Good Graeff Good Job Go ep review

Good Graeff – ‘Good Job Go’ (ep review)

Good Job Go has me feelin’ some type of way. Once the EP had played through for the 6th or 7th time, I had to stop and inquire: when was the last time I heard something that simply put a smile on my face? When was the last time music made me experience unadulterated glee, for nothing but pure enjoyment.

Good Graeff masterfully crafted this release to keep anyone who hears it in absolute bliss. Bringing you back to that full moon on the beach, you feel the midsummer breeze blow back your hair as you take in the sparkling peaks of the Atlantic. Or maybe, it was the trip up to St. Auggie with the entire band in one car; the windows were down and the Florida sun illuminated every beautiful detail.

I digress. Let’s talk about those vocal runs, and how they ran away with my heart. I found myself treated to quick, precise melodies that maintain the thought and emotion of a talented artist, gracefully placed over dreamy cello and poppy bass.

Another delicious treat was lying just under the warm, fuzzy blanket the aforementioned melodies had knit: a floating cello. The instrument’s incorporation suggests a majestic melancholy over an otherwise upbeat album. This is most apparent on the final track on the album, “Unsung Heroes.” Unlike the former songs, this track abandons the rest of the album’s upbeat attitude, laying me to rest beside the sleepy cello.

You know what…
It’s time to press play again.

Good Graeff – ‘Good Job Go’ (ep review) by Graham Johnson

SALES – “Renee” (Tiny Desk Submission)

Orlando duo SALES have yet to perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, but looking at their submission video, NPR is missing out. Lauren Morgan’s vocals fit oh so perfectly with the intimate ambience of the video’s mood; it’s easy to lose yourself in this two-some’s cozy sounds. Enjoy.

Hear SALES’ latest EP at their Bandcamp.

 

Track Premiere: The Death Tremors – “Sat In Blood”

I’m pleased to bring you “Sat In Blood”, the latest song from Orlando-area instrumental rock duo, The Death Tremors. What brothers Riley and Patrick Corcoran lack in vocals, they make up for in ear worm riffs and punchy drum beats. The few quips of sound you do hear out of the boys are yelps laced with effects. This addition, although minor, gives the instruments room to breathe, and in turn, highlights each individual layer of sound. You may not be able to sing along with “Sat In Blood”, but after a few listens, I couldn’t clear my mind of that first ethereal guitar melody. Enjoy.

Hear more from The Death Tremors on their Bandcamp!

Washer – “Rot”

Is it possible for a song to be beautifully lazy? If the lethargic elements in question add to the song’s overall tone, then I’d say yes. Case in point, NYC duo Washer’s couch-locked anthem, “Rot”. The vocals are less-than-eager. The slide guitar slinks around, as if to say, “eh.” When the song explodes, it does so out of idle frustration. “Rot” is about the realization that your life is slipping away, but knowing you lack the motivation to do anything about it. “All I wanna do is rot.” Enjoy.

Hear more from Washer on their Bandcamp.