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Chanti Darling's New Album

Chanti Darling’s latest album R&B Vol 1 is going to be released via Tender Loving Empire tomorrow. I don’t believe anyone could create a more perfect fusion between the aesthetics of a neon-lit arcade and classic house music. It’s a unique and inventive sound, an ethereal electric noise that sends chills down your spine. This is especially true given the depth and range present in Trü's voice. R&B Vol 1 sounds like what would happen if Crystal Waters and Grace Jones decided to team up in 2018. Even the slower, more emotional songs will get people dancing. “Running” is my personal favorite, as it sounds like a smooth flowing waterfall interspersed with heavier beats. The debut single, “Casual” features The Last Artful, Dodgr whose voice is as beautiful as ever. The song is romantic and sultry, perfect for locking eyes with the beautiful stranger across the dancefloor. You can check out the video for “Casual” below!

So basically, to sum up; the album is just so damn good. The record release show will be next Wednesday, August 8th at the Doug Fir, with Gold Casio and Guayaba

-by Avril Carrillo 

 





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Kids' Table: Gender Ender

Kids' Table is, as the name would suggest, young and earnest. Made up of three queer siblings, whose mission is “to end your local gender,” the band has no qualms about who they are as musicians. They have a melancholic and bittersweet lyrical style most folk-punk bands would kill to have. “Tambourine Song” is most emblematic of this. Musically the song is lighthearted and uplifting. It sounds like what would happen if Neutral Milk Hotel was more pop oriented. The music is well-suited to the emotional lyrics, which are despondent without becoming bitter. The lead vocals are often out of key, an intentional stylistic choice that strengthens the beauty of the band’s music. It creates an off-kilter tone that highlights the emo aspects of the band's sound. Kids' Table is here to show the world both the beauty of being a queer kid, and the difficulties they face. They do a remarkable job.

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The Bedrooms

The Bedroom’s dystopian daydreams give you all the doom with none of the gloom. Though the band’s mood is certainly on the darker side, it’s never too heavy or depressing. With a mix of goth aesthetics, new wave heart, and post-punk sound, The Bedrooms have a unique and enjoyable sound. Their latest album “Dystopia Today” shows incredible range and depth. Some songs such as “Raconteur” give you serious "Friday Im in Love" vibes. With other songs like “I’m not Alive” the band could be in a dark, damp basement surrounded moshing bodies. The album provides a great balance between rough and soft. The Bedrooms may be singing about the world ending, but they’re just getting started.

Photo by Bloodbath Photography 

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