Album Review: Caroline Polachek – Pang

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Perpetual Novice; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10  Key tracks: “Pang”, “I Give Up”, “Door” Caroline Polachek’s debut album, Pang, is full of emotional swings and subtleties that go unnoticed but not unfelt. Danny L. Harle and Polachek’s production feels light and airy, sweeping through you in a way that barely rustles your…

Album Review: Eartheater – Trinity

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Chemical X; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “High Tide”, “Super Soaker”, “Pearl Driver” Trinity is the third full-length studio album from American multimedia artist Eartheater, a.k.a Alexandra Drewchin. Her composition is dark sludge spread thinly across the project, as each track surrounds its listener in a cloud of ambiance structured…

Album Review: fake meat – galen tipton

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Orange Milk; 2019] Rating:  9/10 Key tracks: “touch”, “orbs w/ frere tuck”, “tender” This article cannot accurately represent the experience presented by galen tipton’s fake meat. It is like broken glass smashed on the floor, light sparkling off of multi-faceted surfaces or a combination of textures and composites that never…

Mindful Miditation: Hotline Miami

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor Composed by Various Artists The experience of Hotline Miami is distilled into its soundtrack with a level of cohesion rare to the world of media. The role of the OST within video games is to support the experience, increasing the immersion felt by the player. Without question, Hotline Miami’s OST…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: galen tipton

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor Photo by Joey Medlen  Q&A with galen tipton, Columbus electronic dance and experimental artist.  Can you tell me about your upcoming project on Orange Milk? galen: I’ve been working on this project for almost three years now alongside other things I have already put out. This project has kind of…

Album Review: Lena Raine – One Knowing

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Self-released; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Tsukuyomi”,”Insomnia”, “Trance State” After widespread critical acclaim from her release Celeste OST, Lena Raine has used her momentum to release a debut album, One Knowing, that stands alone as a sonic experience, unaccompanied by partnered media. While the OST for Celeste is a perfectly tailored…

Album Review: Avey Tare – Cows on Hourglass Pond

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Domino; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “What’s The Goodside?”, “Eyes On Eyes”, “HORS_” David Portner of Avey Tare, most popularly known for co-founding Animal Collective, released a new, full-length project entitled Cows on Hourglass Pond. Clearly a driving force within Animal Collective, this project reminisces his softer, narrative tracks within…

Q&A: Machine Girl

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo Courtesy of Machine Girl] After only a week off from their mini-tour in Mexico, Machine Girl is back on the road promoting their most ambitious album yet. The Ugly Art combines elements of several genres including house, breakbeat and punk, creating a futuristic, apocalyptic, ear-rupturing experience. After seeing the…

Album Review: Lil Data – Folder Dot Zip

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [PC Music; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Supablievan”, “BOING”, “Poleten” Lil Data’s music is described aptly through just their name. In their latest release, Folder Dot Zip, their aesthetic cohesion becomes even more defined. Lil Data plays with sound like it’s in a digital sandbox environment, testing out each parameter…

Rapper 21 Savage released from ICE custody

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of 21 Savage/Epic Records] Rapper 21 Savage was released on bond Wednesday after a total of nine days of being confined by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta, Georgia. After dropping the aggravated felony charge that previously provided reason for deportation, ICE’s priorities are causing reflection…

Mindful MIDItation: Pikmin OST

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer Composed by Haijime Wakai Among countless acclaimed Nintendo releases, Pikmin still stands out for its overflowing creativity and memorable musical accompaniments. This musical experience was composed by Hajime Wakai, a staple of the Nintendo staff with credit to the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Super Smash Brothers…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…