Indie Rock

Dramatic Shapes "Underwater Sound"

Dream Pop duo Dramatic Shapes have released a single a month over the last six months, and their most recent is Synth-filled tunes called "Underwater Sounds".

This is the work of brothers Theodore and Ronnie Appert, who both clearly have a deep appreciation and understanding of the deeper corners of the New Wave and Synth Pop sounds of the '80's.


Trace of Lime Reminds Us to Live in the Moment with New Video

            I remember seeing Trace of Lime for the first time several years ago and being blown away by the energy and explosiveness packed into each song. Their latest single, Good Ol’ Days, encapsulates that exact feeling. The song features witty vocals, catchy guitar rhythms and a wildly entertaining music video that utilizes stop-motion stylization. They undoubtedly have their own defined sound that can be categorized as upbeat and cheerful, yet at the same time they express a straightforward rock n roll sound that induces involuntary headbanging. 

When asked about some of the band’s biggest influences, lead singer Jordan ironically listed Rod Serling, Mozart and Mystery Inc. After listening to Trace of Lime, it would be difficult to guess that these are some of the artists who inspire the band. But perhaps, this is one of the reasons why Trace of Lime has such a unique sound that is incomparable to any other band. That being, they don’t try to sound like anyone else. They are who they are and they own it. Jordan elaborates on their effortless ability to solidify their own style, saying “It’s definitely more natural when it comes to the sound... We aren’t married to a specific genre so influence from anything is on the table and everyone is willing to give anything a try.” Though they channel many different influences, their music doesn’t come across as experimental necessarily. You can tell that they incorporate many different ideas, but they always just sound like Trace of Lime, and that is a testament to their creativity. 

The music video supposedly took several years to complete and it’s totally understandable why. Stop motion videos normally take a considerable amount of time to complete, but the final result made the process very much worth the wait. Jordan provides some backstory of the production process, stating “The first verse alone was a picture a day for over a year. Conceptually, The song is saying that the good ol days are currently happening, and to live your life in the day. That’s where the photo a day concept came from. Every day is a piece of the story.” The video was filmed, scripted, directed, and edited by Jordan and his partner, Dusana. I already admired the video before hearing about the ideas that went into it, but now I admire it even more so. The fact that they used stop-motion to accentuate the meaning of the song highlights the band’s artistry. All of their creative decisions are purposeful and impactful, resulting in consistent, high-quality art. 

The four members of Trace of Lime certainly don’t lack any artistic integrity. They make music that satisfies them and it bodes well for their listeners as well. The band mentioned that they have an upcoming record to be on the lookout for, and it supposedly is meant to capture the energy of playing live. If that’s the case, anyone who has ever seen them perform would know that they are in for an absolute treat.



Grey Fields "Weather the Storm"

Grey Fields have released they latest album, Vesna. Last week, they dropped the album's second single, "Weather the Storm", and had previously released "Every Now and Then and Always"

This is the work of of Alex Dzamtovski (vocals/guitar/keys) Adam Repp (bass/vocals) and John Polischuk (drums).

Dzamtovski had this to say about "'Weather The Storm", "it is a song comprising three sections that flirts with ideas such as the hero's journey, The Myth of Sisyphus and most importantly fortitude in the face of struggle."



Indie Rock duo Orisun recently released their debut EP, "This is Orisun". Several months ago they dropped their first single, "Five Years", and it's accompanying Oliv Roe animated video.

This is the work of Kai Black (Drummer/Multi-instrumentalist) and Asha Adisa (Vocalist/Songwriter).


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