Baptists – Beacon of Faith

It has always been a bit strange how something so fast, coarse and outright blistering insists on using the moist mossy woodlands of British Columbia as imagery for their art. Their aesthetic has always been caked in soil and undergrowth amongst the ferns and trees. It’s the lands that the…

Hollywood Burns – Invaders

Hollywood Burns’ Invaders lands in a weird and in-between place within the discussion on the plight of retro/synth wave (I’m just going to use synthwave from now on, you know what I mean). It’s an album that suffers from its structure, for some reason making the odd decision of placing its best tracks on its second half. On one hand, we can understand the decision; the first five tracks should be very familiar to anyone who’s up to date with the scene. “Scherzo No. 5 in Death Minor” for example channels the by now familiar horror/occult vibes of artists like Carpenter Brut while its predecessor, “Black Saucers”, rings of most artists being released on Blood Music today (on which label this record was also released). Which is not to say they’re bad tracks. The former especially has some really good ideas and cool line synths. But they’re pretty regular stock within the context of the scene around Hollywood Burns; they don’t really leave their mark on the listener. This cannot be said for what happens further down the line however.

Hey! Listen to Mary Lattimore!

There’s really nothing like the concert experience. From road trips to overpriced venue beers to unforgettable performances, every show’s pros and cons extrapolate from the music to create new, unique meaning. One of my favorite aspects of live shows, and specifically tours, is the ability for larger acts to introduce…