Song Of The Day: Sincere Engineer – Trust Me

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Chicago pop-punk/emo band Sincere Engineer‘s just released sophomore album Bless My Psyche is a solid collection of songs dealing with themes of self-doubt and ennui. To some, that might not sound like the most fun listen, but one of the major strengths of Deanna Belos’s songwriting is her ability to write honestly about such feelings while still making it all sound rather uplifting and yes, quite relatable to many.

Opening track “Trust Me” starts things off with Belos belting out, “I need, I need, I need, I need help/And I yell, I yell, I yell “How do I stop this?”/’Cause I keep, I keep, I keep doing this to myself/And it’s coming down, it’s coming down like a faucet.” It’s a strong opener to a strong album. Check it out.

Bless My Psyche is out now on Hopeless Records.

Song of the Day: pizza4sluts – Talk About the Moon

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Who doesn’t want to be on the cutting edge of the music scene? Anyone? Anyone? No? That’s what we thought.

Coming out of COVID, if you weren’t too busy cultivating sourdough starters, you may very well have been listening to and experimenting with some musical genres or artists who were previously hidden from view by pre-pandemic activities and distractions. On the other side of the listening coin, there were a few select Millennials who were picking up ukuleles and mics and churning out new tunes. How to know who to pay attention to? Let us tell you.

Straight from the city of deep dish itself, pizza4sluts, founded and fueled by the lovely and talented Chicagoan Ms. Allison Staulcup, is here to rock your world. The singer-songwriter has graced us with her debut release “Talk About the Moon,” a lilting and lovely track that reminisces on unspoken questions and nostalgia for what never was. A perfect track for a pandemic world where we’ve spent so much time sitting in our apartments ruminating on the world outside, Staulcup’s smooth singing voice backed by the light chords of the ukulele make a perfect combo for this stripped down, achingly bittersweet track. It is guaranteed to give you chills and make the perfect soundtrack to kick off your autumn. Put down that sourdough slice and hit play – the sooner you listen the sooner you’ll love it.

Album Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Enjoy The View (2021, Big Scary Monsters)

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It’s quite fitting that We Were Promised Jetpacks open their latest album with a track entitled “Not Me Anymore.” Of course the band are still very much themselves, but the moody vocal delivery of Adam Thompson and the chilled out, synth-heavy sounds signal a change of sorts and the track definitely stands out in sounding not quite like anything WWPJ have done before. It comes across as almost a mission statement – in starting the album off with such a departure, the band is definitely letting the listener know to expect something a bit different. This willingness to switch things up a bit and broaden their sound has certainly paid off, with WWPJ producing perhaps their strongest album since their debut These Four Walls.

For those worried that the band may have strayed too far from their origins, songs like “Fat Chance” veer a bit closer to the band’s past sounds, though with lyrics about doing “a complete 180,” it certainly still shares some common themes with “Not Me Anymore.” The standout of the album though is also its literal centrepiece – probably no coincidence. That track, “If It Happens,” lends the album its title with its lyric “All I want to do is get high and enjoy the view” also doubling as an apropos description of the overall vibe of the album – subdued in some ways yet also quite expansive and adventurous.

Enjoy The View is out September 10 on Big Scary Monsters.

Song Of The Day: REM – Leave (Alternate Version)

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of REM’s 1996 album New Adventures in Hi-Fi and to commemorate the occasion, the band is releasing a special 25th anniversary edition full of b-sides, alternate versions, and a bunch of other extras and goodies (out on October 29 via Craft Recordings). The first single off the album is an alternate version of “Leave” which takes a more haunting and ethereal approach than the original album version. Check it out below.

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