By Logan Hernandez

The National – High Violet

Aside from the fact that, musically, High Violet is one of the most dense, layered rock albums to come out in 2010, what make it such a success are the themes, ranging from depression, to schizophrenia, to loss, and the ambiguity of the lyrics, allowing you to apply your own ideas/memories/situations to the songs.

For example, “Sorrow” speaks of loss, maybe of a spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend. At least that’s the way I interpreted it at first. Recently all that changed. I have a premature daughter still in the hospital, and with recent complications, I began to hear the song in a different light. The thought of losing her was reflected in the lyrics by Matt Berninger, and that’s the beauty of High Violet, the ability for there to be so many different potential meanings within each song. Beautiful.

For fans of: Interpol, The Arcade Fire, Editors, Joy Division

Highlights: “Little Faith”, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, “Runaway”

The National is a Brooklyn-based alternative rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band’s lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf.

Best to listen to when: You have the means to self-medicate after wards, because this album is dark!

Avoid at all costs if: You are doomed to sobriety.

The Apples in Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time

On the opposite end of the emotional scale, Travellers in Space and Time, the seventh studio album by The Apples in Stereo, is a synth-pop album that gleams with sparkling 60’s nostalgia, so much so that even my parents like it! I’ll put it like this: If there was a band from the 60’s that created music with modern instruments(like a synthesizer and vocoder), the end product would be the Apples in Stereo. Yes, folks, I believe the Apples in Stereo travelled through time just to ensure that the 60’s never die.

First, take the title: Travellers in Space and Time. Coincidence? I think not. Don’t think they have the technology? Then how do you explain this?

For fans of: Oldies, Of Montreal, ‘The Soft Bulletin’-era Flaming Lips, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Highlights: “Hey Elevator”, “Dance Floor”, “Floating In Space”

The Apples in Stereo currently consist of Eric Allen (bass), John Hill (rhythm guitar), John Ferguson, Bill Doss and their new drummer as of 2006, John Dufilho, while lead singer/guitarist Robert Schneider writes the most of the band’s music and lyrics.

Best to listen to when: You were born before 1953.

Avoid at all costs if: You wear corpse paint.

“Dance Floor” music video ( Frodo Explores the universe?!)

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2 comments

  1. “It’s like an orgasm in my ear” …I love it!! You, Logan, really have an exquisite taste in music and you detail the music with such precision and it truly entices the reader to want to listen and learn more about the artists you profile. You have opened my eyes to such fantastic music over the years and it has really changed my view on what “good” music really is. Oh, and I’m not just saying all of this because I’m married to you 🙂

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  2. You guys are really opening my eyes to music that I have never even heard of. Its like an orgasm in my ear. It is wonderful! This leads me to contemplate other great music that I have dismissed offhand because it would have taken me out of that proverbial “comfort zone”. Hmmm…..

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