mp3: Gabriel Berrios – a burden

Although Gabriel Berrios has bounced around making music under a few different names for a while now, his sound has always remained fully developed and irresistible.  Carried by chiming guitar hooks and phrases, “a burden” is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Berrios’ songwriting.  “a burden” definitely downplays Berrios’ singing, which has really improved since his days as Tree …

pkelly94mp3: Gabriel Berrios – a burden

mp3: Gabriel Berrios – detail

After putting out some truly stellar demos and tracks over the past few months, Gabriel Berrios has landed at the top of artists I’m really excited about hearing progress.  It may have taken him a few projects to really establish his footing with singing and songwriting, however, Gabriel Berrios has demonstrated on tracks like “the courage” and “detail” his ability …

pkelly94mp3: Gabriel Berrios – detail

mp3: Bayatas- aa

I’m super psyched that Bayatas has started releasing more again.  Although his recordings as the ultra lo-fi and yelpy Tree Hopping are past him, Bayatas is a more fully formed and polished project with some very strong singles already under his belt.  The biggest improvement from Tree Hopping to Bayatas is easily the singing.  While I had no problem with …

pkelly94mp3: Bayatas- aa

Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Tropical Tobacco

Tropical Tobacco is a band based out of Lisbon, Portugal that caught my ears with their unique blend of synth-pop and tropical music.  What is easy to tell about the band from the few singles they’ve released so far is that they make aggressively gorgeous music.  While the dream-pop tag has been abused by some bands to hide songwriting behind …

pkelly94Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Tropical Tobacco

mp3: Bayatas- The Hand Effect & What is the Dream

Tree Hopping has gone and moved to Miami and changed his name to Bayatas with a fresh and refined sound.  Gabriel Berrios is still making loud and fast tropicalia infused-punk, however, these new tracks show the kind of growth that we hoped to hear from the artist. While before the lo-fi recording brought just as much bite (specifically in the …

pkelly94mp3: Bayatas- The Hand Effect & What is the Dream