Review:: Talking In Your Sleep | The Cinema

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After two years of writing and producing to make theirsophomore album perfect, The Cinema has released their newest full length Talking In Your Sleep. Consisting of Leighton Antelman, lead vocalist of Lydia, and music producer Matt Malpass The Cinema melds different types of music to create a unique feel in their new album. Melodies are layered in a modern way to make each song its own. Piano and guitar is entwined with synth beats and even auto-tune to go mellow vocals. Songs are contently upbeat, like someone remixed your favorite indie-rock songs.

The album is mixture of relaxing and upbeat, and you don’tknow what to expect with the next song. “Call it in the Air” starts off the album with a sense of curiosity as it perfectly blends the elements to expect like soft piano touches, snippets of auto-tune, and Antelman’s indie vocals. Antelman’s soothing voice makes sure to keep the mellowness still intact even with an upbeat chorus. “Turn It On” is a more piano-driven song that
foreshadows the more upbeat “Crazy.” It’s a quirky love song where the soothing vocals plays off the playful tempo of the melody. Usually auto-tune is not something an indie
fan would love, but here it’s a nice complement.

A personal favorite is “Punchline” which has featured vocals from Mindy White. Malpass, Antelman, and White create a complex three-part harmony for a powerful intertwining chorus. It’s by far the most unique song with its layered chorus and upbeat electro-pop beats. “Ghost” is another song that has gotten a lot of attention. It has a haunting synth driven melody with tortured lyrics drowning within and submerging unsuspecting victims with it.

As much as this album intrigues especially with combining indie and electronic music, there is something about Antelman’s vocals that throws me off. It seems to remain the
same pace through the whole album, which is between a slow and normal pace. Though, you could blame it on the fact that not many people combine an obvious indie voice with electronica beats. Antelman’s voice grows on you as the one constant you get with the unique melodies.

Talking in Your Sleep is an album that takes you into a different world of music. Who says genres have to exclusive to each other? The Cinema combines indie, electro, pop, and rock all in one album. It’s a happy album that will definitely bring you back from a bad mood you were in before. You didn’t think you needed it at first, but perfectly fits in as the not too upbeat and not too slow record you got to have.

Release Date: December 16th, 2014
Rating: 3/5
Run time: ~36 minutes
Check out: Punchline, Weekend

Track listing:
1. Call It in the Air
2. Turn It On (feat. Aaron Marsh)
3. Crazy
4. She Knows
5. Ghost
6. Punchline (feat. Mindy White)
7. Talking in Your Sleep
8. Dancing Round Me
9. Weekend
10. Going Down

 

New Live Video:

To Plant A Seed We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans are releasing their live DVD, “Present, Future, and Past,“ on September 2nd. Check out the band performing "Ghost"off the DVD by clicking here or "Tracing Back Roots here!

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Review:: Oh, What A Life | American Authors

Do you ever have that one song? You know, that one song – the one that you always stop for when it comes on the radio, the one that you always sing along to, the one that you know every word to, but you don’t know who sings it? Yeah, well, for me, American Authors are the mystery men behind a few of mine. And if their debut Oh, What A Life is any indicator for what is getting played, I should spend a little more time scanning the radio.

The album is carried greatly by the success of two huge singles – “Best Day of My Life,” along with the introductory “Believer,” which I didn’t even realize that I had on my iPod until just now, but anyway. The positioning of the two songs, used in the first and third spots on the record, is great use of two crucial song slots – the first giving a preview of what to expect, while the third boasts what the band can do when everything truly culminates.

But, a band and an album shouldn’t be able to survive on its singles alone.

Luckily, the rest of Oh, What a Life holds its own.

The echoing “woahs” tucked behind the lead vocals of “Luck” add a beautiful layer of depth to a rich, strong chorus. Later, the soft start into “Home” brings n expectation for a standard ballad, though it quickly, sporadically switched back and forth between a racing pop song and a shredded operatic anthem, with James Shelley’s guitarwork to be significantly thanked. It feels like a combination of the grandness of Five Score…-era Relient K blended with the use of thumping background effects that Imagine Dragons have been perfecting for the last few years.

Something about the introduction to “Love” didn’t sit quite right with me on first listen. It felt like a slowed, acoustic version of “Best Day of My Life,” for some reason, and I just couldn’t shake it, unfortunately. Aside from this personal speedbump, it catches its stride nicely. Much like “Love,” the hyper “Hit It” loses me at the start and doesn’t fully bring me back. Fast and frantic, it is noticeably the same band, but doesn’t resonate with the same intensity that other songs do.

For each small issue I felt, however few they may be, there were a handful of elements that stood out and showed something worth mention. There’s a lot to be impressed with here, and as a debut, that makes it that much more commendable. The album closes powerfully, vocally cycling “And we laughed / and we cried / and thought oh, what a life!” before serenely fading out. It leaves on a gentle note (no pun intended), and does so with a lasting sense of positivity.

American Authors have been the recipients of a lot of buzz in recent months. 

And while some would say they’ve been given their chance or they’ve found success, I would say they’ve certainly earned it.

Release Date: March 3rd, 2014
Rating: 3.65/5
Runtime: 37:03 

Tracklist:
1. Believer
2. Think About It
3. Best Day of My Life
4. Luck
5. Trouble
6. Hit It
7. Home
8. Love
9. Heart of Stone
10. Ghost
11. Oh, What a Life

American Authors are:
Zac Barnett – Vocals, guitar
James Adam Shelley – Guitar, banjo
Dave Rublin – Bass
Matt Sanchez – Drums


Written by Eric Riley