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Mal London

 

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Mal London

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Kids' Table: Gender Ender

Kids' Table is, as the name would suggest, young and earnest. Made up of three queer siblings, whose mission is “to end your local gender,” the band has no qualms about who they are as musicians. They have a melancholic and bittersweet lyrical style most folk-punk bands would kill to have. “Tambourine Song” is most emblematic of this. Musically the song is lighthearted and uplifting. It sounds like what would happen if Neutral Milk Hotel was more pop oriented. The music is well-suited to the emotional lyrics, which are despondent without becoming bitter. The lead vocals are often out of key, an intentional stylistic choice that strengthens the beauty of the band’s music. It creates an off-kilter tone that highlights the emo aspects of the band's sound. Kids' Table is here to show the world both the beauty of being a queer kid, and the difficulties they face. They do a remarkable job.

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The Bedrooms

The Bedroom’s dystopian daydreams give you all the doom with none of the gloom. Though the band’s mood is certainly on the darker side, it’s never too heavy or depressing. With a mix of goth aesthetics, new wave heart, and post-punk sound, The Bedrooms have a unique and enjoyable sound. Their latest album “Dystopia Today” shows incredible range and depth. Some songs such as “Raconteur” give you serious "Friday Im in Love" vibes. With other songs like “I’m not Alive” the band could be in a dark, damp basement surrounded moshing bodies. The album provides a great balance between rough and soft. The Bedrooms may be singing about the world ending, but they’re just getting started.

Photo by Bloodbath Photography 

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Take a Trip With Mal London

If there could only be one word to describe Mal London’s music it would be beautiful. Listening to the artist and producer’s crystalline beats is the musical equivalent of watching glass break slowly in reverse. His interstellar trip hop takes the listeners out of their mind and into Mal’s. On “if you don’t wanna rap don’t click” the beats are deftly interwoven with the song’s vocalizations. It creates a graceful soundscape. Mal is also equally talented as a rapper. His voice slips through songs smoothly and languidly, creating the rhythm at his own pace. Rather than letting the beats lead his rap or vice-versa, he takes charge of both at the same time. His latest music video for his song "new leaf." can be watched below. 

Photo by @noahrichardphotography 

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