Artist: Dylan Ewen
Dylan Ewen // Fort Worthless
A lot of people use the “bedroom music” tag as an excuse for writing pensive, deeply personal, and sometimes overly somber music. And while that sort of music certainly has its place, I feel like some of it maybe takes itself too seriously. Not Dylan Ewen though. His tracks are brimming with energy, humor, and they offer a glimpse into the quirky personality of the young Boston songwriter.
His tracks are fuzzy, flaming little spitballs and he is taking aim directly at your eye. You see there is a certain amount of mischief in these tracks, like a tongue-in-cheeked mean-spiritedness that Dylan makes no attempt to veil. He also tucks in biting audio clips from various movies (American Psycho, Singin’ In the Rain, The Big Lebowski, American Beauty) that match the bitter, self-aware tone of the music itself. I can see how it might wear thin on some listeners, but if you tune into the vibe that Dylan is playing around with here then Fort Worthless has the potential to be a lot of fun. Listen to a few of his tracks and see which group you fall into.
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Kid/Astro // Disaster Sounds
This is one to play loud and preferably with a melting popsicle in hand. If you guys dig High Pop (and come on, who doesn’t?) then you already have an in with this band. You see Jordan Caulfield, who is the half of High Pop with the beautiful locks, plays guitar and drums in Kid/Astro. He is joined by Thomas Reid, Dan Lewicki, and Ryan Jantz and together they form a delightful Boston quartet.
These guys make liking them an easy task. The music on their newest album Disaster Sounds is laid-back, guitar-driven fuzz pop that is perfect music to get sunburned to. I’m in the habit of making random summer mixtapes every year and leaving them dispersed around my house, family cars, and friends’ apartments; so I’m always on the lookout for music that I can throw on a CD-R and toss in the car. Kid/Astro perfectly fits this bill by crafting uncomplicated, instantly gratifying pop music that will no doubt be getting a lot of play from me in the coming weeks. It’s out now on Seagreen Records Bring on the heat!
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