Alternative, Indie | The Ampersands Genre-bend via New Single, “The Pigeon”

Posted by on August 5, 2021

Rarely does a name as abstract as ‘The Ampersands’ so accurately describe an act but upon exposure to duo Aaron McQuade & Jim Pace’s work, it just clicks. Every revelation of the band unearths five more layers beneath – whether a track that cycles between genres like verses or the incredible stage antics of the live shows, with The Ampersands audiences are always left with niggling hook: “and one more thing…” This guiding philosophy is on full display on the single ‘The Pigeon’. In the vein of the titular animal, the song takes flight through the worlds of Indie Pop/Rock, Alt. Contemporary Disco, sections layered to the nines, and moments of reflection carried by simple piano alongside vocals duelling with a gentle bass. An erratic structure follows in the dreams of the song’s hero caught restless between a desire and inability to move on. Between the song’s introspective and melancholic lyrics, optimistic and fun melody, and ever shifting composition, The Pigeon is a song that will keep listeners coming back eager to discover that last little thing they may have missed. This is the first piece of music I’ve heard by the upcoming duo but I am thoroughly impressed and intrigued to hear more by them (hopefully) soon enough. Check their new single out above now!

Mixtapes | Vice & Vision – Ctrl + Alt + Del

Posted by on December 18, 2013

Presented to me as “steaze from two steazy canadians”, here’s some really fresh hip hop for y’all getting sick of your day to day music. A duo from Edmonton, Canada, the two really know how to pick them. It was all in the instrumentals that really caught my attention, using beats from RJD2, Atu, Carmack, Vanilla, Moods & even more than that?!?! It was too good to be true. The mixtape features a unique array of songs, ranging from slappers to mellow-mooded melodies with original lyrics to reflect on. Download Ctrl + Alt + Del here for FREE.