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Releases of the Week: Galaxies and I See Stars by subsonicd1sc0rd

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Galaxies – (Why) In Three Movements

In music today, everyone is obsessed with genres. If a band doesn’t fit within the constraints of a predetermined classification, new subgenres are created to appease those that want to feel as if they’re on the cutting edge. Very rarely does a group come along that challenges the need for such categorization. Galaxies is a prime example of this phenomenon. With their first release, (Why) In Three Movements, this Philadelphia-based musical collective has created a piano-driven adventure that incorporates elements of musical theater and electronic programming.

Unlike the light messages that carry most musicals nowadays, the piece is about one’s frustration with feeling suffocated by religion and the eventual turn to atheism. Lead vocalist and pianist, Corey Regensburg, leads the listener through a broad spectrum of emotions, with every twist and turn bringing the unexpected. Kyle Stetz contributes a variety of intelligent (and often haunting) electronics while featured percussionist, Kat Casale, propels the piece’s climax with tasteful drumming. Clocking in at just over ten minutes, (Why) In Three Movements is an epic journey to remember.

Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, BT, and Neurosis, Galaxies are particularly successful at creating tension within their music, as well as knowing when to let their soundscapes breathe. The beautiful harmonies and foreboding transitions will undoubtedly connect with anyone familiar with life’s ups and downs. Although broken up into three sections, this release functions as a single piece of art that should be experienced as a whole. Give a thoughtful listen to the absolutely brilliant composition and you will certainly be captivated.

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I See Stars3D

The recent surge of post-hardcore bands adopting the synthesizer is staggering. While most bands fail to use this instrument to its potential, there are a few exceptions. I See Stars may not be a technically proficient band, but they certainly know how to write catchy songs. Also, if you take into consideration that none of the members are over the age of twenty-one, 3D is a very impressive debut. Signed to Sumerian Records and coming off a successful tour with “mathcore” band, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, I See Stars are starting to gain fans in unlikely places.

3D combines synth-layered breakdowns, infectious hooks, and even a dance song featuring a guest appearance by rapper Bizzy Bone. The final track, “What This Means To Me” is the best example of the I See Stars formula; the chorus is guaranteed to be stuck in your head for weeks. Although I See Stars have room for musical maturation, you can have a lot of fun if you take their debut album for what it is and prepare to rock out in 3D!

– Jeremy Garber

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