Photos from Tiny Moving Parts’ set at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on February 10, 2018 on their tour with Mom Jeans and Oso Oso. Stay tuned for more photos from the show and an interview with Mom Jeans coming later this week!
At the start of a new year, one can’t help but reflect on what’s going on in their life. I’ve got a fairly long drive to get to work, which means a lot of time every day to just listen to music and let my mind wander. Several weeks ago, I added Speak Low If You Speak Love’s Nearsighted to my library for these drives, and since then it has been an essential part of these gloomy winter commutes. I was already familiar with Ryan Scott Graham’s songwriting from Speak Low’s previous album, Everything but What You Need, but that didn’t prepare me for this album, which took what we already knew Graham could do and elevated it all into something truly special.
Nearsighted is an example of how self-reflection can help you to make sense of yourself and how to move forward from difficult feelings. The album opens with “Have I Changed,” a song in which Graham is trying to figure out why it is that he feels so skeptical and apathetic. The song opens with ambient synthesizers rather than the familiar acoustic guitar of his previous work, already signaling a departure from his previous sound. As the song goes on, the instrumentation builds, adding guitar and piano before stripping itself back for the song’s thesis, “I cannot put my thumb on when I went so numb.” From there, he spends the rest of the album trying to figure that out. Continue reading Album Review: Speak Low If You Speak Love – Nearsighted
2017 was…a year. It was a year of challenges and, at times, particularly difficult news to swallow for many of us in our music communities. However, we banded together and found hope through all the adversity we faced. Music is the backdrop to these defining moments each year. Check out some of our staff picks for album of the year below.
Spin – Tiger’s Jaw
“This might be my favorite Tiger’s Jaw release yet. Brianna has come more front-and-center this time around, recording the first song she’s written for the band, ‘June,’ which might be the best song off the album, if I’m being entirely honest. This album struck the perfect balance of call-backs to their older styles, while still signaling a noticeable progression in the band’s growth. Don’t sleep on this album, or this band. You’re missing out if you haven’t downloaded a copy yet. -Tori Continue reading Looking Back: Our Favorite Albums of 2017