Music Review: The Mazloom Empire – The Mazloom Empire

When I first heard this album, I thought it was decent. It was catchy and the vocalist had a great voice. It made for a good Indie-Pop album. The more I listened to it during my workouts, my walks to campus and my long drives home, I couldn’t stop playing The Mazloom Empire. The vocals are so good, blending perfectly with the melody and singing the truth of every girl into the mic. Being a woman, I relate to the lyrics and I feel the emotions of the words, as any woman who has ever been in a relationship can. “Crystal Chandelier” is my favorite, adequately describing how neglected and lonely a girl can feel when with the wrong guy. Continue reading Music Review: The Mazloom Empire – The Mazloom Empire

Music Review: Blue Hawaii – Untogether

Released: March 5th, 2013 Label: Arbutus Records Website: http://trubluhawaii.com/ Montreal duo Raphaelle Standell-Preston of BRAIDS and Alexander Cowan, who goes by Agor, wrote much of Untogether apart, making the album slightly disjointed at times but ultimately fascinating. Starting with the over five minute stunner, “Follow,” Raphaelle’s vocals already soar effortlessly backed by soft electronics and looping. “Try To Be” is records most intimate track. It’s organic and soul bearing with lyrics like “But I thought I’d be you/But I’ll never be/May as well just be me.” The next two tracks “In Two” and “In Two II” are electro-pop at its … Continue reading Music Review: Blue Hawaii – Untogether

Music Review: The Kingston Springs – The Kingston Springs

Released: October 2nd, 2012 Label: Old Mug Records Website: thekingstonsprings.com Right out of Tennessee, The Kingston Spring’s first full-length album for sure has soul. The album has an impressive range from blues, to rockabilly, to rock, to folk and even some ballads. Yet the album manages to stay cohesive and enjoyable from start to finish. Starting off with “Sa Betise” and “Weight Of This World,” the band shows off their southern bluesy vibe. “Lover” is a softer, singer-songwriter track with stripped down instrumentals. “Kinda Shakin’” is perhaps the best track on the record. It’s bound to draw Jack White/The Raconteurs … Continue reading Music Review: The Kingston Springs – The Kingston Springs

Music Review: Mumford & Sons – Babel

Released: September 24, 2013 Label: Glassnote Records Website: http://www.mumfordandsons.com/ Babel is the second studio album by the British Indie Fold bank Mumford & Sons. Upon its release, Babel debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and we can say it happened for a number of reasons – the vulnerability of Marcus Mumdord’s voice, the popular banjo riffs and the dark moments of pure emotion hidden within the lyrics. This album makes any past relationship relatable with its honest and heartfelt words. The album’s official lead single “I Will Wait” has Marcus proclaiming his helplessness for the one his heart … Continue reading Music Review: Mumford & Sons – Babel

Soundtap Madness

Help support KTSW in Soundtap Madness 2013 by making a habit of listening to us on Soundtap’s website between today and April 12th. From the contest rules: The station which accumulates more listening time in each pairing advances to the next round. Each listener can log time from up to one browser tab or mobile device at all times. Listeners must be logged in to score. Every two days we’ll face a new opponent and the score will reset, so keep listening! Continue reading Soundtap Madness

Music Review: The Parallax II: Future Sequence – Between the Buried and Me

Label: Metal Blade Released: October 9, 2012 Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me recently released “The Parallax II: Future Sequence,” the epic conclusion of their “Parallax” saga. If you bought their limited edition bundle it came with a … Continue reading Music Review: The Parallax II: Future Sequence – Between the Buried and Me