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Filtering by Tag: Kiara Ramirez

Both Sides of the Ceiling - First Listen Album Review

Kiara Ramirez

By Kiara Ramirez

Duncan Fellows  - “Both Sides of the Ceiling” - cover art by  Anna McCaleb

Duncan Fellows - “Both Sides of the Ceiling” - cover art by Anna McCaleb

Indie rock band Duncan Fellows’s debut album “Both Sides of the Ceiling” has a total playtime of 38 minutes. In these 38 minutes you get to temporarily experience a peaceful rainy day vibe. This 10-track album delivers indie music coupled with unique lyricism. Based out of Texas, Duncan Fellows released their album in 2017.

“Fresh Squeezed” is a track that you can play as the first song to start your day. Its easygoing cheerful melody makes it hard to feel downhearted, and instead fills your mind with possibilities. “I shuffle across the carpet in my loafers. Brought some water to a boil, at low heat. I made some eggs and burnt 'em all. My OJ was fresh squeezed, baby.”

Duncan Fellows - Fresh Squeezed (Official Video)

The music video for “Coffins” made me feel nostalgic, even though I had never heard this song before. I enjoyed watching it and thought that both the video and song enriched each other in it's presentation.

Duncan Fellows - Coffins (Official Video)

In short, “Both Sides of the Ceiling” is an album which could be listened to entirely under an hour, while enjoying every minute of it.

Walk Through Fire - First Listen Album Review

Kiara Ramirez

By Kiara Ramirez

“Walk Through Fire” album cover art

“Walk Through Fire” album cover art

Yola's “Walk Through Fire” was released on February 22,2019. Before listening to this album, I was hesitant as I had no expectations from an artist I knew nothing about. After listening to the entire album, I knew I had to know more about Yola Carter and the unique personal sound she brings to music.

Yola came from a poor family who banned music in the household. She had a fire damage her home and escaped an abusive relationship. She brings emotions to her songs which you can feel are from first-hand experiences that she has gone through.

Faraway Look {Official Video} by Yola

Within the first few seconds of hearing the first track “Faraway Look,” I knew I was in for a sweet surprise. Her voice emanates her talent with no questions asked. I immediately got a 70's vibe from this track which was refreshing and different from what is considered mainstream. Watching the music video, I felt it was trying to convey the disassociation of one's life we can all fall victim to occasionally.

Love All Night (Work All Day) [Official Music Video] by Yola

“Love All Night (Work All Day)” painted a vivid picture in my head of taking a road trip through a desolate farming town. This track also gives me major Tina Turner vibes, in the sense that you can feel her raw talent at expressing her emotions. “Something's wrong, we gotta make it right. We gotta help one another just to make it through another night. We ain't here for a long time, so let's make tonight the right time.” These lyrics were profound in such a way that it only reinforced my opinion that Yola was different in a unique, one-of-a-kind way.

This entire album was like a breath of fresh air, where every track is both meaningful and memorable. “Walk Through Fire” is currently nominated for the 2019 Americana Honors and Awards for Album of the Year, a fact at which I am not surprised at all. I will definitely be listening to her first album, released in 2016, as I have now become a Yola fan.

Toast To Our Differences - First Listen Album Review

Kiara Ramirez

Rudimental - Toast To Our Differences cover art

Rudimental - Toast To Our Differences cover art

The first time I heard Rudimental in 2014, I was so blown away I immediately bought their digital album while still in the arena parking lot. I was lucky enough to see them as the opening band for Ed Sheeran which led to a memorable impression. Rudimental has a unique sound and while seeing them perform live, their talent truly shines through.

“Toast To Our Differences” is a 16-track album with a runtime of an hour. Their desire to collaborate with other musicians means that every track has a featured artist. Listening to the album all at once reminded me of being home alone with loud music playing. It has it's own aura which can only be understood by listening to “Toast To Our Differences.”

The track “Let Me Live” gave me major beach vibes. I can imagine having this song on a road trip playlist, letting it guide me wherever I may go.

“Last Time” encourages everyone to “forget it all tonight and lay our differences down”.

“No Pain” by Rudimental ft. Maverick Sabre, Kojey Radical and Kabaka Pyramid

”No Pain” is the track that grabbed my attention the most. “Everybody choosin' desires over beauty. Evil is blooming and money's where it's rooted” really struck me as an honest observation.

“Toast To Our Differences” is not Rudimental's best album in my opinion, but it is definitely worth listening to as it is different from their previous albums. I recommend hearing with headphones because they really do have subtle nuances in their tracks that make all the difference for the musically inclined.

You're a Man Now, Boy - First Listen Album Review

Kassandra Ramirez

By Kiara Ramirez

“I'm not growing up, I'm aging. My mind's incarcerated. And though this body's taller, sometimes I feel smaller.” “You're A Man Now, Boy” is the name of Raleigh Ritchie's debut album released in February of 2016.

Raleigh Richie - “You’re a Man Now, Boy” - Album Cover Art

Raleigh Richie - “You’re a Man Now, Boy” - Album Cover Art

“Raleigh Ritchie,” formerly known as Jacob Anderson, can be recognized as Grey Worm, the beloved character from Game of Thrones. However, many do not know of his talent for creating eclectic music. With a total play time of 72 minutes and 18 tracks, “You’re a Man Now, Boy” embodies what it feels like to transition from child to adult in a bumpin' medley of electronica, hip-hop, and R&B. Many of these tracks feel confessional, rolled up in cathartic honesty.

Raleigh Ritchie - Keep it Simple (Official Audio)

The track, “Keep It Simple,” tackles the issue of overthinking new situations, daydreaming about the possibilities, then applying old habits leading to influence in the present moment. “Stronger Than Ever” deals with imposter syndrome and how it can seep into all levels of the human psyche, affecting more than one aspect of your life.

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever (Official Music Video)

Everyone should give a listen to this album as it confronts feelings everyone has had at one point or another in their lives. This was a great album to listen to as it had a message, as well as musical individuality. With no release date yet, the next album by Raleigh Ritchie should definitely be on everyone's radar.