Nate Banks’ Debut Single a Valentine’s Day Treat

Today belongs to the love songs.  And with his debut single “Some People,” Nate Banks has made his play to make his way onto your playlist.

Nate Banks, a Vanderbilt junior, released his debut single "Some People" today.
Nate Banks, a Vanderbilt junior, released his debut single “Some People” today.

The junior from Fairfax, VA has been involved in the Vanderbilt music scene since a brief stint with the Melodores as a freshman, but this is his first foray into the world of solo artistry.  And “Some People” makes a strong statement about his potential.  The song is driven by a playful, carefree ukulele riff that causes your mind and muscles to relax upon first hearing it.  Banks’ smooth, youthful voice beckons to you over the jaunty beat, entreating you to forget worldly troubles and stay by his side, where you’ll inevitably find the most comfort.  It’s the perfect message for a song being released on Valentine’s Day, particularly if you have a significant other in whose love you can lose your worries until you fall asleep.  And if you are celebrating Singles’ Awareness Day instead, perhaps “Some People” will remind you not to fret, and that as long as you have friends to keep you company, you too can find a way to release the worldly troubles that might be bothering you.  Check out the song on Nate’s website, or just listen via Spotify right here!

I had a chance to talk to Nate about the release of his single and his place within the Vanderbilt music scene.  Read on for the full interview:

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The Legend of the Seagullmen: First Impressions

Fans of metal are most likely very familiar with Mastodon and Tool, two bands that have created loyal fan bases centered around rather unique sounds and styles.  Just today, Brent Hinds, lead guitarist for Mastodon, and Danny Carey, drummer for Tool, have made their new project, The Legend of the Seagullmen, known.  After releasing two songs via their website (theseagullmen.com), immediately music news sources began to speculate as to the long term goals of the new supergroup.  The band is nautically-themed, as evident by their name and the names of the first two released tracks by the band, and they also include OFF! frontman Dimitri Coats in the lineup.

Brent Hinds of Mastodon
Brent Hinds of Mastodon

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More Humble Opinions on More Modest Mouse

Two weeks ago, I reviewed Modest Mouse’s two releases off of their upcoming album, Strangers to Ourselves, set to release on March 17th. This past week, the band dropped another single, “The Best Room”, giving more insight into the upcoming album to fans that have been waiting for nearly eight years. Like most bands that have found commercial success, Modest Mouse has polarized fans between their “pure” early works, and newer well-produced material. Whether you are looking for the Modest Mouse from recent albums like Good News For People Who Love Bad News (aka the album with “Float On”) and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, or hoping they can incorporate more of their edgier sound from an album like The Lonesome Crowded West, these singles are much needed messages from a band who has not been responding back for far too long.

 

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Tame Impala’s Weird Cousin: WRVU Reviews Pond’s “Man It Feels Like Space Again”

Many fans of old 60′s music and psychedelia will know names like Tame Impala and Foxygen due to their neo-psychedelic sound and influences, but also because of the critical acclaim and publicity that they’ve received in recent years.  Even more music-oriented people will know The Flaming Lips as they’ve been around for 30+ years and have managed to keep themselves in the public eye with tricks, gimmicks, and, most importantly, a steady stream of music (while it sometimes seems hit or miss).  But many people aren’t aware of Pond, or at least haven’t heard any of their material.  Some are far too quick to judge and claim Pond as simply a “Tame Impala offshoot” when the truth is that they have been around since the time of Tame Impala’s inception.  With a similar style to those aforementioned psychedelia-influenced groups, Pond have managed to come a long way since their debut, Psychedelic Mango.

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Diving Deep: The Best of Deep House, Future R&B and More

Getting into the electronica scene these days can get a little overwhelming. Trap, deep house, progressive house, jersey club, future R&B, dubstep, future bass and many more… the list just goes on & on. The subgenres of EDM can be extremely intimidating. If you ever feel personally victimized by your electronica-loving music snob friends, you should probably educate yourself on a few artists in the scene. Luckily for you, I’ve got some recent releases in store to keep you hip to some of the best beats on the block.

For those of you who don’t know, Snakehips is a British duo. From their breakout onto the scene with their remix of Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late,” they’ve come quite a long way. Snakehips hasn’t released any new material for a long while until just a few days ago. This newest release, “Gone” featuring Syd, lives up to their usual high standard of quality production. With sultry vocals emanating from a backdrop of layered synths and chimes, Snakehips’ new jam is the perfect addition to any late night playlist. Check it out below:

Hailing from France, deep house remixer TEEMID is another artist to watch. His remixes of older pop songs as well as female covers of well-known songs are stellar. TEEMID recently dropped a remix of “Sun Goes Down,” a track originally by Robin Schulz and Jasmine Thompson. I really don’t know what to say about it other than you should seriously check it out. It’s the epitome of deep house ~vibes~.

Kaytranada might be one of my favorite artists of all time. From producer to DJ to musician, Kaytranada is no one trick pony. He’s produced songs from up-and-comer Vic Mensa’s “Wimme Nah” to Shay Lia’s “3 Months,” and he’s released tons of fantastic remixes over the past few years. One of his most recent standouts is his flip of BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Kaleidoscope.” Though Kaytranada usually shines brightest through his remixes of Hip Hop/R&B songs, his remix of BADBADNOTGOOD’s jazzy jam is truly stellar. If you like this, you should also definitely check out his remix of “Be Your Girl.”

Another genre you might’ve heard about is tropical house. At the forefront of this island vibe movement is Kyrre Kørvell-Dahll, a.k.a. Kygo. Though his music sounds like the product of a cheerful inhabitant on a tropical island in the Caribbean, Kygo is actually from Norway. Plot twist, huh? Anyway, I digress. Some of his most famous remixes like Seinabo Sey’s “Younger” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” exemplify his signature style. Lately he’s been working on more solo work, such as his new single, “Firestone.”

Last up, we’ve got a tune by Terence N’guyen. More commonly known as Darius, this French artist is known for his innovation in fusing elements of funk, disco and house through his remixes. One of his most recent releases is a remix of Flight Facilities’s song “Two Bodies.” With its slow tempo and dreamily percussive bass, Darius’s work is a deep house masterpiece. Listen below.

So next time one of your friends starts talking about deep house, EDM or anything in between, make sure you throw in your two cents. If you can name off anything other than “Animals, “Sandstorm” or Skrillex, they’ll probably be impressed.

Humble Opinion on Modest Mouse

 

Cover art for upcoming Modest Mouse album
Cover art for upcoming Modest Mouse album

Over the past month, Modest Mouse has released two singles off of their highly anticipated upcoming album, Strangers to Ourselves. It has been nearly eight years since the release of their last album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, which was either Modest Mouse’s best album or worse album depending on who you ask. Naturally, there was a lot of excitement and anxiety over the direction Modest Mouse would take with this next album, which warrants us to take a closer look at the releases.

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Fulfilling Your Lack of Foxygen: WRVU Reviews “…And Star Power”

 

Album cover for Foxygen's latest album, "...And Star Power"
Album cover for Foxygen’s latest album, “…And Star Power”

 

California natives Foxygen recently released their third full-length album, “…And Star Power”, and I couldn’t have been more hyped for the release date.  Knowing Foxygen, I expected to get a blissful mix of neo-psychedelia and 60′s revival, and what I got was so much more.  Their third album marks the first double album from the duo, and with their first double album comes some new elements to their sound.  Even before listening to the album, I noticed a bunch of small tracks in between the longer ones, eventually turning out to be mainly segues between the songs.  Segues are new to Foxygen’s music, and they manage to pull them off incredibly well.   [Read more...]