Is the mind not influenced by emotion constantly? How do emotions change the way one imagines, and/or perceives reality? Is it the seas that are tumultuous, or is it me? Chris Bathgate's "Dizzy Seas", is inspired by these kinds of questions, and is sonically laid out to insight and allow daydream by the listener.
Late in 2014, Stepdad's tour van was broken into and several things were stolen, the most important of which was the hard drive that contained a good chunk of what was to become their new full-length album. Many a tasty jam and critical banger were lost in what we've come to call "The Great Banger Heist of 2014". Despite what was lost, 4 of the songs were already finished, and made it out alive. These are the survivors.
As time has settled things, the fossils of Frontier Ruckus' first records remain, but a new rolling house has been built upon it by the band, as if pulled from show to show, tour stop to tour stop. Matthew Milia and company aren't stopping. There's some place to be. Now 6 years on from their first full length, lauds from NPR, Paste, Rolling Stone, and Daytrotter in the rear-view, and remnants of tours to Europe and each corner of these United States scattered in fanny-packs and hollow-body guitar cases, Sitcom Afterlife, set to arrive November 11th, 2014, speaks with a more compact and frontal approach. In these new songs Frontier Ruckus isn't retreading those two-lane highways they've came on, but leaning forward - there's a structured forward motion to this collection, a sense of urgency toward the present, and a brevity that speaks of immediate passion - not disregarding that lived-in past but also not forlornly dragging it behind this shiny-new Airstream trailer that is Sitcom Afterlife.
The Afro-futurist mix of Hip-Hop/R&B/Punk that is Tunde Olaniran returns with his first full-length album on Quite Scientific entitled Transgressor. The record showcases Olaniran's masterful approach to mixing intelligent and conscious commentary with a slew of personal revelations and heartfelt declarations. Propulsive entries like "Namesake" and "KYBM" instantly signify the hi-energy dance-pop feel that has brought attention to Olaniran in the past, while tracks like "Let Me Go", "Up & Dow", and "Everyone's Missing" make clear his abilities to be at once gut-wrenchingly emotional, candidly playful, or deadly-serious.
Currently calling the United States his home after various stints in Nigeria, Germany, and England, Olaniran has in a very short time become one of the most beloved fixtures of an ever evolving Detroit music scene, as well as a driving force within the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides). His previous EPs have led to plenty of praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Paste, BlackBook, Paste, EW and countless others while his penchant for channeling his energies into additional projects as an author, choreographer, and community organizer has made Olaniran's voice one that can't help but be heard in 2015.
Ultimate Oceans is the follow-up to 2012's Coastlines, a record that spent a couple weeks in the top 20 of the CMJ Top 200 Charts after having tracks featured by Noisey, Insound, and Consequence of Sound. Lead single "Galaxies" features FAWNN's signature hooky boy/girl harmonies, melodic guitar interplay and undeniable rhythm grooves, but like many of the more immediate cuts on Ultimate Oceans, the band has added a John-Hughes-era-credit-sequence chorus that is sure to have you fumbling for the "repeat" button. The Ultimate Oceans vinyl release features a spliff-and-headphone-friendly track sequence, complete with lock out grooves so you can continue your trip right on into next week, if you want. And, it comes with a digital download coupon, in case you decide to go back to work at some point and want to keep the party rolling. The Ultimate Oceans digital release includes four remixes by Zach Shipps (Electric Six, Ladytron, Belle Ghoul, Midnight Juggernauts), along with album outtake "Pixelfire," which is Such. A. Jam.