Artist Recommendation – Sunroof

sunroofMontana’s own Jeff Simpson, AKA Sunroof, is a dream-core/pop singer who I discovered through Twitter. His music, however, merges numerous genres and is incredibly unique. The sound is something I have yet to hear before.

Simpson has been performing since 2012 and has gathered his works together in his first album Stargazing. This album and its sound have been praised by multiple writers; however, I wanted to add my own input on the experimental electronic-acoustic combinations in his music and share my favorite tracks by the artist.

Along with his own songs, Sunroof has uploaded numerous videos of covers and remixes. There is a serious loyalty to his work, making this hoe loyal. Forgive me if you are reading this Jeff Simpson, I in no way am implying you are a hoe. That is your choice, of course. You may (or please may not) also quote that if you wish.

Among his covers, remixes and original songs, my favorites would most likely be his title track for the album Stargazing, featuring a Alternative/Metal-type sound, Etherea and Time Travel, with their EDM-based basis, and the acoustic-based and longer-than-necessarily-needed-titled I Followed A Dream Out My Window.

My first song I head by Sunroof was Brave featuring SayWeCanFly. This song was also impressive, and I would not skip on any song even if they are not listed in my favorites.

With each song Sunroof brings a different sound. It is entertaining and keeps me wanting to hear more and finish the playlist. It is an incredible feat, and though the vocals can be a bit bland, the sound of the music is always so intriguing that it makes up for it. Overall, I would rate the artist’s sound at:

9.25/10

You can go through some of his popular tracks in the SoundCloud playlist below, from his official account. I think anyone could enjoy this music as it can appeal to so many genres. It’s funny though, a lot of his beats remind me of Owl City’s Fireflies and parts of its sound. That’s the first thing I think of when I hear a few, not sure how relevant that was though.

Go ahead and Sunroof a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Artist Recommendation – Something Like Kites

something-like-kitesSomething Like Kites is an unsigned Alternative-Pop group from my dream of a country in love with ice hockey, coldness and being polite; I speak of Canada. The group has released three albums and have already played numerous shows, but they sure do deserve more listens. The wide appeal of some of their tracks is definitely most notable.

What I love about Something Like Kites is that I feel like I could show anyone their music. My favorite song that I would share would definitely be I Would, which I will leave below. Other favorites include In Your ArmsSmile, and Do You Remember. The lyricism is often superb, though many times feels as though the words are crushed into the music and move too quickly. That is why a couple of my favorites are slowed-down, including I Would.

The editing over the vocals can be a bit tedious, especially when the music unedited sounds better. However, the music is catchy and has a wide appeal. You could enjoy the sound of RnB, Rock, or even pee hitting a urinal and probably still enjoy Something Like Kites. Then again, that is the general role of Pop music.

Overall, I would rate the group’s sound at 8.5/10. I hope to hear more of the pure vocals of the lead singer, and lyrics slowed down a bit. Otherwise, most of the songs are catchy and fun to listen to. This group resembles Owl City without EDM. You can check out the songs I like below, along with the group’s official YouTube channel here.

-Austin Heath

UPDATE: I found out that Something Like Kite’s new album just released a couple of days ago, so I believe this is their fourth album. Therefore I was wrong when I said “three albums” above.

Music Recommendation – Single – Owl City ft. Britt Nicole, You’re Not Alone

I just wrote about Owl City’s recent release, Tokyo, which was released shortly after this song I am recommending, You’re Not Alone. While I enjoy listening to Tokyo more than this song, I am thoroughly impressed in Adam Young’s message through the song.

The track explains that one is not alone during troubling times, and while I believe in God, you can interpret that as you would like. Either way it is refreshing in the usual break-up/sad song sound, which is often revengeful and spiteful. I also really like the pure vocals of both singers.

In the end, the song is a bit slow and does not appeal at first. The piano is smooth though and the beat picks up momentum after a few seconds in. Overall, I would rate the song at 9.75/10. I really like the message and sound of this one, and despite the slow start, Adam Young presents another great song with a(nother) excellent collaboration. Definitely check it out below, and expect good things from his next album:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Owl City ft. Sekai No Owari, Tokyo

So I like Owl City, and have since Fireflies. That was one of my first favorite modern pop songs, so Adam Young has a special place in music for me. This one just released today but I figured since I already did a “Hear It First” today, I would also write about and recommend this one, as I actually really like it. So this is kind of both.

Tokyo explains Adam Young’s content for the Japanese city and the emotions that it inspires, mainly love. The beginning is basically the same as his Good Time verse with different lyrics, but at least he chose that song to recycle. The rest is very original and is very catchy.

Overall, I would rate the song at about 9.5/10. Beat and its drop are great, Adam Young is vocally sound and the track is solid but may not appeal to everyone. I could see it being a big song though, so I guess technically this is like a “Hear It First” if you want to consider it that.

Give it a listen and see if you think it’ll be big soon:

-Austin Heath