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…

Album Review: Machine Girl – The Ugly Art

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Kitty On Fire; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Status”, “NWOFKA Skullboy”, “Full Metal Dipshit” With little to no warning, Pittsburgh-based cyber-punk duo Machine Girl have released their latest project, fittingly entitled The Ugly Art. Leaving Orange Milk and debuting on Kitty On Fire, the band continue to deliver a variety of…

Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Polyvinyl; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Only Acting”, “Make Believe”, “Dear Future Self” Kero Kero Bonito is back with Time ‘n’ Place, their debut album on Polyvinyl Records. Only their second full-length album, they have taken an impressively-daring departure from their recognizable and catchy electropop, j-pop and hip-hop cross that propelled them into…

Album Review: foodman – Aru Otoko No Densetsu

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Sun Ark; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Body”, “Tabij2”, “Sauna” Two years have passed since 食品まつり a.k.a foodman’s three experimentally challenging and intriguing albums: EZ Minzoku, S.A.F.E., and IKEIKE. Aru Otoko No Densetsu, his newest full-length album on Sun Ark Records, once again puzzles musical communities around the world and proves his…

Album Review: Emily A. Sprague – Mount Vision

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Synth 1”, “Piano 1”, “Huckleberry” Mount Vision is the second solo album of Emily A. Sprague, the lead singer of indie-pop sensation Florist. When working alone, Sprague throws out the guitar, takes a break from the soft vocals and starts twisting some knobs. Mount Vision,…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…