Toronto-born Scott Lanaway decided to take everything he loved about music, melt it down, and create his own silver bullet. “Mergers & Acquisitions” is the fruit of this labor. Granted this is sophomore release, it still feels like a birth. The songs and sounds contained are so well thought-out, planned, and composed that it feels like it was the work of a debut simply because the majority of songwriter’s best songs are created as their first body of work rather than their second or later efforts. “Oprah, God Wants You to Have a Private Jet” shows Lanaway doesn’t need to be cornered amid the subject matter of his songs that are often mind-wandering noodles and thoughts of love, death, time, the mind, and everything in between. His textures are sprinkled with electronica and acoustic vibes that are just unbelievable and uninhibited. He bares his soul, unafraid to let anyone in to peer in curiosity at what this creature is thinking and doing. Beautiful, please pick it up and tell him I sent you.
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So who wouldn’t look at that cover and mutter “Echo and the Bunnymen” under their breath? Well cast that notion aside, The Thought Criminals are a hard-edged electronica outfit formed in South London in ’04. Their debut album features dance beats that bleed post-modern club hit-making with electro punk influences and humor not heard since Lords of Acid. While they share about negative infinity with the aforementioned Bunnymen, they certainly have ‘80’s influences pumping through their veins and arteries. Nice. Think somewhere between straight up inferno electro and Sister Machine Gun. Yeah I know.
Modern electronic pop-rock hybrids Baumer unleash their definitive album upon us with “Were It Not for You”, a devilishly catchy album of powerful hooks and electro-pop cleverness. Hailing from South Carolina, their sound may be an odd fit for their surroundings but there is a certain unadulterated humidity about their choruses and fist-pumping verses. Armed with a knack for uncanny lyrics, Baumer levels the playing field with each and every song. Imagine a lesser Muse and you’re on the right track.