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Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo in Blue
Today I was introduced to Sunflower Beanâs new album, Twentytwo in Blue, that was released under Mom + Pop Records. Listening to this album was, to me, like listening to the unreleased recordings of a non-existent Fleetwood Mac album. The lead singer has a voice reminiscent of Stevie Nicks, with a male backup vocalist whose interjections sound incredibly similar to the lofi vocals found in many Gorillaz tracks. Oddly enough this combination works, and this album is fantastic. For starters, it is one of the best sounding albums I have heard in a long time from a mixing perspective. In songs like âI Was a Foolâ, when both vocalists are singing and countless instruments play in the background, there is never a moment where any aspect of the song is muddled or drowned out. Each and every instrument is just as clear as any other, and it sounds incredible. Similarly, the vocals in general on this album work together so well. The backup vocables used in songs like âCrisis Festâ and âMemoriaâ add such a harmonious layer to the song and really put it over the top, making it one of my favorite songs on the album. The only negative I have with this album is that I wasnât a huge fan of the verses where the male vocalist was the focus. He was great as a backup vocalist but had an incredibly boring voice that could not match his female counterpart and thus, in my opinion, he takes away from the song.
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Author: Frank McLaughlin
Outside of the working world, music is something I invest a lot of time in, in more ways than one. I could spend hours on my SoundCloud timeline, Apple Music, or YouTube discovering new artists to listen to and enjoy. I have channeled this love into brief music reviews that can be found in the appropriate part of this website. I have also begun to produce music myself, learning the ins and outs of Ableton, Serum, Audacity, and other software, and it still remains one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. It has sparked a love for learning new technologies and software and that is something I hope to continue to grow with. I feel that my lifelong interest in the technical side of creative arts combined with my newfound love for analytics combine perfectly and serve me well in the marketing and advertising realm.