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[Folk] Harlan Pepper – Great Lakes

Though the first few seconds of “Great Lakes” may have you second guessing Harlan Pepper for Mumford and Sons, these youngin’s surely clear up the confusion throughout the rest of the track utilizing unique timbres and an interesting combination of piano, banjo, and harmonica goodness. “Great Lakes” is a track off Harlan Pepper’s album “Young and Old” (almost symbolic itself considering these boys are barely out of high school yet they throw in classic bluegrass , country and blues –not so typical of teenagers and more of their elder musicians). And though I’m all accepting and appreciative of diversifying my own music taste with hints of bluegrass and folk music, “Great Lakes” is almost an ode to my 5th grade geography class back in my native Michigan. But there you have it –it’s a song for all ages (young and old), and is certainly an attractive lyrical piece. Just do not tell Harlan Pepper this song is inferior or they would probably tell you to jump in….yep, Lake Superior. Oh, geography class.

Harlan Pepper – Great Lakes

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[Indie] Twin Shadow – Slow

Though the concept of “New Wave” isn’t as “new” as it was in 1983, the music genre seems to be coming back to life in this day and age. A slew of new bands are trading their snares in for drum machines, and their grand pianos for synthesizers –and many music zealots like it. The synth-overload may sound too pop and staged through many artists, but George Lewis Jr., mastermind behind ‘Twin Shadow’ has brought “brand-new” to “New Wave”.

The track “Slow” from his upcoming debut album, “Forget”, channels in a bit of 80’s legends such as Joy Division and Depeche Mode, but also throws in a dash of new-era alternative synth-pop as heard through M83. Drum machines, heavy bass lines, and electric notes sprinkle through the melody as Lewis pours is heart out through the lyrics and melancholy vocals. The ever-so-catchy chorus is shouted out as though it had been trapped in the heart and soul since…well, possibly 1983. It’s a simple track with many dynamics, but simplicity is what makes the song so easy and enjoyable to listen to. This genre may be aching for true hearted artists and it is almost certain that it may find it through one Twin Shadow.

Twin Shadow – Slow

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