All in all, the 2022 version of the Taiwan Beats Showcase has proved to be integral to the region’s growth and continues to demonstrate Taiwan’s importance to the overarching independent and alternative scenes. I am of the opinion that the showcase will continue to serve as a proving ground for young and old artists alike, as they gain greater exposure and subsequent entry into the western zeitgeist.
“Limerence” isn’t a track necessarily treading new ground – the artist’s Bob Dylan fandom is apparent – but what Shinn is doing is reclaiming lost reverence for a simpler time. A time when music need not be autotuned, overproduced, or oversaturated with multi-track instrumentation.
Let Slow Crush lead your dreams through a highway of a beautifully built progression of sounds. With Hush as their single – an excellent choice for a single, indeed – they make their way to the spotlight in the genre.
All-in-all, “Haley’s Comet” serves as a proverbial sign marker for Kenton Place. It is a snapshot of a particular moment in time within the young band’s history. For listeners, the track represents something of a lesson in life, and that while denial is a stage we all must face at one point or another, still, the sensation itself is fleeting, much in the way the actual Haley’s Comet is – if you’ve got the stomach to survive it.
Many bands hit a creative high that easily be pointed to in their careers. Brooklyn Punk outfit Rebelmatic appears to be on an upward trajectory that there is no coming down from. After the masterpiece that was Ghost in the Shadows, a follow-up was eagerly desired. However, it begged the question, how could they top that release? The answer? A project that tops anything they have done before. The Mourning Dove EP.
Mod Sun’s ever-changing and still-evolving sound hits us with another searing gut punch, this time, in the form of their latest single, “Rich Kids Ruin Everything.”
Stalwart NWOBHM legends, Saxon, are back in action with a new album, Carpe Diem, which delivers a raw, unadulterated gut punch for the entirety of its nearly forty-five minutes.
John’s burning passion and fire to play the music which has come to define his legacy is readily apparent throughout the album.
“Time” is another win for Leol, whose street cred is steadily rising on the scene, with two knock-it-out-of-the-park singles under his belt, it will be a great pleasure to watch his career unfold from here.
At the end of the day, whether or not we are aware of them, Mark Stein is bringing to light issues that need to be brought up, talked about, and rectified through music, and a message of hope, peace, and togetherness.