KBGA NEW MUSIC ADDS: JULY 6
Fuuls - it's a secret
FUULS released a three song (it’s practically two) EP and it’s dope. It’s always fun getting fresh content from a popular local band, and these new couple of songs don’t disappoint. They’re still pissed. They still hate the government. They still make harsh songs with catchy melodies. Letting you fight the good fight and let loose a bit too, maybe.
BTS - LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear'
BTS is a worldwide sensation. Not many people play them on the radio. What the hell? This is actually a really solid pop album. There’s a bunch of variety in this encompassing album. From the hit track “FAKE LOVE” showcasing every member of the Korean boy band, to the track “Truth Untold,” a soft, catchy piano love song. Yeah, you probably can’t understand what they’re saying. But, the fun thing about pop music, you generally don’t need to pay attention to the lyrics much, anyway. All it has to be is catchy and singable.
Jackson emmer - Jukebox
This guy was at the Top Hat recently and hand delivered this album to us. He also makes some pretty good music. This album feels simple, but not bland. There are your good old fashioned country tropes here: songs about Texas, drinking, women, dancing, whatever. Occasionally, he has some accompaniment that has a nice breath to the dusty twang. This guy likes making music, and it’s fun to listen to. There isn’t anything revolutionary here, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything valuable.
Yuno - Moodie
There’s a little insert I got when I received this album. It was described as looking into the room of a 20-year-old music hermit. Different tracks reflect different things he has around his room. There are so many influences to this album. There’s blends of hip-hop, R&B , synth pop, skater music, with some of Yuno’s Jamaican heritage running through. Somehow it all blends under a common theme and the album is pretty tranquil. The album is short, only six songs, but each track is unique and fresh.
Darshan Pulse - Olive Moksha
This album was made by one of KBGA’s very own. It took them a long-ass time to make and you should give it a listen. It’s an album that expresses the essence of samsara, the Buddhist doctrine of cyclical existence. In the same vein, this album is very deliberate. It feels as though it is crafted with a delicate hand, putting each instrumental in its place. At times, the album is dreamy, at others, frightening.
RT: I dunno, try any of it
River Whyless - Kindness, A Rebel
This album took me off guard. It takes a lot of inspiration from folk music. Instruments, progressions, soothing harmonies and political lyrics gives this album a folk feel. But it also feels progressive. In the track “Born in the Right Country,” the singer carries the tune with a little twang, but there’s a slight distortion with his voice, and, later in the song, a light-toned synth plays. All of this really works in conjunction, the album doesn’t feel hokey, but fresh.
Curated by: Tim Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org)