Paladin Shield – The Lost Chronicles

Last year Paladin Shield released, their self titled EP, it showcased their brilliant, droney, 8bit style. Since the release, it has garnered them a lot of popularity, so much that they’re on par to release an album with Data Airlines Records this year, with a lot of people including me, looking forward to it. We don’t quite know when this’ll be however, so they released ‘The Lost Chronicles’, a two track EP with previously unreleased songs.

The first track, ‘Cloudy Face’ kicks off with a highly energetic & experimental instrumental, going into a very catchy hook at 0.24. Paladin Shield have always been very good with the instrumentals, as you can see that in their previous self titled EP. The vocals start just after a minute into the song, and are extremely mystical, especially with the harmonising humming. It’s extremely brief however, going into another brilliant instrumental. ‘Cloud Face’ is ultimately something which Paladin wanted to experiment with, bringing Prog rock into the mix and further define their music style.

The final track, ‘Winter Glow’ is a song going back to their tried & tested sound. It’s starts immediately off with a watery arpeggio, whilst the bass is punched out & a square sound lead wanders over the top. The vocals have always been top notch, but they seem to really punch even further, with the distortion & echo added for effect. This is taken to another height with the chorus, as you can really hear the raw emotion being bellowed out. I’d say ‘Winter Glow’ is the best song I’ve heard from Paladin Shield so far, with the producing & thought on the track really coming through.

Although these are tracks that didn’t make it into any of the EPs, I’m really glad they decided to release them. Both are unique in their own way and really hype up what Paladin Shield’s next album could be, and I’m looking forward for when that day comes!

To catch up on their previous album, Check out my last review!

 Paladin Shield 

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A tune you should listen to: Tokyo Elvis – The Look

Sometimes when you’re going through to find new music, you find the weirdest stuff, that shouldn’t work, but definitely does.

This is what happened with my new love of Tokyo Elvis, who has found a way to use the style of Nintendo’s Super Mario & Animal Crossing, mash it up with Trap & Electronica, and make it sound so awesome! So many different influences from VGM to J-Pop & Glofi can be heard not just this song, but his whole music.

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of glofi music, from such brilliants artists as Timid Soul & Bo en. It’s quickly gaining traction as another cool movement, like there’s been with Chiptune & Seapunk. Keep eye on music like this, because I’ve got a feeling it’ll get bigger!

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Villainest – A good day to try hard

A while ago Anamanaguchi blew people away by fusing rock music with chiptune. Since then they have inspired many other bands to do the same, redefining chiprock even further, with Melt Channel, Slime Girls & Astroskeleton to name a few. Villainest are the latest band to come out to do the same, with their latest album, ‘A good day to try hard’.

Villainest are a sega mega drive-based party rock band starting up in 2013, Toronto Canada. Villainest’s style is combination of keytars, hard rock guitar & the square waves from the mega drive. ‘A good day to try hard’ is their 4th release and features 8 tracks, half of which are their sega mega drive counterparts.

We kick off with Villainest’s title track, ‘A good day to try hard,’ aptly inspired by the fifth instalment of Die Hard 5, which Villainest cites, coming with ‘critical acclaim’. The track starts slowly using shimmering noise resonating, along with squares sounds ringing out & the screeching vocals of guitarist, James Harding on the top. The intro is very atmospheric and creepy, building up to the the hook of the song, a real funky keytar lead. It really reminds me of Egyptian styles that have been used in films such as, Indiana Jones. ‘A good day to try hard’ really shows off what the band is made off, giving you a taste of the sega synth, guitar & keytar, as well as the unique crunchy, spooky style that Villainest have crafted.

‘The machine’ is another track is which is both atmospheric, mysterious & down right creepy, starting with punchy chords, drums & leads from the Sega Megadrive. It’s a nice intro to show what the megadrive’s FM synthis capable of. This is interrupted at 1.10 with blaring distortion & joint singing from the band; it’s harrowing, but oh so awesome. Off the entire EP, this is probably the most powerful song, featuring a truly strong chorus that is complimented by some energetic fills & and one face melting guitar solo. The machine really reminds me of Faith no more’s 90s song, Midlife Crisis, mostly down to its creepiness & powerful hooks throughout.

The final song, ‘Peach’, is completely different from it’s prior spooky tracks, as it’s more lighter, sticking to major chords & a bouncy beat, sequenced from the sega mega drive. The distorted spoken word lyrics really promote the style that Villainest were going for, as well as the funky short chorus that’s absolute treat to hear time & time again. Overall ‘Peach’ is an absolute blast to hear, with it’s style reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Another cracking EP to add to the best albums of 2016, Villainest’s ‘A good day to try’ hard features so many outstanding tracks, that you’ll find yourself quickly becoming a fan. Not only that. but to have every track re-done as a 16bit megadrive remix is an absolute want!

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 Peach & The Machine 


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A tune to listen to: Rick Sakura – Kawaii Sneakers

This year I want to branch out into other areas of music, so what’s better than getting into some electronic J-pop. I recently found, Kawaii Sneakers, an outstanding track by Rick Sakura, whilst rummaging through Hype Machine for funky new music. Opening up with a rhythm of soft kicks, light claps & pops, it’s a relaxing, chilled out track, in which its melodies flow through so easily.

Both short & sweet it’s a fantastic track to bounce to, whilst taking a walk outside. Kawaii Sneakers is part of a bigger compilation on Fogpak, bandcamp: Pay what you want here!
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