Judge By Tha Cover

This week’s Fixation: Younghoon Beats: Tha Blew Demos.

Hi all! Last week’s post about Coheed and Cambria was a touch on the opus-y side so I’m gonna keep this week’s short and sweet.

The first thing that I really love about Younghoon’s latest release is how incredibly well the album cover (pictured above) depicts the music contained within. No matter where you are when you throw on this album, the feel is immediately that of sinking into a plush leather couch in a room dimly-lit in dark blue and filled with smokey haze. From first track to last, Tha Blew Demos is an album made for chilling and deep thought.

After listening through it several times, I have to say that I think of this album more as a mood than a collection of songs. What I mean is that all the songs on the album have pretty much the same feel to them, which can be both a good and bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for. Some of my favorite bands — The Black Keys and Ratatat, just off the top of my head — have a very distinctive sound in all of their songs, which is part of what makes them such recognizable and well loved artists, and Tha Blew Demos definitely has a similar distinctiveness about it. However, if you are someone who likes a lot of variation in your music then this album may not be your thing.

I very much look forward to seeing what Younghoon does next, my one piece of advice for future projects is this: Don’t be afraid to mix it up! While the majority of the album has the same chilled-out rhythm to it, there are a few points, particularly in “All The Game” when Younghoon shakes us out of the groove he has built up. The subtle acoustic guitar fill and occasional brass eruption that run through this final track pull us out of the album’s deep vibe, and make it that much more powerful when we get dropped back into it.

As it is, Tha Blew Demos makes for excellent background music for any chill sesh, and, with more variation, has the makings of a dope electronica album. Head on over to Younghoon’s bandcamp and give Tha Blew Demos a listen for yourself.

That’s all for now!

– Zev

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