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April 2014
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #1

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound became one of the more loved and respected bands in Chicago in 2011 with the release of Want More via the local label Bloodshot Records. However, the band's soulful sound to a leap into the national eye in 2013 with Howl. That leap had a lot to do with the band's catchy and familiar sound, but it is was helped by the fantastic video for "Rouse Yourself" which featured Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson.


Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #2

There may not have been a more buzzed about band in Chicago in 2013 than On An On. Just before departing to make big waves at SXSW, the band released their debut album Give In via City Slang. Several tracks from the album have found a growing audience but the track that seems to have the most staying power is the pounding anthem "The Hunter".


Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #3

Houses (Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina) saw the release of of their sophomore album, Quiet Darkness (Downtown Records) in 2013. "The Beauty Surrounds" was the album first single and one of the most beautiful pop songs of 2013.


Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #4

The ’60s psychedelic throwback Secret Colours took a big step forward in 2013 with the release of their full-length sophomore album, Peach. Of the all the tremendous tracks on the album, "Blackbird (Only One)" has to be the best.



Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #5

Twin Peaks is a part of a garage-pop movement in Chicago that may have peaked in 2013. In July they released the raw and energetic album Sunken on Autumn Tone Records. The album has several great tracks, "Stand In the Sand", "Irene", but my favorite has to be "Fast Eddie".



Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #6

The nationwide story of the Chicago music scene in 2013 was all about hip hop with the explosion of Chance The Rapper, King Louie, Katie Got Bangz, and so on. However, a name that wasn't mentioned nearly enough was that of Vic Mensa. His mixtape, Innanetape, rivaled Acid Rap but it is Chance and not Vic working with the likes of Justin Bieber to close out the year. "Orange Juice" is undeniably one of the best tracks of 2013.


Top 10 Tracks of 2013: #7

Pink Frost released Sundowning back in September and the beer-guzzling video for "Ruins" was one of the most disturbing and entertaining videos of the year.




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