Despite the ebbs and flows of the music industry, this experimental music duo endures.

Mariuca García-Lomas of Northwest (Photo: Daniele Coluccielo)

The world is a portrait, painted in black and white…

…At least in the eyes of Mariuca García-Lomas and Ignacio Simón, the innovative minds behind Northwest, an experimental music duo hailing all the way from London.

Operating under their own DIY record label, Tempel Arts, Northwest is among the many Bandcamp acts making waves in the platform and have raised a community of dedicated listeners outside their local music circuit, thanks to its generous name-your-price model opening doors to artists and music fans alike.

But much like the oceans of artists who have garnered a share of collective interest among…


Do not be deceived by its rather unwelcoming cover art.

Somniloquy cover art (Photo taken from Bandcamp)

Somniloquy is the sweet, cacophonous embrace one would never expect they would desperately crave upon hearing for the first time.

What Filipino artist extraordinaire Shuichi comes through with in 2020 is a solid, genre-fluid album that inventively fuses elements of R&B, shoegaze, dream pop, indie rock, and dance music without leaving a sour aftertaste, but is rather plated in such a way that provides an ominous progression from one track to the next.

Somniloquy is a sentimental album that lavishes on the idea of self-fulfillment. Eschewing tropes that evoke sonic uniformity, Shuichi, along with their producer Haute Couture, challenges their…


Hustling is the name of their game

The Texas-based hip-hop duo Tribe Mafia, comprised of American rappers Chinasa Broxton and Carlos Moore, is one of the busiest acts to come out of Austin, having gained accolades throughout their career thus far by holding occasional listening parties in their local hip-hop community, winning renowned competitions such as the world’s largest indie artist showcase, “Coast 2 Coast,” and touring across the world with Akon, among many other feats.

It is because of these accomplishments that Tribe Mafia was able to land a distribution deal with Sony’s The Orchard on behalf of IndieNation, and most recently, get listed to perform…


As the world sinks into a perpetual state of fear, ‘The Seventh Seal’ looks inward for solace.

Two paragons of Texas talent in the state’s local hip-hop scene come together for a new project, unveiling a clandestine part of their personality that was never on display in their past works.

The Seventh Seal is a 7-track collaboration project between cloud rap figure The Teeta, lyrical virtuoso Willo, and executive producer BIK CZ.

A look into their back catalog

The Seventh Seal sees the two MCs diving into the conscious realm of rap. …


Photo: Mason Fairey / Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ did exactly what its name implied — and it’s one of the things that worked in the album that I wish didn’t.

Instrumentally vibrant yet emotionally skin-deep, the Auckland-based indie pop-rock quartet The Beths’ sophomore effort continues to highlight the band’s knack for the four-piece cookie-cutter songwriting formula.

And while such approach of simplicity worked to the benefit of their 2018 debut album, The Future Hates Me, making for an enjoyable experience, Jump Rope Gazers seems to have overstayed its welcome by exhausting (to put it bluntly, ‘recycling’) the same formula as before, but a tad…


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For a song about excess, TWICE’s latest single is severely lacking.

Come a new era in the TWICE canon, celebrity K-Pop nonet, TWICE, has released yet another eponymous project after their phenomenal release of Feel Special less than a year ago — and it was their most glamorous single yet that showed us signs of maturity within the group.

Maturity; it was this same characteristic that made Feel Special, as its title suggests, special, which the group tried to capitalize on as they were teasing More & More’s release with short, half-minute trailers and such.

And indeed so, More &…


Ever since starting her music career with the release of her first studio album over a decade ago, grabbing everyone’s attention with an unforgettable hit single in 2011 along the way, radio-pop-princess-turned-indie-queen Carly Rae Jepsen has proven to us time and time again that she’s not just your typical, pop-star-next-door.

Now, a year after the release of her fourth album, Dedicated, and a Side B to the album coming this Thursday, May 21st, she has received many accolades, garnering a loyal and dedicated (pun intended) fanbase from within and beyond the pop-sphere.

At this point, claiming that Carly’s breakthrough is…


Submission to humanity’s ‘new gods’ is a theme central to Miss Anthropocene, in which Grimes depicts a dystopian future where humans have abandoned the old ways of nature and religion, bowing down to the humanoid gods of a world where the artificial reigns supreme — and as terrifying as it is, she makes it sound kinda sweet.

Grimes’ highly-anticipated 2020 album, Miss Anthropocene, which was teased way back late 2018 with the single We Appreciate Power, hinting towards a nu-metal/industrial direction (as Poppy did on her latest LP “I Disagree” this January) on her latest record, is a lot more…


The earnest reverie displayed by Sophie Allison in her music under the veneer of Soccer Mommy is one of the characteristics that made her click with the emotionally distraught teenage demographic she is particularly known for on her past projects.

It is always a pleasant treat hearing new material from the young Nashville-based bedroom pop artist, but diving deep into her psyche is an entirely different story and one that I wouldn’t describe as an experience one would voluntarily seek out by looking at a record — or any piece of art in general — from the outside in through…

Nikolai Dineros

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