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Ben Hughes dives into darker times on his March project

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

“It was the summer of 2009. With school, my childhood home, and my faith in religion quickly fading into the past, I felt myself plunging into the reality of ‘real life,'” singer-songwriter Ben Hughes writes on his Bandcamp of his March album release.

Earlier this year, the New Jersey-based musician (and member of of A Little Affair and Night Windows) began a project in which he will release a new album every month in 2015. The tracks are comprised of old demos written between 2005 to 2012 and are a collection of experiences throughout Hughes’ past life. His March release, American Dream or Mediocre Man, was written during the “darkest period of my life,” Hughes says. Continue reading →

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Introducing French: Philly psychedelic bedroom pop

0000945196_20Mikey Franz has been releasing a slew of singles for a while now under the name French, but I still don’t know how to categorize his music.  At times it’s straight-up psychedelic.  At other times it’s lo-fi trip-hop or bedroom pop or shoegaze.  Basically, French takes a bunch of genres at makes music to either fit into these categories or just mashes them all into one combined sound.  This leads to a large variety of sounds on his singles, opening up space for fans of nearly any genre to fall in love with one song or another.  French’s latest single, is one of his more mellow tracks.  “Candlelight” is the perfect name for this single: a quiet love song that sounds like the Beach Boys got a hold of some of Beach House’s instruments.  For a small sample of the wide palate that is French, check out the single below.