Living Decent - 'Living Decent' (ep review)

Living Decent – ‘Living Decent’ (ep review)

Fall in Florida is weird. One day, you feel like you’re floating in the middle of a PSL, nuzzled-up watching trees slowly die. The next, that unforgiving bitch summer shows her nasty head like the ex you can’t get rid of. This back-and-forth, bipolar game of love can stretch throughout winter, and can suck the holiday spirit out of old Santy Claus himself. On their debut EP, Living Decent encapsulate this feeling with a release that soundtracks both the cool breeze of fall, and the hot hell of fall. Enjoy.

At first glimpse — or whatever the auditory version of a glimpse is — Living Decent seems like a full on summer EP; it was released back in July and the guitar often sounds like soft swells, running onto warm sand. But on the intro, “Close Enough to Keep You Close,” Victor Alvarez’s voice sparks a sentiment that thrusts me  into the cool isolation of autumn. His ghostly tones engulf the release in a sense of longing — hauntingly abundant on the hook of “Borrowed Bike”: “You feel like home.”

This theme of nostalgia as pain is further exemplified in the song’s video. In it, we watch an old home video, a flashback to a time where the American life was simpler, more pure. Although the instrumentals in their openness create the sensation of freedom, the EP as a whole tries to recapture a lost feeling. “Bad Collections” cries, “Your glowing lights are now receding.” Like a Floridian longing for jacket appropriate weather, Living Decent look at the skeletons in their closet and wish they were still flesh and blood.

Take me back
Back before the day we met
Back before we had any consequence

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Free Throw – “Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer”

Nashville indie rockers Free Throw have succeeded in melting the heart of the grumpiest of Christmas grumps. They went right for the feels with this one. “Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer” has always been my favorite Christmas song about Santa pulling a hit-and-run. If you wish, you can check out the boys original tunes at their Bandcamp. Enjoy.

You Blew It! – “Lanai”

You Blew It! are having very productive 2014. In January, they released their second full-length LP Keep Doing What You’re Doing, an album that I reviewed and loved. Then in August, they dropped an EP of covers celebrating the 20th anniversary of Weezer’s The Blue Album. Today the band gave fans an early Christmahanakwanzika present. The Orlando foursome teased their upcoming EP Pioneer of Nothing with the release of “Lanai.” Here, the song remains the same: sugary guitar riffs, a groovin’ bass line, and Tanner’s emotive lyricism. Enjoy.

Music Video: Flashlights – “Islands”

Flashlights played one of the first shows I went to after moving to Orlando. Since then, the band has done incredible things for themselves. They’ve earned infinitely more fans; their music has continually progressed, and they’ve toured the country. Their latest video is for “Islands,” a horribly conflicted song where emotions of the past crash in a dramatic car accident. The video plays off these emotions. We see an old slide projector. Memories flicker through the lens and into our brains. Our reflections of these events lead to fond nostalgia and cold regret. Sometimes about the same recollection. The video’s film-like warmth adds a personal attachment – it may have actually been shot on with film. The haunting piano that closes the song/video is painful reminder that the past is just that. Enjoy.

THIS FRIDAY!! A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Prawn, & Field Mouse @ BACKBOOTH

There are going some dope – yes, I said dope, that’s how real I am – shows coming to Orlando in the next few months, and this one just happens to be the closest. On Friday, Topshelf Records invades Orlando, and their bringing the moderately loud noise. Enjoy.

Buy your tickets now!

A Great Big Pile of Leaves

AGBPOL are riding hot after the re-release of their 2010 album, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?. In the past, they’ve toured with Orlando act You Blew It!, a longtime live favorite, but I haven’t yet gotten the chance to see AGBPOL live. Look at this gorgeous limited edition vinyl. You just want to lick it.

Hear the whole album at AGBPOL’s Soundcloud!

 Diamond Youth

In February, Baltimore boys Diamond Youth released their second EP Shake. “Can’t Shake the Feeling” is a particularly rad song from the EP, but don’t take my word for it, listen to the whole thing!

Prawn

New Jersey folk Prawn have a couple releases of their own, most notably their two LPs with Topshelf, 2011’s You Can Just Leave It All  and 2012’s Ships. “Why You Always Leave A Note” is off their 2014 split with Joie De Vivre.

Hear more from Prawn on Spotify.

Field Mouse

Field Mouse is destined to be the pleasant wildcard of the evening. They’re a bit different from the other acts, but their different is refreshing. Listen to the swirling synths and sweat vocal melodies off the band’s July 2014 release, Hold Still Life.

Hear all of Hold Still Life on Field Mouse’s Soundcloud.

You Blew It! to release Weezer cover EP, “You Blue It” on 7/15

Still riding the wave of popularity behind their sophomore album, Orlando natives You Blew It! are set to release an EP of choice Weezer cuts from the band’s 1994 album, Weezer (The Blue Album). Two songs, “My Name is Jonas” and “Surf Wax America,” have already helped build anticipation for the EP. You can pre-order You Blue It over at Topshelf Records. Good job boys. Brilliant pun. Enjoy.