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The Cle Elum and Miron Reviewed

The Cle Elum and Miron Reviewed

The Cle Elum – I Am A Robot (feat. Matthew Caws)

Similar artists: Guided By Voices, Sloan, Nada Surf, Superdrag, The Posies

Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

People who write pop songs are usually opportunists, scam artists, and gold miners who hope to make a living by supplying a pop star with the tunes needed to entertain a stadium audience. They got the ticket to the gold mine and are ready to procure their axe. Everything else that doesn’t get them closer to a golden pebble is unimportant. 

That’s why it’s fascinating to witness the minority of pop songwriters who aren’t like that. Unlike most other modern music listeners, they treat pop-rock music as a genuine art form. They worry about style, construction, and even mixing heady ideas into the song. Yes, the objective is the same. Ideally, these songs will be chanted by great crowds of people.   

The Cle Elum’s “I Am A Robot” is a seriously silly pop-rock tune made by people who would otherwise be part of noisy garage-rock groups. The melodies are sharpened to perfection. The arrangement is as breezy as a spring day. And the lyrics tell the tale of an over-technologized human dystopia that we all assume we’ll be living in the next week or the next after that. I’m not sure that the songwriters will be able to pitch this to Rihanna or Taylor Swift. But they surely have a mighty nice sound here. 


Miron – Rider’s Road

Similar artists: AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, Steppenwolf, Foo Fighters

Genre: Southern Rock / Red Dirt, 80s Rock, Pop Rock

Yeah, yeah, most of us are looking toward the future when it comes to rock music. Producers and the press praise the use of new technology. Bands love telling their fans how they incorporate and blend new genres all the time. The future’s right around the corner. It’s gonna be wonderful. And it will sound nothing like the rock canon. Ain’t you tired of it? 

Well, no, not all. The classic rock bands continue to be some of the most popular on streaming sites, regardless of whether or not they’ve been around for the past decades. And it ain’t just the oldheads, the fans of legacy artists that are propping up the streaming numbers. Producers will hate this, but more and more kids love to hear musicians play actual instruments, do solos and work to entertain a crowd with it. 

Miron‘s “Rider’s Road” takes takes blues-rock and blows it up to stadium-rock levels. It’s an approach that last gained global attention with the likes of Whitesnake or Badlands. But, when you strip the showmanship away what you are let with is an earnest love for rootsy music and old-fashioned entertainment. Once we’ve had out share of all these tech, we’ll go back to the basics. And the future may just belong to retro-rock bands like Miron that can actually play. 

The Cle Elum - I Am A Robot (feat. Matthew Caws)

8.0

Miron - Rider's Road

7.5

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About author

Eduard Banulescu is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications, including FootballCoin, Play2Earn, BeIN Crypto, Business2Community, NapoliSerieA, Extra Time Talk, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He has written a book about Nirvana, hosts a music podcasts, and writes weekly content about some of the best, new and old, alternative musicians. Eduard also runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com. Mr. Banulescu is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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