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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, …

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 …

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.

Song Of The Day: Wet Leg – Chaise Longue

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With their mix of post-punk sounds, clever lyrics, and a deadpan vocal delivery, Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg seem to have figured out a winning formula with their single “Chaise Longue.” Give it a listen, perhaps while reclining on a chaise longue and consuming a pack of warm beer.