Something Upbeat


“Black In The Sun Room” is a solid example of a song relying on a pulse to propel itself forward. This pulse is the lifeline of the song, and everything else adds to the character. The first stand-out feature of the song is the horn part, which is almost ingenuous in it’s simplicity. During the verse, the vocals are the only part with a melody, and all of the other parts either texture the song or work on sustaining the pulse. Everything changes during the chorus, and an almost dancey post-punky vibe surfaces. Zoos of Berlin is a Detroit band  that seems to have a lot going for them. abrupt end to blog post.

Black In The Sun Room – Zoos Of Berlin



“California” is a prefect blend of simple instrumentation and simple vocal melodies. The song’s strongest quality is that there isn’t that much going on. Toothsome vocals on top of a piano that sounds straight out of some parlor in the mid nineteenth century gives the song a vibe that is immediately strange, yet simultaneously enticing. The Islander knows nothing about Deek Hoi, except for the fact that their name is clever and they are from Knoxville, but we are excited to see what the future holds for them.

California – Deek Hoi

A Girl


Elizibeth Powell has an solid voice, but more importantly she might be one of the best female guitarists around right now. Her group, Land of Talk has released two well regarded albums and a handful of E.P.s. Land of Talk is like if Sleater-Kinney was less punk and had a simpler sense of melody. This kind of sounds boring, but they develop a sense of atmosphere that makes it so that a five plus minute song like Yuppy Flu is not only listenable but enjoyable.

Yuppy Flu – Land of Talk

School and Stuff


September is a good time to find calming, relaxing music to do homework to. While Radio Ballet is not a typical Eluvium song, it fits this profile perfectly. There is something nice about the fact that is it just piano, which makes it so it can still be pretty and interesting but not distracting in the slightest.

Radio Ballet – Eluvium