MODEL 86 is a new name for the film and commercial scoring artist Matthew James Wilcock. Under this alias, he is anonymous. His sparse Facebook info page describes his gender as neutral and his interactions as minimal. However, behind the seemingly empty cover, MODEL 86 has a lot written on his pages.
Three minutes is not a lot of time for someone to explain themselves. If you had to describe your life, your likes and dislikes, education, etc. in a mere three minute timeframe, would you be able to do it? Not likely. Our worldly clocks continue to turn, making time seem infinitely faster as we grow older.
Are bass drops inevitable nowadays? Long gone are the brostep shenanigans of Skrillex with a herd of rising EDM munchkins shuffling through the unknown land. In this day and age, dubstep is a gimmick. It has led to countless parodies (including my personal favourite, “When Will The Bass Drop?”, a Saturday Night Live sketch) and has resulted in being the punchline of every electronica-related jab.
Listening to a band’s first release is a lot like the aftermath of a first date. Best case scenario you find yourself in total bliss, eagerly wanting more, worst case scenario you feel bitter and betrayed. With that being said, Wild Love’s debut self-titled release falls very much in the first of those scenarios.
Tame Impala were never meant to be as famous as they are now. Five years ago, Innerspeaker, the band’s first album, treaded lightly in the large indie pond. That album was the brainchild of Kevin Parker, doused in reverb, distortion, and subtle influences from psychedelic initiatives. Tame Impala made it seem like they were trying to sound like The Beatles for a new generation.
Waxahatchee has been one of those artists who seems to scrape the bottom of the barrel. There’s nothing wrong with Katie Crutchfield’s style of producing music yet somehow her musical appearance never accesses as much attention as it deserves. Ivy Tripp manages to be Waxahatchee’s first fully-captivating album. In all senses of the word, the album takes several moods and moulds them into a seamless string of compositions.