Do not be deceived by its rather unwelcoming cover art.

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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.


Hustling is the name of their game

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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.


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

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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.

A look into their back catalog

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


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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.


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Photo: JYP Entertainment

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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PHOTO: Instagram @uniquesalongaph

Fame has been one of the biggest assets to success for the former IV OF SPADES phenom, Unique Torralba Salonga, who, ever since his tumultuous departure from the band, has been led to his path as a music artist.

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Nikolai Dineros

Music critic with a day job | For article/music review requests, send me an email: dinerosnikolai@gmail.com | I accept tips & donations: paypal.me/ndineros

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