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The Fourth Wall and SoCal Jack Reviewed

The Fourth Wall and SoCal Jack Reviewed

The Fourth Wall – No Daggers

Similar artists: Deerhunter, my bloody valentine, Slow Pulp, SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE

Genre: Shoegaze, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

Witches, supposedly, tell the future while glancing at a pot of coffee. Hikers go out and find their own truth while walking through the thick forest. Regular folks regularly lose themselves while staring at the flames of a bonfire. Everyone is trying to find something that they can use. And, everyone thinks that they’re only a step away from gaining that kind of understanding. 

And ever since you could plug an electric guitar into amp and distort the signal almost to the point that it starts sounding like a power tool, people have been doing the same for rock n’ roll. Some use it in fine measures, like original rock guitarists of the 60s and 70s. Others employ it to the extreme, letting the noise of the feedback become the guide. 

The Fourth Wall’s “No Daggers” sits somewhere in the middle when it comes to its lush wall of feedback. There’s definitely a tune here and, I reckon, one that could be interpreted on acoustic guitar if required. But there’s a walloping, controlled wave of tortured guitar noise that is even more important. What does it mean? Anything you think that it should. It’s the equivalent of staring into the same or finding out the future while glancing through the ground. 


SoCal Jack – I Should, I Must, I Will

Similar artists: my bloody valentine, flyingfish, Title Fight

Genre: Shoegaze

At the end of the day, every musician, from those who become professionals to those who entertain as a hobby, hopes that they can make a connection and do it on their own terms. There’s a lot of selfishness involved in making art. And, that is how it should be. Nobody went to Picasso’s house and asked him to paint something that more people could understand, and in the colors that were in vogue at the time. 

Artists should be out to please themselves. When they start hiring a committee to determine what kind of art they should make, they are bound to fail. Audiences sniff it. Even the poppiest of pop musicians, those that make records exclusively to be played on the radio and generate profit, lose their audience when they begin trying to approximate what the audience might want to hear. 

No, the artist has to give the audience what he/she wants to hear. SoCal Jack’s “I Should, I Must, I Will,” sounds like shoegaze-rock made in a mad scientist’s laboratory, one in which the musician’s given themselves permission to get lost. The pretty melodies that almost hint at 60s pop are covered in a great mist of electric instrumentation, a pop song suspended in dazzling guitar glimmer.

The Fourth Wall - No Daggers

7.5

SoCal Jack - I Should, I Must, I Will

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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