Yay! new year, new music to watch out and the first album review for this year. What a great way to start the new year with the first offering from a band that has been in the industry for a few years now. To be honest, i have already jammed with 2 of the pioneer members, doing covers that ranges from Death Cab for Cutie, to The Strokes and even Bloc Party.
Fast forward to a few years after, after a few lineup changes and anticipation buildup, they have finally released their first album independently. Yep, Stereodeal’s Singularity is now unleashed and no biased opinion here, this is one of the albums i have been waiting since last year alongside Peso Movement, The Purplechickens, Autotelic and Tide/Edit just to name a few.
Stereodeal is composed of Adrian on Vocals, Dax G on Bass, Marie on Drums and Dax B on additional guitars and synths. Their debut album entitled “Singularity” is composed of 8 tracks and here they are:
Relentless – It starts of with the wailing guitar riffs, head bobbing drumrolls, tripnotic synth and a groovy bass, Relentless will make your head bang while getting hooked into the whole song progression. Wait for the solo part at the middle that will remind you of Russell’s solo leads. A great opener for the album
Grundy – From the first riff, it reminds me again of Bloc Party but don’t that fool you. This track has this fast-paced beat all the first part of the song, Until it suddenly slows down, then slowly pics up the pace throughout the song, then for the last part, the outro solo is so damn good. One of the gems to watch out in the album.
The Spin - This may have a few revisions from the first time i heard it a few years ago, it still keep up to my expectation. This time it has gotten better then the previous versions. Upon listening, you will get hooked singing “Hang on to what you want, hang on to what you need” until “This time we’ll spin around again, we go down down down down…” So far for the third track of the album, it still keeps up the fast pace theme of the whole album experience.
August – A slow song? What? why is it still good? If you have heard pieces of bloc-party inspired leads and solos from the first 3 tracks, this time you’ll hear influences from Death Cab for Cutie. Watch out for that epic buildup towards the ending part of the song.
New Jersey – Another personal favorite of mine from the album, New Jersey’s bass is so soothing, the song is perfect for slow driving (believe me, this is tried and tested while driving al0ng Skyway or SLEX) The song doesn’t have any killer guitar solos or intense-driven riffs but instead, the simplicity of the song is what i liked from this track. Another one to watch out.
01000011 – Also called binary, another slow song from the start, then picks up at the middle but still keeping the harmony of the song. Binary will have you set that repeat mode over and over again. Perfect song after New Jersey. Oh and yes this is a love song.
Hush - This is where it gets interesting. From the starts, haunting synths alongside Adrian’s vocals starts of this song. To be honest, it is effective and sounds like a stalker-song. Maybe because of the way the song was sang? heheh! but then again, we are treated with something different at the end part. Hush up and listen to this semi-techno track.
Hypertime – A perfect way to end the album…. Slow and strong in the middle and then slowing down again up until the end. Again, one of my personal favorites in the album. To be honest, this dodn’t grew on me befor…. up until now…. aand i take that back.
Overall, Stereodeal sounds fresh, some new to check and some good to listen to. Definitely a must pick-up album for this year. If you don’t have a copy yet, go support the band and buy the physical album via their website at www.stereodealmusic.com
You can also purchase it digitally via bandcamp or itunes.
Again this is one of the must have albums for 2015. I suggest (actually order) you guys and girls to go out and buy Singularity.