreciate bands like The Rebel Light who can transport you back to a time you never knew, only fantasize about. The music found on their latest, A Hundred Summer Days, did just the trick and often times left me swaying back and forth. Forgetting I was reviewing it, I had to go back and relisten a couple of times because it’s the kind of music that will just get you in a moment, and will not let go.

California pop brought to the mainstream in the last decade due to bands like Rooney, that is what you’re dealing with when it comes to The Rebel Light. That’s what you hear in an instant when you press play and “Stranger” comes through. However, unlike Rooney – this band plays more on the indie side and doesn’t ever go overboard with the rock and roll vibe. They keep it chill with endearing songs like “Where Did All The Love Go” and “Hard To Believe.” They also make you think with heavy lines like “Everyone’s a soldier dying of pain” in “Afterlife.” What I loved most though came with “Summer Haze.” It captured the record as a whole as I noted earlier with a pen, the haze this music leaves you in. You drown in its sound, but you never fear being under its spell. “Summer Haze” also provides the most heart in terms of delivery. It was like a power ballad under indie terms.

Living in California today is not the greatest. The rents are high, the space is limited, the time it takes to get from point A to point B is abysmal. Oh to be in the 70’s when things were just easier and everything had a burnt orange hue. While that time has come and gone, The Rebel Light are keeping it alive with their 70’s inspired sounding alternative rock that has a very indie pop feel to it at times. If you’re a fan of Rooney, do yourself a favor and check out A Hundred Summer Days, out now.