First Impressions have been going well so far, so we’re going to keep the feature going on PropertyOfZack. It’s a way for me give my thoughts to our readers on upcoming releases in a format that isn’t based off of a template review style.
Tonight I have my First Impressions on Owen, Matt Vincent and Alex Correia, and The Dangerous Summer's upcoming releases. Check out my thoughts on the three LPs/EPs below and let us know whether you’re excited for them or not!
Owen - L’Ami du Peuple (7/2)
The great thing about Owen is that if you like one release, you’re probably going to like the others too. That’s the nice added bonus to bands like Owen, Lydia, and Death Cab For Cutie. While their music from album to album is different, the core sound and abilities make writing bad music difficult.
Owen’s Ghost Town seemed to fly under the radar for many with an early leak and a sporadic touring schedule due to family and other duties. With any mainstay to our music listening, we expect another good to great release from Mike Kinsella under the Owen moniker every few years, and it’s nice to have that comfort from a favorite artist. But L’Ami du Peuple is a release from Owen that shouldn’t just slide into his greater catalog of music. There are true gems in this ten-song album for all Owen fans.
The record has the attitude, spirit, and music that should make both fans of I Do Perceive and New Leaves more than happy and excited. And, well, if you’re big fans of both of those releases, you’re going to be real stoked.
Tracks like “I Got High” and “A Fever” have continued to stand out for me as strong, a little witty, and a little blunt. The edge that Kinsella can provide feels smooth and is ever refreshing with L’Ami.
The general Owen fan and the fanatic Owen listener may very well meet together in the middle over appreciation of L’Ami du Peuple. It is one of Mike Kinsella’s best releases, and it shouldn’t be skipped over. Here’s to more Owen in 2013 and onward.
Pre-order L’Ami du Peuple here.
Matt Vincent, Alex Correia – Split (7/9)
We each have a band or an artist that we champion above all others, for reasons that don’t necessarily seem sensible to others. The bands we rant about usually tend to be on the smaller side of popular, but we know damn well that they should be a lot bigger to someone other than us. It’s our job to keep pushing, to keep hoping the music finds others that appreciate it as much as we do.
The American Scene is one of those bands for me. I was sold from the moment I hit play on their two-song split with Daybreaker that came out on Pure Noise Records in 2011, and even further sold on the 2012 release of Safe For Now. Thus the announcement of a Matt Vincent (the frontman of The American Scene) and Alex Correia (the frontman of The Tower and the Fool) excited me to an extra special degree.
You’d think a sad, mellow, and reflective batch of songs from both Vincent and Correia would be best served for a fall helping of music, but the summer environment works perfectly for these six tracks. Whether it’s on a walk or over a drink, these songs capture you and a state of your past. Yes, they’re those kind of bittersweet songs you love to hate and hate to love.
Being an indie rock-ish band in a pop-punk scene is hard, and often fruitless. The American Scene’s Safe For Now and The Tower And The Fool’s How Long have their crop of fans, but not quite as much as they deserve. These stripped down acoustic songs will hopefully give potential fans in our world, or another, a chance to find the bands and the material of the frontmen we’re listening to.
Don’t make me champion music that you should already know about. Pre-order Matt Vincent and Alex Correia’s split here.
The Dangerous Summer - Golden Record (8/6)