Music for 7/22/19!!! Seratones, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Carly Rae Jepsen

@@@ Seratones: Power (New West, 2019)  I dug these guys’ last record without it making my list.  I thought they could move away from the polished business and get into some dirty shit.  They go for a strong rhythm section right out of the gate with this pre-release single but then they wussed out on the guitar and washed it out with an ’80s chorus/flange sound and a synth.   The female singer (seen below) has a big ass voice but personally I don’t think this is the best way to showcase it.  If they went for a White Stripes kind of vibe I think they would get a lot of love.  This is a mixed bag of rock and mainstream sounds that sorta cancel each other out.  She’s an old school blues belter, they should go with it.  Just my dumbass opinion.

@@@ Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastagia (In Room 40, 2019) I got to this ambient artist via a shout out on the Twatter.  This record was released at the end of June and it’s a big baby, weighing in at 87 minutes.  I don’t think I will hang for the full show but it’s opening in a big cloudy ambient manner.  Get out the good headphones the clouds is rolling in!  The second tune (clipped below) is similar but it consists a bit more of shorter pulsating waves rather than long cloudy tones.  It also has a skeletal melody but there is plenty of air still whooshing through.  I like the balance and the tones in this tune a bit better.  The third tune is better still and I’m mostly mesmerized by it.  There’s some crunchy staticky bits in there and the ascending tones give it, oh my there’s more than a few crunchy bits it’s raining crunchy bits, that’s nice, nice contrast.

@@@ Carly Rae Jepsen: Want You in My Room (Interscope, 2019). One of the last tunes I’m gonna peep from the Guardian’s best songs of the room.  If girly Taylor Swift had a lovebaby with early Madonna it might sound a lot like this.  It’s a booty anthem covered in bubblegum and ’80s sounds.  She’s pushing the boundaries of breathy singing and there are most definitely a ton of vocal tracks on this record, including a vocal synth.  It’s so manicured it does make its booty anthem aspirations less hot.  I guess the debate here is what is the right amount of sound to have in this tune.  I would make the argument that this is a tad over the top, but others including the Apple Music blurb have it as joyous and euphoric.  Nobody is ever going to win this argument so let’s not have it.  If it’s supposed to be a sexy tune how sexy does she sound and does it work?  I say not very sexy and it works against itself.

YTD recordings listened to: 369
Good music, not list worthy: 220
Not good music: 127

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

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Music for 7/20/19!!! KinZie, Viagra Boys

@@@ KinZie: Dead Eyes (Self-released, 2019)  I got to this rock record via a music publicist email.  These guys hail from the fine state of Alabama — say hi to Roy Moore for me, I love that horny Christian dude, he’s awesome.  This is some old school R.E.M. style indie guitar music.  It’s got a bit of firehose mixed in there as well.  The record hasn’t been compressed a bunch so it could use a little volume to get that rocking vibe over to the listener’s ears more clearly.  It’s not really a style I can get excited about much anymore but it’s awfully difficult to shit on the singer as he’s just so earnest in his delivery.  I’m on the third song and Imma gonna tip now as I’ve seen this show and this is a show for other folks.

@@@ Viagra Boys: Street Worms (Year0001, 2018)  Trashy glam punk from the Line of Best Fit weekly email.  It’s part Prodigy and a dollop of Nine Inch Nails without the synth.  This first tune, Down in the Basement, is high energy with a quasi ranting singer who I kinda dig, a distorted bass and a blasting chorus when it hits.  It does straddle both straight rock and punk and it would be better served it was one or the other.  If it was some super dirty punk I could get with it more as I love that filth.

YTD recordings listened to: 366
Good music, not list worthy: 218
Not good music: 126

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

Music for 7/19/19!!! Okan, The Vicious Cycles, Full of Hell

@@@ Okan: Mas Que Nada (Self-released, 2019) I saw a gig announcement for this female, world music plus other sounds outfit.  I’m thinking I would call this smooth Latin jazz with two lush sounding females (pictured below I hope)  singing together.   Sung in Spanish with percussion accompanying a kit drummer it’s the full celebration of Latin jazz.  Big energetic piano song right in the middle of the track.  Big electric guitar solo after that and I like that less than the piano.  Oh there’s a very catchy violin/fiddle part that emerges during the bass solo, that’s stylish.  Then back into the vocal section to wrap up the track.  Maximum high end Latin feels here.

 

 

 

@@@ The Vicious Cycles – Motorcycho (Pirates Press)  I got to this record off the loud section at CFUV out in Vancouver.  I don’t know why it’s Motorcycho and not Motorpsycho, I guess for shits and giggles.  This is gonna be a white trash hoe down and I’m looking forward to it as the first track, Hot Dogs in the City, doesn’t offer a vegan hot dog as an option but I can forgive that.  Big ass vocal hooks, plenty of punk-a-billy guitar riffage and party track sing a longs.  They sure picked the right time to release this record as it’s got summer written all over it.  I liked the opener a whole lot, the second and third tunes dip a bit before the horns come in on the fourth track.  These guys are an invitation to load up on cheap beer and floaties.

 

@@@ Full Of Hell – Weeping Choir (Relapse)  Thrashing right out of the gate I got to this via the loud section at CFUV out in Vancouver.  This first tune has a methed out, over the top with energy and it does bang its head on the proverbial wall bigly.  Singing includes shredded orc voice as well as weird ass whooping caveman.  The second tune blasts off at an even higher tempo and this is punishing staticky metal.  Wow.  Good thing this tune is 1 minute long, otherwise I would be concerned for the drummer.  The fourth tune Rainbow Coil emphasizes the noisiness that is embedded in the previous three more metal tunes.  I like some rack up in my metal for sure.  This could qualify as a cathartic type of music and help you get some ill feelings out of your body and into the world.

 

 

YTD recordings listened to: 364
Good music, not list worthy: 216
Not good music: 126

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

 

 

Music for 7/18/19!!! Ajani Jones, Kali Malone, Ceremony

@@@ Alani Jones: Dragonfly ( Ajani Jones/Closed Sessions, 2019)  I got to this Chicago rapper via an indie hipster on the Twatter.  He’s slotted as hip hop on the Apple Music but this first track has plenty of r&b in it including a sung intro before the MC comes in.  These are uplifting lyrics that go with the sung chorus which is pretty straight Disney.  I like his microphone work more than I like the sounds though the sounds are well done just not particularly working for me.  I enjoyed the chill funk of Black Power Ranger most of what I heard.  I know it sounds flaky but I can’t really put my finger on why this music isn’t connecting with me but it’s not.

@@@ Kali Malone: The Sacrificial Code (IDEAL, 2019)  I got to this via record an email from a usually reissue vinyl selling joint, Stranded Records.  I love the sound of organ records and I actually collect them because I’m a freak.  Christian organ records, cocktail party records, etc.  This first tune capitalizes on the large and beautiful tone but is more in the indie realm than the other ones mentioned.  I’m on the second tune, the title track (clipped below) and the tempo has been pretty steady.  It’s slow and I dig it and am bored by it at the same time.  I don’t know why I would rock this record instead of Bach’s organ works.  The sameness and slowness of this detracts — personally I don’t think playing an organ slowly qualifies as drone music, it’s slow organ music.  But hey that’s just me, and if you haven’t peeped any solo organ lately then take a gander at this and see if you like it.  Don’t have a Red Bull before you sit down with this!

@@@ Ceremony: In the Spirit World Now (Relapse, 2019)  A pre release single from a publicist email.  I try to listen to Relapse Records releases, they put out high quality heavy music.  It’s certainly not standard Relapse business, it’s an updated Devo formula with crunchier guitars and a bit more swing.  Synth as a lead instrument is not a common quality on Relapse releases.  It’s an all right track but not really a blend of sounds I dig.  Check for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 361
Good music, not list worthy: 214
Not good music: 125

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

Music for 7/17/19!!! Jefre Cantu Ledesma, Abase, Kevin Abstract

@@@ Jefre Cantu Ledesma: Tracing Back the Radiance (Mexican Summer, 2019)  I’ve seen this record mentioned on the Twatter as well as in other promo emails.  I’m a little suspicious of the title as words like radiance often pull the listener down the New Age path.  The record consists of three pieces, the first at 21 minutes and the last at 15 minutes with a 5 minute banger in the middle.  It opens with a big pot of bell like drones, some sparse piano and a little bit of jazz like skittering drums.  It’s a New Age-smooth jazz kinda thing.  This is not awful, it’s just very familiar and my fears are confirmed.  The second piece, Joy, continues the huge, contemplative, fat happy baby flow.  I like some of the huge clouds of synths but the melodies and the soft sounds, meh.

@@@ Abase: Invocation (Lekker Collective, 2019) I saw this Hungarian jazz collective mentioned in a promo email by its Australian label.  At least I think that’s the chain of command.  Interesting right out of the gate with a wall of hand drumming and percussion (including some really nice metal percussion) mixed with ’70s fusion jam vibes.  A little ways in there is a chorus of female chanting/background vocals so it does straddle world music and a subgenre of jazz.  I love the hand drumming and if the rest of the playing was more adventurous I would be all over this record, but alas it’s pretty standard.

@@@ Kevin Abstract: Crumble (Sony, 2019)  Another song off of the Guardian’s songs of the summer article.  This record was released in April, so I’m not sure it’s proper to throw this in the summer jam pot.  It’s a mash of styles with left field hip hop rhymes and at least two indie sounding guitars.  No beats as of yet, this cat is weird by hip hop standards, not so weird by indie standards.  There is a very well done vocal break/choir thing towards the end right before the beat comes in.  I’m not sure why they waited so long for the beat as it comes in 30 seconds before the end of the tune.  It very much buoys the tune and adds to what are not the most flavorful guitars of all time.  I get a little summer vibe at the end but I suspect the work of a music publicist here as well.  It does not reek of corn on the cob and bbq.

YTD recordings listened to: 358
Good music, not list worthy: 212
Not good music: 124

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

Music for 7/16/19!!! Roisin Murphy, Lil Nas X, (Sandy) Alex G

@@@ Roisin Murphy: Incapable (Loaded/BMG, 2019)  I have not heard of this dancefloor diva til I peeped the Guardian’s songs of summer article that came yesterday.  This is some classic retro disco biscuitry with low key vocals — she’s not a 5 octave Mariah Carey kinda gal.  I don’t mind her vocal style but it would be more compelling if the sounds were less canned and fresher.  I’ve heard this track many many times and you have too without realizing it.  8:26 of white wedding dancing?  Perhaps.  Some people just want to get out their and wiggle their ass and there’s no shame in that but….c’mon there’s enough vanilla ice cream out there to fill many stadiums, naimsayin’?

@@@ Lil Nas X: Old Town Road (Sony, 2018) I’ve read tons about this song and Lil Nas X but I haven’t peeped it til now as I’m looking at the Guardian’s songs of the summer.  It’s a mildly country tune over a fat jeep bass and a trap beat.  It’s an unusual pairing sonically but it’s pretty simple like a popsicle and it comes and goes without making much more than noticing he black country drawled over some hip hop beats.  I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.  This smells a bit one hit wonder-y.

@@@ (Sandy) Alex G: Gretel (Domino, 2019)  A pre-release offkilter entry into the Guardian’s songs of the summer.  It gets into an indie groove with some Tim Hecker screaming types of drones in the back.  In come the shoegaze-y vocals and it’s the musical equivalent of an almost broke carnival.  At around 90 seconds the tune morphs into a strummed acoustic sing-a-long type of thing with what sound like calliope pipes.  Also gets garnished with shaker and mandolin it is both bright and dark at the same time.  Me personally I’m not feeling this as a summer track but that’s just me and it seems more like a music publicist’s successful crashing of a summer song list.

YTD recordings listened to: 355
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 123

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks

Music for 7/15/19!!! Billy Eilish/Justin Bieber, French Montana, Burna Boy

@@@ Billy Eilish & Justin Bieber: bad guy (Darkroom/Interscope, 2019)  Two of my least favorite ‘artists’ on today’s scene.    Brooding Ms. Eilish and Justin make a run at jam of the summer with finger snaps, a slinky bassline, and a big ass bowl of word salad.  I can’t tell if Justin is the bad guy, well he just said he was, but as we have covered he’s really soft as rich folks’ toilet paper.  The presentation of the sounds is off the hook, the sounds are not particularly unique or interesting, and the lyrics, well we’ve covered the low quality there.  This is pretty standard for major label stuff.  Highly polished nonsense.  Let’s just leave good readers with a final thought.  When they go into a fat bass, trap beat at the end of the tune, to my ears that seems a bit racial.  The bad guy is the black dude rocking trap beats and window shaking bass.  Hmmm, not well thought out.

@@@ French Montana: Wiggle It (Sony, 2019) Oh lord, this must be the Trump era where a female rapper exclaims that she will wiggle it he spends his cash.  Straight up front page of Apple Music whoring oneself, it’s all for sale, let’s put a bow on this shit and just drop it in the toilet.  A bad bitch looking for a rich ass n*gga!  Sounds is all right but I can’t get past the offensive lyrics.  To me this is as bad as any racist nonsense.  I made it to 1:45 and then I clicked out, fuck this nugget.

@@@ Burna Boy: Anybody (Atlantic, 2019)  Some Imma guessing African r&b let me GooglePimp that shit.  Nigeria!  Sung in English.  The groove is rock solid with a ton of intereting percussion.  The simple keyboard part is cool, the synth horns a bit cheesy, and he’s silky on the microphone.  It’s not Fela Kuti here, it’s a booty anthem but of higher quality than eilish/bieber and the trap biscuit above.  Good, but compared to the bag of ass offered above it stands out.

YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 120

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks