Blimp Rock – Sophomore Slump

8/10

With the unexpected musicality of an indie film score, Blimp Rock lives up to their chosen classification as an easy rock group. I found myself smiling and able to get lost in my thoughts to this soundtrack, whilst still paying close attention to the comedic realism of their lyrical content. Sophomore Slump enlightened me, and brought me on an emotional and philosophical journey full of happiness. The album has a catchy style combining The Black Keys, Bo Burnham, Imagine Dragons and Of Monsters & Men.

The title track made me laugh; I immediately paid close attention to this band. I like how telling the singer’s voice is, especially in the bass register. It makes the story he’s telling a bit more satirical, but still truly captures the character of the music. One song that really spoke to me was “Music Industry Blues, ” which is pretty self-explanatory, but the raw emotion from all the players on that track sent me on a trek down memory lane. They understand the industry and who they are as artists, and try to make light of what the industry is.

I truly appreciate the artistic expression on this record. It felt like I was watching someone paint a canvas with music, creating a modern expressionist piece. This is something you can throw on in the background, sip coffee or tea, and reflect on your life. My only criticism is that I felt the pace of the record to be kind of slow, and it sort of dragged on. This to me is an art piece, more geared towards mature listeners and music lovers who need something new to unwind with after a long day at work. I can’t imagine this group selling out a massive venue, but I can definitely see them filling a small indie/hipster coffee shop, and doing well in an intimate setting. The music here is art: beautiful, intimate and true. If you’re looking to kick up your feet and get lost in something new, look no further than Blimp Rock.

Written by Rian Cunningham

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Rian Cunningham has been singing since he was a toddler, and have since been in multiple musicals and bands alike. He's been studying music all his life, playing bass, singing, organizing shows, developing sharp management skills, and more. He's been active in developing himself as a musician over the last five years by exploring multiple genres of music from jazz, pop, and metal, all the way to rock and roll. He is currently enrolled in the Music Industry Arts & Performance program at Centennial College in Toronto for Bass Guitar, and he has received the Dean’s Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in his program for being the most dedicated student in forwarding his career as a professional musician and artist.

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