We were back on our game last week, for the most part. We had tons of great tunes, so we’re hoping you caught wind of at least a few of these on the site. But, if you didn’t, Monday’s a great day to just sit back in your chair and relax. I also threw in a few tunes from the likes of Spirit Was, Keg, Power Supply, Belaver and Dummy who all released most excellent albums last week. You get 20 songs to ease you into this week. Might I still suggest listening to Japan Review. That Rural France tune isn’t half bad either!
Having been a fan of LVL UP, I’m definitely interested to see what Nick Corbo is doing with his Spirit Was project, particularly as his debut album looms on the horizon. To me, listening through the latest single, it feels like he’s sort of finding his path as he builds the songs. He starts this one off really quietly, almost like a field recording made to be used later, leaving the song fairly open as his vocals begin to take control of things. Textures get added, carefully, however, almost giving the nod to personal discovery as Corbo makes his way through the scenery of his musical world. Suddenly, the riffs that were merely foreshadowing in the song’s opening crash in, giving the track this almost crashing metal feel, though Nick’s voice feels very Bazaan here, providing some lineage to his sound. Definitely enjoyable to see him find his way, even in his own songs. Heaven’s Just a Cloud is out on October 22nd via Danger Collective Records.
Last week I might have gotten a little carried away; my wife and newborn son were spending a lot of time resting, so I was just hanging out writing about songs all week…something a teacher, soccer coach, dad and label owner typically can’t do. So, this week’s playlist of last week’s hits might be a little longer than usual, but you’re going to be all the better for it. I hope you have a wonderful Monday my friends, and enjoy the jams here!
Nick Corbo is a guy you probably knew during his time playing bass and sometimes signing in the innovative indie rock band LVL UP. After his old band decided to go their separate ways, Corbo stepped out on his own under the recording moniker Spirit Was. Many years were spent perfecting the sound of this new project and now Spirit Was will release a brand new, debut LP on October 22nd entitled Heaven’s Just a Cloud via Danger Collective Records. Prior to that release date, we’ve been treated to this post-emo, Built to Spill, muddy, blues inspired number called “Come Back up to the House”. I love the way the song progresses from this acoustic ballad, into a sort of muddy, indie rock gem with some stellar female vocals to give it a softer touch. You’ll want to check it out below.