Remixes and remasters are somewhat contentious topics among music listeners. On the one hand, bringing modern technology to help improve the production of an older release made in the pre-laptop era sounds like a good idea. However, this rather simple refinement can result in creative decisions that can not only turn off long-time fans but can impact the true essence behind the record.
It is not often that a formerly corny artist makes a good album. Even rarer is when this artist is a YouTuber who completely changes sound to do so. This is the case of the rapper Quadeca who went from creating YouTube diss tracks to making one of 2022’s best folktronica projects. While some of the sounds were explored in 2021’s “From Me to You,” the level of improvement on the songwriting front here is startling.
Blue Rev, the new studio album released by Canadian indie and dream-pop band Alvvays, was always going to be a process to put together. This process was even more exacerbated by the many problems that all came together to stifle songwriting and recording. Thievery, flooding, COVID, and a whole new rhythm section swept away any hope of finishing their third album with any sort of speed, but despite all this, the record slaps.