Venturing to the Lightness with Gang of Youths

Australia has held tight to Gang of Youths, a rock band that has seen fame in their native stomping ground more readily than here in the States. Now it seems their new LP, Go Farther In Lightness, has made an ocean-spanning impact. Gang of Youths have written a record filled with introspective rock songs that showcase their adept musicality, boundless possibility, and above all, heart.  … Continue reading Venturing to the Lightness with Gang of Youths

A Mature Debut: Don’t Let the Kids Win

sngalbums: Julia Jacklin’s debut is filled with a nascent wonder. Her songwriting is refreshingly youthful, remarking on small moments that become significant in our old age. Familiar folk progressions meet her beautifully restrained voice which create earworms that haunt my heart. The title track is an egregious offender in this case; I often murmur the refrain under my breath, but it sounds even more pained … Continue reading A Mature Debut: Don’t Let the Kids Win

Trekking Across the City with Still Parade

sngalbums: I first sat down to listen to this album on an exploratory adventure via mass transit across the city. Back in May, LADOT cut the ribbon on several new metro stations, extending the Expo line to somewhere that no Los Angeles rail transit line has ever gone before: the beach. For the first weekend of its opening, fares were waived, so I decided to … Continue reading Trekking Across the City with Still Parade