There’s plenty of music released every single month, and with each Monthly Music Roundup article, we share some quick reviews of several releases from throughout the month that we personally enjoyed and want to cover.
Calloway Circus “Entropy”
On Valentine’s Day, Calloway Circus released their debut album, titled “Entropy.” Some songs show some more pop rock influences, from the darker “Gray,” memorable “Mess” and well-written “Tired Eyes” (all of which are upbeat) to the interesting opener “Look What You’ve Done” and the slower, but very emotional and impressive “If I Called” Some songs this record lean more towards the pop side, from the unforgettable closer “Kind To Myself,” which discusses mental health and making yours a priority, to two of the most well-written tracks on the record, “Backwards” and “Oxygen,” while others incorporate rap, such as the emo-tinged “Unpredictable” and the catchy “Lose Your Mind,” which showcases a variety of other influences found throughout the record as well. “Entropy” combines a wide range of influences, from pop to rock to alternative, and is a well-written debut.
Glacier Veins “The World You Want To See”
Just yesterday, Glacier Veins released their debut LP, “The World You Want To See.” A handful of the tracks on this album bring a lot of energy, and “Feel Better Now” and the passionate lead single “Everything Glows” are perfect examples of this (and those two tracks also bring harder hitting instrumentals and catchy composition right from the start). “Set My Mind” is one of the catchiest songs on the whole record, and “Circles” brings some of the strongest vocal performances. In contrast, some of these songs are on the slower side, but still bring a ton to the table. “Another Feeling” and “Time” both bring some very catchy instrumentals, especially in the powerful bridges, and the darker “Perception” provides a lot of emotion through the vocal style and harder hitting instrumentation. “Talk” begins on a softer note before becoming more energetic and building up to a bigger chorus and bridge, “Driveway” has softer vocals to match the softer instrumentals in the beginning before another hard hitting bridge and a very impressive guitar solo later on, and the powerful closer “Remember This” brings similar dynamics between the softer and harder hitting sections throughout the song. “The World You Want To See” shows Glacier Veins’ distinct twist on the pop punk and punk genres, and is a catchy and captivating record.
Super Whatevr. “Don’t You Wanna Be Glad?”
On the first Friday of this month, Super Whatevr released their sophomore album, “Don’t You Wanna Be Glad?.” A large amount of the songs on this album are very upbeat and show the pop rock aspects of Super Whatevr’s sound. The one-two punch of the singles “Better” and “Yours Truly” are perfect examples of this and start off the album very strongly, “So Am I” and “Everything’s New Everything Hurts” bring two more of the best choruses on the album, “Sober” is catchy as well despite its simplicity, and “Unhealthy” is a slightly darker and much more rock-tinged song. A few of the songs on here lean more towards the poppier side, including darker moments like “Life (I Want U)” and the instrumental interlude “wesleepwedream,” and the softer single “Melancholyism.” This album also incorporates some new influences, with the most experimental ones being the single “I Wanna Be Cool,” which features Lost Boy and incorporates some rap elements, the acoustically driven second-to-last track “Holy Anxious,” and “Eternity Complex,” a spoken word interlude accompanied by atmospheric instrumentals. Super Whatever’s latest release is a slightly experimental, pretty memorable and overall really enjoyable album.
On the same day, Asbestos released their third EP, titled “Triplicity.” Opening track “Half-Hearted” is pretty upbeat, bringing catchy guitars and drums in the intro, a huge and memorable chorus, and a guitar solo accompanied by energetic drums. This song really shows the band’s combination of alternative rock and punk influences, and the punk influences in particular really show on the following track “Not Going Down” with its energy and darker composition. The melodies and riffs throughout this track are really catchy and the song overall is easily one of the catchiest on the whole EP. The release concludes with “Breathe,” which incorporates some pop punk influences through the catchy instrumentation in the intro and equally as catchy melodies in the verses, which lead up to one of the best choruses on the EP. With “Triplicity,” Asbestos showcase a good mix of influences under the rock umbrella and bring a lot of variety and memorability to the table.
Patient Sixty-Seven “Home Truths”
Another release that dropped on Valentine’s Day was the sophomore EP from Patient Sixty-Seven, titled “Home Truths.” The opening track “Help Inflicted” starts the EP off strongly with a really powerful and energetic intro that provides catchy instrumentation. The clean vocals in the first verse and chorus really impressed me on first listen, the pre-chorus and breakdown showcase the heavier aspects of this EP, and the song as a whole is a good example of the mix of clean and unclean vocals found throughout the rest of the release. “Where To From Here” brings a lot of energy and some emotional unclean vocals leading up to the riff-driven breakdown, and mixes in a melodic and quite memorable chorus. “Blackout” is on the slower side, while “What’s Left Of Us” is a lot more energetic, and both of them bring some catchy instrumentals, and the EP finishes with “Retrograde,” which is easily the most melodic track on here and is one of the biggest standouts with powerful performances, and a more melodic and laid-back reimagined version of “What’s Left Of Us.”
What We Lost “Pretend To Sleep”
Another release that came out in the beginning of the month was What We Lost’s sophomore EP, titled “Pretend To Sleep.” “Still” begins with softer guitars that make the intro kind of atmospheric at first, but harder hitting and darker instrumentals come in quickly to finish that section of the song. The vocals are softer during the first verse, allowing the bass and drums to shine, and the instrumentation as a whole brings a ton of energy as the song builds up to a bigger chorus where the vocals shine just as much as they deliver catchy melodies through a powerful and emotional performance. The vocals in the bridge put on an emotional performance as well, bring a little bit of aggression to the song, and show the band’s melodic hardcore influences. “Enough” is a bit slower at first and the intro on this one starts out softer as well, leading up to the verses, which have softer vocals and guitars that contrast from the harder hitting drums driving them and building up the pre-chorus. The chorus is very memorable and brings a lot of energy to the track. “Lungs” is a bit more upbeat in comparison, with a hard hitting intro where the instrumentation (especially the drums) really shines. The verses and pre-chorus are a lot softer, but the chorus is much bigger, brings catchy melodies and instrumentals, and shows the vocals and instrumentals at their strongest point of the whole song. The bridge and catchy guitar solo build up so well to the ending and overall, this makes a memorable closing track. “Pretend To Sleep” is a memorable release that brings tons of emotion in each of its three tracks.