Music Roundup: Tape Runs Out, sentiments écoutables, Conni Krell, Adolfo Garcia

Hospital by Tape Runs Out establishes the melancholic atmosphere early with a few synth notes running out into a big, distant reverb. The song develops into a low, rolling, half-spoken and half-sung grinder. I enjoyed the broken phrasing “you woke up in hospital, you thought that you were back in school”. Whether intentional or not, it adds to the gentle, human tone of the song. Well produced, and tastefully mixed, Hospital is well worth a listen.

Check out Hospital on our Singer Songwriter and Indie Folk playlist here.

Conni Krell is only 18 years old, but you’ll already find him producing, singing, mixing, mastering and producing his own videos. In Umrisse der Skyline Krell shares his thoughts on the social impact of the division between West and East Germany over thirty years later. The song has a synthwave vibe and a pop chorus that might make you think of the film Drive, and if not, the video might just tip you off.

The Universe and Me by ITVLO AKA. sentiments écoutables reads like a lo-fi sonic noise experiment that reminds me somewhat of old black and white footage of primitive science experiments. Calm and meditative, the song loops and glitches and is filled with sampled noise fragments, but never wavers from it’s methodical even pace. I’d love to hear more authentic sounding piano in future work, and maybe a bit more evolution–I can imagine the same samples and loops becoming more processed and filtered, with envelopes gently shaping and evolving the stems as the track progresses.

Adolfo Garcia from San Antonio shares his track Fate, a minimal guitar song with a droning abstract texture extending from one end of the song to the other. It’s a light, moody instrumental track with an ethereal vibe. I’d love to hear a bit of refinement on the textural synths that undergird the track, perhaps running it through some effects that can give it some character. The guitar work is strong, though I think the composition could benefit from either having more distinct sections, or layering two guitar parts that move against eachother, something like the stylings of Rodrigo y Gabriela.