“Everything Feels Better Now” From Indian Lakes

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“Everything Feels Better Now” From Indian Lakes

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Hello everyone. Back again with my second review this week. I miss how I could just sit my chair and listen to his indie rock music for hours. Honestly, that’s exactly what I did with “Everything Feels better now” by From Indians Lakes. This album definitely give me a chill vibe. Makes me want to just relax and close my eyes. I feel kinda tired today, worked 8 hours and felt tired all-day.

OK, I do sit in front of a computer all-day but something still drains my energy. Feels like as if i didn’t get any sleep last night. But i did… Either way, I feel better sitting in front my dim light room writing this review. I got to say that this album from From Indian lakes sounds so good right now.

The Band

Joey Vannucchi grew up on forty acres of land near Yosemite National Park in California. Without electricity or common childhood luxuries, Joey spent most of his youth reading books, playing drums, learning new instruments, and exploring the land around his rural home. He received classical jazz drum lessons and played on a borrowed church drumset for hours daily, “I could play my drums for hours,” he said. “There was no one to bother. No one around cared about the sound.”

Throughout high school and into adulthood, Vannucchi participated in various bands. At age 20, he started writing and recording songs at a friend’s studio in Indian Lakes, California which he released to Myspace as “Songs From Indian Lakes”. This reference was later shortened to the current band name.

On July 23, 2016, a documentary, To and from Indian Lakes, filmed by longtime friend, Guy Samuelson, was released. It was filmed over several months of touring and spending time in Vannucchi’s and Samuelson’s childhood areas in and around Indian Lakes. On August 18, 2016, NPR featured a new song, “The Monster”, off Everything Feels Better Now, scheduled to be released October 14, 2016 on Triple Crown Records.

Review

"Everything Feels Better Now" From Indian Lakes

Image credit: Pitchfork

The Good

Great experimental sounds found through out the album. The slow vocals really put me in a trance. His voice has like a “dream like” effect on it. The instruments and his voice are just bouncing from left to right in a chill way.  This is true for the track “American Dream”. The title really does match the track. The track “Nome” sounds similar to the track “American Dream”, as in the dream like state it puts you in. The slow drum pulse pattern and the slow drum chords and in sync with the vocals.

The track “sunlight” is one of my favorite tracks on this album. It a little more upbeat than the rest of the album, also in this track his voice still maintains the “dream like” experience. That’s really a staple for this album. The track “Come Back” seems very heart-felt. To me the song is a story about depression or sadness. Great lyrics and style for this lonely break-up tale. Soothing calm voice leads the album in a complex journey that are complimented by the lyrics which are very deep. The words are exaggerated to help the overall feel of each track.

The Bad

Hard to pick on this album. I think one thing that kinda got me was the reverb effect found throughout the album. It really sounds so much better with both earphones in your ear. Usually when I’m at work, I only have my right earphone in. I didn’t know I was diluting the experience this way, but I really  was.Might be too slow at times for those waiting for the sounds to speed up. Also in some tracks like “Blank Tapes” the dream like vocals are kinda hard to make out. I mean I can hear the chorus, but the rest is blended a little too thick with the instruments.

The lyrics can sometimes be hard to hear giving an atmospheric sounds in other tracks like “Bare it” as well. I understand the message of some songs and the choice to repeat words. But for me, the emo type lyrics can be overwhelming and repetitive in the song “Bare it”. OK, you might have guessed it, “Bare it” is my least favorite track on this album. Still the song is good, don’t skip the song!

 

Last Words

Seriously this is a great album. I really did appreciate the different “Dream like” sounds in the vocals. I think it was something that I can remember and take away from this album. Such a great album. I seriously need to get this vinyl for my collection. I enjoyed this whole album. It’s hard to pick on negative details that didn’t deliver a great experience. I recommend this album to anyone who likes indie rock or music with great lyrics. Listen to it right here on Spotify. Also their new album can be purchased on Amazon.

Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other music reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Great experimental sounds found through out the album.
  • Soothing instruments leads the album in a down-tempo emotional journey
  • "Dream like" vocals and lyrics carry this whole album.

The Bad

  • Might be too slow at times for those waiting for the sounds to speed up.
  • The lyrics can sometimes be hard to hear giving an atmospheric sound.
  • The "reverb effect" tracks sounds better with both earphones in.
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Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Movies, Music, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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