now playing: June 2019
Punk - Chai
CHAI’s Punk is the musical equivalent of jumping into a colorful ball pit. It’s a rush of adrenaline; the wind hitting your face before a submersion into darkness, your eyes fluttering open as you enter a rainbow-hued world of CHAI’s creation. The release is gloriously playful, providing one a brief escape from the hellish nightmare that is currently life with hit after glorious hit. And whether you turn to the childlike chants that begin the sugar rush that is “Great Job” or the pulsing sounds of percussion and chic chants of “Fashionista,” there isn’t one second of this album that isn’t a complete blast.
NO - Nanami Ozone
Nearly three years after the release of their Desire debut and Nanami Ozone have returned, releasing NO, an impressionable album of noisy, fuzzy garage rock that’s equal parts catchy and unstoppable. You may not guess it from the woozy romantics of “Alone Too,” a track which finds forced comfort in an unwanted companion, but much like Desire, this record is equally unwound. It’s an ever-shifting ride, dropping you into a gnashing, but beautiful wall of sharp, angry guitars and hazy vocals (“Affection”) that lead to an eventual build of percussion and an airy escape (“Sidewalks”). Nanami Ozone changes up all the noise rock norms, creating an album that’s as thrilling to hear recorded as it is to watch the band tear through live.
“Everything Ugly” - Bacchae
Despite what social media may lead you to believe, everything is not perfect all the time, and “Everything Ugly” is a relatable celebration of that. For their newest single, Bacchae examines feelings of not being enough, especially when it comes to the picture-perfect lives of others that include marriage, kids, and love. And while these emotions aren’t exactly joyful, Bacchae turns the feeling of sickness that accompanies always trying to catch up to others into a catchy, biting moment of punk. With the addition of exuberant keyboards, Bacchae is practically inviting you to outstretch your hands and twirl about in their celebration of “Everything Ugly.”