This week I was super excited to see one of my favorite artists all over the high school and college radio charts- Gus Dapperton! I’ve been listening to his music since freshman year, so you can imagine how hyped I was to listen to his newest album, Orca, that he released just last month.
Gus has such a wonderful sound. His fun indie-pop tracks have always been a favorite of mine- not to mention his knack for weird and wonderful lyricism. There has been this sort of dreamlike, whimsical feel to his music in previous, but Gus took a different approach with Orca. In his own words, “It’s about self-reflection,” which is a side of Gus we haven’t really gotten to know before.
Orca is, quite largely, Gus recounting the way he felt throughout his high school years as he has begun to feel similarly again at such a wild time in his life. I was surprised at how much these tracks resonated with me. Of course I’ve always enjoyed his music, but it hasn’t ever been something I could understand lyrically. Tracks such as Medicine and Post Humorous felt very real to me.
Still, maybe some slow, sad music about emotional vulnerability isn’t your speed. Don’t worry though, these are some of my favorites in terms of sound as well. His voice! It came through incredibly on this album- the riffs and the licks are so much fun, and I don’t think I’ve heard him go this hard on the vocals before. The feeling in his voice was poignant in the greatest way- this album truly isn’t something to pass up!
Hey there fans of WLTL! My name is Keely Marolt, I’m a Junior at LT, and I’m one of the music directors here at the station. I love listening to new music and talking about music with other people, so I’ve been enjoying my time as a manager so far. This week, I thought I’d introduce an artist that I believe is on the rise, Eyedress!
Eyedress is a shoe-gaze, dream pop artist from the Philippines, his real name is Idris Vicuña. He peaked my interest a few months prior to me starting management, the song “Jealous” is the first song I heard by him, and I fell in love with it. The harsh minor chords with the simple yet melancholy lyrics is what really drove me to love this song. As the year started I was introduced to his 2017 album “Manila Ice” about his struggle with life and love in the Philippines.
To go along with the awesome cover art, “Manilla Ice” includes many great songs like “Separation Anxiety” and “Big shoes” which uses the same harsh chords and melancholy lyrics as the song “Jealous”. It truly is an introspective album that really lets the listener get a hold of the the feelings Vicuña is trying to convey.
Give Eyedress a listen, You won’t be sorry! Or tune in to 88.1 to hear him on air!
If you’re a regular reader on our website, you might not recognize my name just yet- I’m Dailey, and I’m a Junior at LT this year. I’ve been loving my time as a Music Director so far...listening to new artists is one of my favorite things to do. This week, I’d like to introduce you all to a band I came upon the other day!
Cedarsmoke caught my ear pretty much instantly with one of their newest songs, Local Anaesthetic from their latest EP, Everything Is The Worst. I’m typically drawn to indie-rock with this sort of rich, rusted sound they’ve encapsulated so well overall. There’s even a little folk in there, maybe a hint of grunge? Sounds like it’d be in the soundtrack to my coming of age movie.
Another favorite of mine has to be Pure Heroin. I love a good piano riff, and this song certainly does not disappoint- especially when the upbeat, indie-pop chorus kicks in. No, I do not know anyone who’d been found dead by a five-inch blade in a Chelsea hotel...but yeah you bet I sing that part in the car like I do.
To conclude for this week…STREAM CEDARSMOKE! Or tune in to WLTL to hear ‘em on our radio waves.
Witness Band Go From Anger and Grief to finding Relief and Acceptance
Touché Amoré is an American post/melodic hardcore band formed in 2007. The Burbank-based group have become known as one of the most energetic acts in hardcore credited by their 2013 album ‘Is Survived By’ reaching the top half of the Billboard 200. Since then, they’ve released two more albums titled ‘Stage Four’ and ‘Dead Horse X’ that have covered topics such as angst, cancer, and death inspired by lead singer, Jeremy Bolms’, mother’s death from breast cancer.
They will be releasing their 5th studio album, ‘Lament’ on October 9th, 2020. Their two new singles ‘Limelight’ and ‘I’ll Be Your Host’ demonstrate them finding the light at the end of the tunnel after a decade of darkness. Lament is an example of hope, taking on topics such as fragility, empathy, and politics.
The Internet is a seemingly never-ending place. No matter what you’re looking for or what you’re creating, there will always be some sort of niche you’ll fit yourself into. This has been the same for artists or YouTube personalities- each creator finds their genre, no matter how obscure.
However, the rise of a YouTube creator known as ThatPoppy brought many to question the true nature and inclusivity of the Internet.
In 2015, Poppy released her first YouTube video in collaboration with director Titanic Sinclair. The video, titled Poppy Eats Cotton Candy went exactly how it sounds. Framed by a stiff white backdrop, the bleach blonde picked away at the pale pink fluff, only shifting her gaze to the camera to stick her tongue out after she had finished.
This was only the beginning of what would become one of the Internet’s biggest mysteries- What is Poppy? With each video came another flurry of questions, some of the most viewed being I’m Poppy (which was simply multiple shots of the singer repeating the phrase “I’m Poppy” for ten minutes), am I okay? and I am Not in a Cult. She rarely ever agreed to interviews, and even when she did, the singer never broke character, referring to herself only in the third person and maintaining an unsettlingly sweet, monotone persona.. Her former self had been wiped from the Internet, leaving little trace of the brunette from Nashville, known as Moriah Pereira.
Poppy released her first single in 2017. I’m Poppy has an infectiously catchy, hyperpop sound- it set the precedent for her first album which followed the next year. Poppy.Computer is dripping in pastels, each song fitting into Poppy’s artificial internet-personality theme. While the album was pretty much completely bright, techno-esque, and fun, there was a hint of grunge slipped into the fourth track, My Microphone.
This rock sound followed Poppy into her next release, Am I a Girl?, which came later in the same year. The album took a darker turn, with many tracks making comments on the nature of fame and the music industry, while retaining the same robotic-pop noise.
This was Poppy’s final release in cohorts with director Titanic Sinclair. It had come to light that the two had been involved, and their relationship had turned toxic. After much speculation and digging by fans, Poppy finally released a statement in late December of last year. She confirmed that Sinclair had in fact been manipulative and emotionally abusive in the past, but she had stayed by his side for so long as she believed he was “misunderstood” by most.
Poppy’s true first album as her own artist was released in January of this year. I Disagree is Poppy’s detachment from her former persona- if she was previously perceived to be a robot, one could describe this album as her statement of sentience. “I disagree” can be interpreted as a frightening thing for a robot to say. This album is violent- a heavy metal sound occasionally mixed with her signature smooth techno-pop noise. Poppy’s voice, typically light and monotone for the better part of her career, comes through with a new sense of emotion that is heard little if at all in her previous music.
Watching Poppy grow for the past five years has been an incredible experience for long-term fans, as well as anyone else who’s taken the time to learn her story. The singer has redefined herself in darker colors, and we’re loving her new sound.
Ever wonder how new music get evaluated & added to the playlists at WLTL?
“Music Mondays” is a weekly meeting held by the WLTL music department to discuss new music sent to the station by record companies. This occurs every Monday from 7 to 8pm.
To involve the staffers in what gets added to our new music folder, called “rotation,” we hold a meeting to play both physical and digital copies of new albums. Some music is by well known artists, and others are more underground artists.
We usually do a quick listen through the entire album and then decide whether or not a song will get added to rotation. If staffers have a typical on-air DJ slot, they play 3 of these songs per hour, so it is important for them to preview what they’ll be playing on their weekly shows.
Music Monday also helps fellow WLTL staffers form personal connections with other staffers in a smaller setting. Lots of WLTL staff love Music Mondays and the chill environment of the meeting.
Overall, Music Monday is one of the best WLTL experiences one can have to get familiar with new music and fellow staffers. And during this Covid-19 crisis, Music Mondays continues online and through Zoom! Don't you love technology!