Posts Tagged ‘badass’

A Square Meal: ‘City EP’ by Ca5

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I’ve always had a fascination with how sounds are interpreted by other people; is it too rough, too high or too intense? Why do people like it? That’s because, in the end, and as almost everything else, music is communication. Sometimes, even without noticing it, I have ended up with my nose between sounds I didn’t fully comprehend at the first listen. Of course, the wrong context could ruin your enjoyment of some music, but there are some albums that seem to remain unchanged regardless of where you listen. That is the case with Ca5’s music. The urban landscapes with shades of drum and bass stand by its own and go straight to the point; whether you are at a rave, in the waiting room of your dentist, or enjoying the afternoon coffee. So let’s take a look over ‘City EP’ by Ca5 released through Esctrax.

Cover art by Ca5.
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Meaning in Chaos: Cityfires – ‘CCL Dive’

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Cityfires’ latest release is fire. That pun is too easy not to make, but I really mean it. With buoyant emotional synthpop, some of the most magnetic sound design I’ve heard all year, and fascinating lyrics – this album’s spirit is most deserving of the title “adventure” out of all that I’ve written about. It’s full of surprises and seriously fine-tuned, with tracks like ‘The Tangle’ trimmed down to interesting ideas, while others such as the titular song take the time they need for a core feeling to hit home.

Full to the brim with electric melody lines, immersive sound design, and creative mixing decisions, this fifteen-track masterpiece never sacrifices quality for quantity. Tight vocal tracks are infused with textured electronica, and organic instrumentation as well. Instrumentals are just as diverse: ‘Daybreak Apparatus’ echoes the peppy videogame joy of earlier ChipWIN comps, while ‘Dreamshifting’ feels like some more recent chiptune which draws from mathrock. Alternatively, ‘Mothfold’ defies description. The whole album is kinetic, and really integrated, a trip through clear landscapes and sights to behold.

It is also a story of hope in moving forward.

Art by Alex Spivey
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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #54: Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Drizzle

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Generally when I’m planning a recipe to share, I take some time to peruse my cookbooks or I take inspiration from what’s going on in my life. It is quite handy to feature something on the blog that I can bring to a party or potluck that week, that way I’m not responsible for scarfing all of it! This week, however, our very own President Hoodie picked it out! He has a well known love for cinnamon and beer, so it was really no surprise when he picked…

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Drizzle

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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #53: Texas Caviar

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My mom is a professional muncher. A nibbler. A grazer. She doesn’t eat much at a sitting, preferring to make something yummy in large quantities she can piecemeal out over the week, something that gets better as it sits in the fridge. That’s why it was of no surprise when she introduced me to the odd salsa-like concoction known as…

Texas Caviar

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A Square Meal: 光のチップチューンVS闇のチップチューン 対決コンピレーション (Light vs. Dark Chiptune)

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Last month a vast group of chip musicians from the land of the rising sun united their forces to make an astonishing compilation featuring a theme that never gets old: Light vs. Dark. This delicious compilation is divided into two albums, each one containing the best warriors to defend their side. Which one could win? Well, with this line-up; the listener for sure. Before you pick up a camp, let’s take a look at ‘光のチップチューンVS闇のチップチューン 対決コンピレーション’ (Hikari no chippchuun vs. Yami no Chippchuun – Taiketsu Conpireeshon), released through Novtos.

Cover by ひこてる
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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #52: Gingerbread Stout Cupcakes

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At the last MAGFest, our dear friend Adam Seats gifted my hubby, Brandon, a truly decadent beer.

The unfortunate truth is that I don’t like beer. Unless, however, I can take that beer, combine it with a birthday celebration, and whip up a delicious batch of…

Gingerbread Stout Cupcakes

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