The Shining + Redrum Gin Martini

Stanley Kubrick changed a fundamental element in Jack Torrance's personality for his screen adaption of The Shining¬†: the man's preferred drink. Bourbon on the rocks is a solid go-to drink, however, in Stephen King's mind Torrance was a martini guy. In both renditions Torrance gave up drinking. For those who love a stiff cocktail,¬†The Shining … Continue reading The Shining + Redrum Gin Martini

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Carter Vail – “Melatonin”

"Melatonin" opens with a lushly calming build that evokes euphoria throughout the 5 minute track. Listening through layers of guitar, low-humming synths, twinkling keys, and subdued vocals is the auditory embodiment of walking through a lively garden on a sunny June afternoon. Carter Vail's melody fills up the soundscape's vast space while not obscuring it's … Continue reading Carter Vail – “Melatonin”

Phileas Fogg – “Will Never Be Played Again.”

Phileas Fogg's, "Will Never Be Played Again." is a moody and passionate psych rock track that reminds strongly of the Arctic Monkeys' freshly evolved sound on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. An unsettling, yet intriguing atmosphere builds tediously, welcoming haunting vocals at the 0:55 mark. The progression gives way to a wonky psych guitar breakdown … Continue reading Phileas Fogg – “Will Never Be Played Again.”

My Ultra Violet – “Islands”

  "Islands" rocks in like a steady and welcome summer breeze. Lead singer, Dexy Valentine's vocals remind fondly of Stevie Nicks': unwavering and warmingly pleasant. Jangly guitar chords and lush vocal layering combine for a dreamy atmosphere invocative of a sharply memorable summer night. The melody is an instantly nostalgic summer anthem that begs you … Continue reading My Ultra Violet – “Islands”

Pelicat – “Tell Me I’m Wrong”

Jangly guitars set the stage for suave and effervescent vocals that remind fondly of Little Joy's delightful pop melodies. Pelicat's "Tell Me I'm Wrong" follows a continuous progression that makes way for a lovable fuzz transition at the 2 minute mark. The track is the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday stuck in monotony. Listen if … Continue reading Pelicat – “Tell Me I’m Wrong”

Sleepy Zuhoski – “Daydream”

"Daydream" is a catchy ethereal soundscape with vocals that hover between folk and pop. The mindlessly fluid progression reminds fondly of Weezer's "Island in the Sun" and is the sonic embodiment of the track's lyrics "we should take a trip / and melt away our brains today". Sunny guitar chords and relaxed percussion create an … Continue reading Sleepy Zuhoski – “Daydream”