- Staff Writer for PULP Magazine, a monthly music publication based in the Philippines.
Always on the lookout for fresh ideas, songs to gently blow my brains out, and groundbreaking artists who passionately mix the poignant with the peculiar.
- music writing / blogging, music blogging
- indie rock, indie pop, electronic, folk, indie, singer/songwriter, dream pop, r&b, americana, shoegaze, electro pop, comedy, essays
- Upper Antipolo, Philippines
I've been on Fluence for quite some time now, and every now and then I receive tracks to review that stand out. Yours is one of them. This track is a great mash of electro, pop, and a tinge of R&B, all rolled into three minutes of easy listenability—one that is destined to receive heavy airplay under the right circumstances. I hope you continue honing your craft so you'd find that one thing that would differentiate you from the rest in order for you to create a signature sound that is truly your own. Good luck! Best, Ju
HD, I see the Digital Ash in a Digital Urn direction that you're going for here, and it's a pleasant effort. It was (and still is!) an album that made a huge impact in my life, and it's refreshing to hear hints of its signature sound mixed with your own style. The track never loses its hold, remained consistent, and my ears enjoyed it. Keep up the good work!
Hello, Butter! Became a big fan of Ariel Pink during his Haunted Graffiti days, and it's refreshing to hear your take on this gem off "The Doldrums" album. This one made me feel nostalgic, and it's interesting how you retained certain lo-fi elements of the original while making it your own. Overall, it's a good effort. Best of luck, Ju
Hello, Future Creature! Lots of genre mashups in this track: I hear a bit of indie rock, electro, some DIY. Vocals are quite strong; I believe it can have a ton of range to it, and can be a perfect fit for radio-friendly indie rock if that is the direction you are trying to aim for. Good track progression as it keeps the listener listening--synths, distorted guitars, clean vocals--all layered carefully to create a track deserved to be heard by more. Good effort. Best of luck, Ju
Hey Tom. This is a great, great track. One of the best tracks that I've heard in Fluence, hands down. I like the funky guitar riffs, laidback lyrics, interesting mix of groove, electropop, and R&B--you nailed everything to a T. Your vocals reminds me of a tamer, mellowed Sampha. Keep it up! Best, Ju
Hello Justin, Can definitely hear a lot of Bonobo influences on this track: that organic sound, gentle basslines, and progressing downtempo beats. Is this taken from your debut EP? I'm pretty sure the track is capable of attracting a wide array of electronica listeners, especially when you've developed a certain style that will let your sound be distinct, and eventually, flourish. Nice work, Justin. Keep on going. Regards, Ju
From the track's snippet, I can tell that it's bound to be radio-ready. Those who like their electro-pop would appreciate another emerging artist to further strengthen the hold of the genre among its listeners.
Hello! This is a nice listen-- very easy on the ears. I appreciate it. As of the moment, the blogs on the top of my head which can feature your track: hillydilly.com and thefourohfive.com. In my opinion, hillydilly.com has a broader market for this specific genre, so I hope you get a spot on their blog soon! Hope this one helped, and wish you luck. Regards, Ju