By Logan Hernandez
I have great news: I think I’ve found the quintessential summer album! I’m not going to delve too much into discussing this album with you because even though it has its fair share of thoughtful musings, I don’t think it’s the best way to approach Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.
This is an LP to enjoy and bask in all its fun, not one to try and dissect and understand. Just love it. I know I do.
Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
For fans of: Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Arctic Monkeys
Highlights: “Soulless”, “Grand Finale”, “Done With Fun”
Best to listen to when: It’s summertime. Der.
Avoid at all costs if: You’re more of a winter person.
Now it is known: Fake Problems started as a solo project, and the name was inspired by the fact that there was a no-problems and no-commitments attitude.
Fake Problems forming in Naples, Florida, five years ago the group—which includes vocalist/guitarist Chris Farren, bassist Derek Perry, drummer Sean Stevenson and guitarist Casey Lee—have released two critically acclaimed full-lengths, won over countless fans all over the world and toured and played shows with everyone from The Hold Steady to Frank Turner.
Son Lux – We Are Rising
Son Lux’s sophomore album We Are Rising is, in my opinion, one for the record books. While many artists would take the same sound and add to it, Son Lux has reinvented himself through experimentation and quirky time signatures.
Upon first listen, the flow of the music may feel a little bit off and confusing, but the more you listen, the more it becomes apparent that he has crafted a, while difficult, very beautiful and resounding success.
The only thing that may keep it from being as fulfilling as his debut is the fact that it doesn’t rely so much on melody to be effective. Here, it’s all in the details.
For fans of: Classical music…and glitch…and ambient…and maybe a little hip-hop.
Highlights: “Rising”, “Let Go”, “Rebuild”
Best to listen to when: You have enough time to listen on repeat at least twice.
Avoid at all costs if: You’re in a hurry or in an ADD kind of mood.
Son Lux is Ryan Lott, an American composer / musician / remixer. After studying composition at Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University), Ryan moved to Cleveland, OH, for six years, earning a reputation as a versatile & zealous collaborator. Equally at ease in the creative company of choreographers, classical musicians & break dancers – he cut his teeth spear-heading multi-disciplinary ‘performance parties’, composing music for modern dance companies & collaborating with musicians, across many genre. His works have been performed throughout the US & Europe.